THE STORY OF SADDAM HUSSEIN’S REAL LIFE
An account of the political life of the Iraqi president. Since 1979, Saddam Hussein had ruled the country with an iron hand, enjoying limitless power, combining populism with nationalism, using police terror and a sense of personality cult.
Testimonies from former soviet union and Iraqi citizens, archives, exceptional images, pictures from today’s Iraq help to understand the different steps of his ascent to complete power.
Thus, the life of this man, both an innovative leader and a tyrant is part and parcel of Iraqi history. It is an edifying portrait of a dictator whose political career rested on progress but also on totalitarian cruelty and was marked with fratricide plots and summary executions.
Most Popular Saddam Hussein Movies and TV Shows
1. The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)
A reporter in Iraq might just have the story of a lifetime when he meets Lyn Cassady, a guy who claims to be a former member of the U.S. Army’s New Earth Army, a unit that employs paranormal powers in their missions.
2. The Kingdom (2007)
A team of U.S. government agents are sent to investigate the bombing of an American facility in the Middle East.
Director: Peter Berg | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman
3. Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993)
“Rambo” parody in which Topper Harley leads a rescue team into Iraq to save Iraqi war prisoners and all of their previous rescue teams.
Director: Jim Abrahams | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Lloyd Bridges, Valeria Golino, Richard Crenna
4. Hot Shots! (1991)
A parody of Top Gun (1986) in which a talented but unstable fighter pilot must overcome the ghosts of his father and save a mission sabotaged by greedy weapons manufacturers.
Director: Jim Abrahams | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Cary Elwes, Valeria Golino, Lloyd Bridges
5. Courage Under Fire (1996)
A U.S. Army officer, despondent about a deadly mistake he made, investigates a female chopper commander’s worthiness for the Medal of Honor.
Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Denzel Washington, Meg Ryan, Lou Diamond Phillips, Michael Moriarty
6. The Devil’s Double (2011)
A chilling vision of the House of Saddam Hussein comes to life through the eyes of the man who was forced to become the double of Hussein’s sadistic son.
Director: Lee Tamahori | Stars: Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier, Raad Rawi, Philip Quast
7. Jane Austen’s Mafia! (1998)
Takeoff on the Godfather with the son of a mafia king taking over for his dying father
Director: Jim Abrahams | Stars: Jay Mohr, Christina Applegate, Lloyd Bridges, Billy Burke
8. Nothing Is Private (2007)
A young Arab-American girl struggles with her sexual obsession, a bigoted Army reservist and her strict father during the Gulf War.
Director: Alan Ball | Stars: Summer Bishil, Aaron Eckhart, Peter Macdissi, Chris Messina
9. Lakposhtha parvaz mikonand (2004)
Near the Iraqi-Turkish border on the eve of an American invasion, refugee children like 13-year-old Kak (Ebrahim), gauge and await their fate.
Director: Bahman Ghobadi | Stars: Soran Ebrahim, Avaz Latif, Saddam Hossein Feysal, Hiresh Feysal Rahman
10. La tigre e la neve (2005)
A love-struck Italian poet is stuck in Iraq at the onset of an American invasion.
Director: Roberto Benigni | Stars: Roberto Benigni, Jean Reno, Nicoletta Braschi, Tom Waits
11. Afterschool (2008)
An Internet-addicted prep-school student captures on video camera the drug overdose of two girls.
Director: Antonio Campos | Stars: Ezra Miller, Jeremy Allen White, Emory Cohen, Michael Stuhlbarg
12. Taxi to the Dark Side (2007)
Alex Gibney exposes the haunting details of the USA’s torture and interrogation practices during the War in Afghanistan.
Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Alex Gibney, Brian Keith Allen, Moazzam Begg, Christopher Beiring
13. Zamani barayé masti asbha (2000)
Young Iranian Kurdish siblings try to save the youngest of them, who is seriously ill.
Director: Bahman Ghobadi | Stars: Ayoub Ahmadi, Rojin Younessi, Amaneh Ekhtiar-dini, Madi Ekhtiar-dini
14. Standard Operating Procedure (2008)
Errol Morris examines the incidents of abuse and torture of suspected terrorists at the hands of U.S. forces at the Abu Ghraib prison.
Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Megan Ambuhl Graner, Javal Davis, Ken Davis, Anthony Diaz
15. Takhté siah (2000)
Itinerant Kurdish teachers, carrying blackboards on their backs, look for students in the hills and villages of Iran, near the Iraqi border during the Iran-Iraq war. Said falls in with a … See full summary »
Director: Samira Makhmalbaf | Stars: Said Mohamadi, Behnaz Jafari, Bahman Ghobadi, Mohamad Karim Rahmati
16. Doomsday Gun (1994 TV Movie)
How the brilliant Canadian munitions engineer, Dr. Gerald Bull, agreed to build a super-gun for Saddam Hussein in 1988, when the U.S. cut his funding for the experiment, and how it attracted the attention of several intelligence agencies.
Director: Robert Young | Stars: Frank Langella, Alan Arkin, Kevin Spacey, Michael Kitchen
17. Saving Jessica Lynch (2003 TV Movie)
Based on the true story of the rescue of Private Jessica Lynch, by the United States army, in Iraq.
Director: Peter Markle | Stars: Nicholas Guilak, Laura Regan, Brent Sexton, Mark Moses
18. Gunner Palace (2004)
American soldiers of the 2/3 Field Artillery, a group known as the “Gunners,” tell of their experiences in Baghdad during the Iraq War. Holed up in a bombed out pleasure palace built by Sadaam Hussein, the soldiers endured hostile situations some four months after President George W. Bush declared the end of major combat operations in the country.
Directors: Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker | Stars: Bryant Davis, Devon Dixon, Javorn Drummond, Elliot Lovett
19. The One That Got Away (1996 TV Movie)
An army unit conducting reconnaissance on the enemy territory is disclosed and defeated. Several surviving soldiers has a desperate running to the border.
Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: Jody Abrahams, Nick Brimble, Simon Burke, David Clatworthy
20. Chris Rock: Never Scared (2004 TV Special)
Are you ready for Rock? Actor/director/comedian Chris Rock performs a gut-busting set in his fourth HBO stand-up special taped before a live audience at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.
Director: Joel Gallen | Stars: Chris Rock, Dionicio Chambers, Doug E. Fresh, Eric Edwards.