TO VIEW THE PRIZES
“Corruption charges...corruption? Corruption is government
intrusion into market efficiencies in the form of regulation.
That's Milton Friedman. He got a goddamn Nobel Prize.
We have laws against it precisely so we can get away with it.
Corruption is our protection. Corruption keeps us safe
and warm. Corruption is why you and I are prancing around
in here instead of fighting over scraps of meat out in the street.
Corruption...is why we win.”
- Tim Blake Nelson as Danny Dalton to
Jeffrey Wright as Bennett Holiday
From writer/director Stephen Gaghan, winner
of the Best Screenplay Academy Award for Traffic ,
comes Syriana , a political thriller that unfolds against
the intrigues and corruption of the global oil industry.
>From the players brokering back-room deals in Washington
to the men toiling in the oil fields of the Persian Gulf , the
film's multiple storylines weave together to illuminate the
human consequences of the fierce pursuit of wealth and power.
The intrigue takes place against the backdrop
of an oil-producing Gulf country, where young, charismatic and
reform-minded Prince Nasir (ALEXANDER SIDDIG) is seeking to
change long-established relationships with U.S. business interests.
Nasir, the apparent heir to the throne, has just granted natural
gas drilling rights – long held by Connex, a Texas energy giant
– to a higher Chinese bid. This is a huge blow to
Connex and American business interests in the region.
Killen, a smaller Texas oil company owned by Jimmy Pope (CHRIS
COOPER), has just won the very competitive drilling rights to
coveted fields in Kazakhstan . This makes Killen very
attractive to Connex, who now needs new territory to maintain
its production capacity. When the two companies merge,
the pending deal attracts the scrutiny of the Justice Dept.,
and Sloan Whiting, a powerful white-shoe Washington law firm,
is brought in to perform due diligence.
Bob Barnes (GEORGE CLOONEY) is a veteran CIA
agent nearing the end of a long and respectable career, with
a son headed for college (MAX MINGHELLA) and the possibility
of spending the latter days of his service in a cushy desk job.
A devoted company man, Bob's always been a true believer that
his work benefits his government and makes his country a safer
In Bob's last assignment, an assassination of two arms dealers
in Tehran , a Stinger missile falls into the hands of a mysterious
blue-eyed Egyptian. On his return to Washington , Bob
is promised a promotion after one last undercover mission –
assassinating Prince Nasir. But when one of his field
contacts turns on him and the assassination attempt goes terribly
awry, Bob is scapegoated by the CIA, betrayed by the organization
to which he has devoted his life. As he searches to understand
what has happened, he begins to realize that he has been lied
to – used as a pawn and never privy to the real motivation for
the assignments he has blindly carried out for years.
Bennett Holiday (JEFFREY WRIGHT) is an ambitious Washington
attorney at Sloan Whiting, in charge of the delicate task of
guiding the Connex-Killen merger through the deep waters of
D.C. He needs to give the Justice Department enough material
to make their case against Killen for its shady dealings in
Kazakhstan without jeopardizing the entire deal.
It's in the company and the country's interest that the merger
go through. It also serves Bennett's ambitions – ambitions
fueled by a father (WILLIAM C. MITCHELL) he is constantly at
Energy analyst Bryan Woodman (MATT DAMON) is a rising star at
an Energy Trading Company, living with his wife Julie (AMANDA
PEET) and their two young sons in Geneva . When he attends
a party thrown by Prince Nasir's family, a tragic accident results
in the death of Bryan 's young son. Nasir attempts to
make amends for what happened, offering Bryan a business opportunity
to help the young leader realize his reformist ideas – an opportunity
Bryan embraces, to the dismay of his grieving wife.
Dean Whiting (CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER), Bennett's boss, the head
of Sloan Whiting and one of the most powerful men in Washington
, is trying to undo Nasir's deal with the Chinese. He knows
that Nasir's younger, more callow brother, Prince Meshal (AKBAR
KURTHA), will be more amenable to American business interests
and he pressures the aging Emir to choose his younger son to
succeed him, effectively engineering Nasir's political demise.
At the other end of the wage scale in Nasir's country are the
migrant laborers toiling in its energy fields, whose lives are
directly and drastically affected by the royal family's policies
and the vagaries of the industry. Connex workers Saleem
Ahmed Khan (SHAHID AHMED) and his son Wasim (MAZHAR MUNIR) have
just been laid off from their jobs in the fields when the Chinese
take them over, and their future becomes increasingly uncertain
as they search in vain for work before their visas run out.
Saleem dreams of someday returning to Pakistan ; his son hopes
for a better life but quickly becomes disillusioned and angry
at the way he and his father are treated as immigrant workers
in the Gulf. Wasim and his friend Farooq (SONNELL DADRAL)
find solace at the local madrassa, a place where they are treated
with dignity in an otherwise bleak and unfamiliar world.
At the madrassa, Wasim and Farooq are taken under the wing of
a charismatic and dangerous recruiter – the blue-eyed Egyptian
with the missing Stinger missile.
Sheiks and field workers, government inspectors and international
spies, rich and poor, the famous and infamous – each plays their
small part in the vast and complex system that powers the industry,
none realizing the true extent of the explosive impact their
lives will have upon the world.
* * *
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association
with Participant Productions, a 4M film, a Section Eight production, GEORGE
CLOONEY, MATT DAMON and JEFFREY WRIGHT in Syriana .
The film also stars CHRIS COOPER, WILLIAM HURT, MAZHAR MUNIR,
TIM BLAKE NELSON, AMANDA PEET, CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER and ALEXANDER
Written and directed by STEPHEN GAGHAN, the film
was based on the book entitled See No Evil by ROBERT BAER, and
is produced by JENNIFER FOX, MICHAEL NOZIK and GEORGIA KACANDES.
The executive producers are GEORGE CLOONEY, STEVEN SODERBERGH,
BEN COSGROVE and JEFF SKOLL. The director of photography
is ROBERT ELSWIT , A.S.C. ; the production designer is
DAN WEIL; and the editor is TIM SQUYRES. Music by ALEXANDRE
Syriana will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures,
a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
This film has been rated "R" by the MPAA for "violence
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