Later, he campaigned unsuccessfully for Irish citizenship, becoming an outspoken critic of Ireland’s then minister for justice, Michael McDowell. Once the Baathist regime fell, many of the points mentioned in his story were verified. Privacy Policy  /  Terms of Use /  Store Terms. [3][4] Uday was permanently handicapped by the attack but survived until his killing by U.S. forces in 2003. While the crimes that Saddam committed are not hidden from the world, and neither are his son’s – who clearly seems to be a lot more horrible than his father and was proud of it – this book still gives a great amount of explicit detail regarding what life under the brutal regime was truly like, particularly focusing on the vicious acts that the murderer, rapist and party boy Uday Hussein used to commit. Latif comes from an upper-class family and had attended school with Uday, where the other students would remark on their likeness. Ice T and wife CoCo, Michael Strahan, and designer Patricia Fields were among the guests. The Devil’s Double is based on a true story. [9] Roger Ebert awarded the film three out of four stars and said "All due praise to Dominic Cooper. The E-mail message field is required. While on active service during the Iran-Iraq war, he was summoned to Baghdad to serve as Uday’s “fidi” (or body double). IGN awarded it 3.5 out of 5 and said "certainly a fresh perspective on one of the Middle East's most brutal dictators". Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway. “Since I came here,” he replied, “I don’t want to hide who I am.”. [6] also awarded it 3.5 out of five and said "and while the film feels deeply flawed, Cooper is worth the price of admission. After an appearance at a conference with several Kuwaiti leaders, an attempt is made on Uday's (Latif's) life, apparently by a member of a rebel opposition group, possibly a Kurd. The after party following the film was held at the Top of the Standard. WorldCat is the world's largest library catalog, helping you find library materials online. [In truth, Latif is readily available to give interviews from his new home in Ireland.] He replied: “Our goal in this interview is to allow our viewers the opportunity to form their own opinions about his credibility.” I took that as a no. Set in decadent eighties Baghdad, the film takes you back to the lascivious, debauched, barbarous world of Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. Uday calls Latif and offers him one final chance to return to Iraq, threatening to kill his father if he refuses. They wound him severely, including mangling his genitals with a direct shot. However, Latif does return to Iraq, not to continue to serve as Uday's double, but rather to kill him, with the help of a man whose bride killed herself after being raped and beaten by Uday on her wedding day. And yes, The Devil’s Doorway is found footage, but don’t worry if you don’t like this subgenre. When Gegeo passes sarcastic comments about Uday's sexual advances towards his young victim, Uday butchers him with an electric carving knife in front of all of the guests. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. Why then, I asked, did he give so many interviews? To Uday's great concern, Latif nearly loses a little finger in the assault, which presumably would mean Uday would have to have his amputated to maintain their resemblance, but doctors are able to save Latif's finger. Latif initially refuses the position, but is imprisoned and tortured, ultimately relenting when his family is threatened. It was released on 22 January 2011 at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was released in limited theaters on 29 July 2011 by Lionsgate and Herrick Entertainment. You may send this item to up to five recipients. Please enter the message. The two escape to Valletta, but Sarrab, fearing for her daughter in Iraq, calls Uday begging for the chance to return without being harmed. "[7] Rockstar Weekly awarded the film a positive review, saying "Hats off to director Lee Tamahori (Die Another Day) for taking a controversial topic and turning it into a masterful film. The film is purportedly based on the true story of Latif Yahia (Dominic Cooper), an Iraqi army captain forced to work as a body double for the eldest son of Saddam Hussein, Uday. The after party following the film was held at the Top of the Standard. Why was there a poster advertising his latest book hanging in the window of his local pub? 0 with reviews - Be the first. Felicia Feaster. During the speech, Uday calls his brother from his mother's bedroom, playfully challenging him to tell the difference between Latif and Uday; his brother succinctly replies that he can tell: "He's sober and he's not foaming at the mouth." Read more... based on 1 rating(s) This is definitely one of the better I’ve seen. Chris Brown’s Son Aeko, 11 Mos., Learns To Swim In Cute Video As He Brings Singer’s Mom To ‘Tears’ – Watch, ‘Pump Rules’ Star Tom Sandoval Shows Off Hot New Fitness Transformation — See Before & After Pics, Kylie Jenner’s Daughter Stormi, 2, Plays With Her Toys In $350 Balenciaga Political Campaign Hoodie, Khloe Kardashian Makes Light of Tristan Thompson’s Cheating Scandals, Intense, Passionate Scorpio—These 5 Sex Positions Are For You, SNL: Dave Chappelle Advises Biden Supporters to Stay 'Humble,' Having Once Felt Like Trump Voters Do Now, Foo Fighters Debut ‘Shame Shame’ on ‘SNL,’ Announce New Album, VP-Elect Kamala Harris Wears Suffragette White for Powerful Victory Speech After Historic Win, Who doesn’t love a good gangster movie? On the surface, Latif Yahia’s is a compelling tale. I love these larger than life stories. The real Uday, though, is more concerned with the Kuwaitis, who he believes have been slant drilling into Iraq's Rumaila oil field. Their job is to produce an entertaining film that people will enjoy and, by all accounts, they have succeeded. Yet with the film about to open at the box office, Yahia is being rolled out once again for another round of interviews, and the British press are once again lapping up this “true story”. Laṭīf Yaḥyá; Odai Saddam Hussein; Saddam Hussein; Odai Saddam Hussein; Saddam Hussein; Laṭīf Yaḥyá; Odai Saddam Hussein. “Nobody ever thought to investigate his claims.”. Get this from a library! No one saw and heard from that teacher again. Personally, I didn’t know much about Uday Hussein as it was Saddam who always seemed to be getting attention in the international news. "[8] However, the Los Angeles Times gave the film a negative review, saying "The story of Uday Hussein's body double is relentlessly violent and lurid". The film ends by stating that Latif has been a very difficult man to find after these events. When he refused, he was tortured and forced to undergo cosmetic surgery, so that he might more closely resemble Saddam’s psychotic son. Uday believes Gegeo facilitated an affair between Saddam and Samira Shahbandar, which devastated his mother, Sajida Talfah, and he also expresses jealousy at the trust his father places in Kamel Hana. The film has been coined “Baghdad’s, The luxurious lifestyle of the “royal family” takes the screen. http:\/\/\/oclc\/52287531> ; http:\/\/\/dataset\/WorldCat> ; http:\/\/\/title\/-\/oclc\/52287531#PublicationEvent\/london_arrow_2003>. September 21, 2011. In my article, I wrote that I found it difficult to believe a single word he said. Concern for his family’s safety was the justification he used for any amount of illegal, illogical and/or bizarre behaviour. He sat behind an enormous desk, with an Iraqi flag and ceremonial sword behind him. 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It describes how from a young age, Uday was a spoiled brat. [2], In 1987, Latif Yahia (Dominic Cooper), an Iraqi soldier fighting in the Iran–Iraq War, is called to become a "fedai" ("body double" or political decoy) for Uday Hussein (also played by Cooper), the playboy son of Iraqi president Saddam Hussein (Philip Quast). I love these larger than life stories. The E-mail Address(es) field is required. Information about your device and internet connection, including your IP address, Browsing and search activity while using Verizon Media websites and apps.

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