"Backstabbing for Beginners" is a 2018 political thriller film directed by Per Fly.
The starring cast includes Ben Kingsley, Theo James, Belçim Bilgin, Jacqueline Bisset, Rossif Sutherland, Rachel Wilson, Brian Markinson, Daniela Lavender, Aidan Devine, Peshang Rad and others.

Here are "Backstabbing for Beginners" movie trailer, plot summary, full cast and characters, release date and everything we know so far.


Is there a trailer for Backstabbing for Beginners movie?

A24 on Thursday, March 22, 2018 released the trailer for "Backstabbing for Beginners" you can watch here:
Backstabbing For Beginners | Official Trailer HD | A24.

Plot summary

What is Backstabbing for Beginners movie plot?

Here is a short review of "Backstabbing for Beginners" movie plot summary.

The film follows Michael Sullivan (Theo James), the son of US State Department diplomat who died when Michael was young. Michael leaves a lucrative job at a large bank and lands his dream job as a diplomat with the United Nations (UN), in the fall of 2002. He is assigned to work as an assistant to Under-Secretary-General Costa "Pasha" Passaris, the head of the Oil-for-Food Programme, operated since 1995 to help the citizens of Iraq without allowing the oil sales to boost Saddam Hussein and his regime. On his first visit to Baghdad, local UN chief diplomat Christina Dupre (Jacqueline Bisset) makes it clear to Pasha (Ben Kingsley) that she is disturbed by the corruption in the programme, and plans to publish a report voicing her concerns. This is the first Michael hears of the problem, and over the course of the film he uncovers a major corruption scandal, whereby payoffs and bribes diverted $20 billion of the funds away from food and into the hands of companies, banks, officials of various governments, and officials of the UN itself, possibly including Pasha, so that Hussein can pocket over $1 billion of the funds.
Michael falls in love with Nashim (Belçim Bilgin), a UN worker in Baghdad who reveals aspects of the corruption to Michael, while she covertly works to advance the cause of her own people, the Kurds of northern Iraq. Pasha tries to teach Michael about the realities of diplomacy in a world filled with corruption, highlighting that $60 billion does make it into buying food and medicine for the people of Iraq. As more of the people around him are killed, including Nashim and Dupre, and as the corruption continues even after the programme was de jure terminated in 2003, following the Coalition Invasion of Iraq, a dejected Michael gathers evidence and takes it to The Wall Street Journal.


Who plays who in the Backstabbing for Beginners movie?

Here is the full cast and characters of "Backstabbing for Beginners" movie. Actors and actresses are sorted mostly in credits order.

Ben Kingsley  as Pasha Pasaris
Theo James  as Michael
Belçim Bilgin  as Nashim Hussani
Jacqueline Bisset  as Christina Dupre
Rossif Sutherland  as Trevor
Rachel Wilson  as Lily
Brian Markinson  as Rasnetsov
Daniela Lavender  as Ruth Zekra Kal
Aidan Devine  as Justin Cutter
Peshang Rad  as Hassan
Karim Doukkali  as Kurdish Minister
Zahir Gilani  as Bearded Man
Hattie Kragten  as Kate
Kardo Razzazi  as Abhek
Julie Khaner  as Melina Pasaris
Shauna MacDonald  as Reporter
Michael Man  as Archives Clerk
Carlos Pinder  as Taxi Driver
Mouad Lasmak  as Al-Rasheed Waiter (as Mouad Lasmek)
Janah Thani  as Baghdad Hospital Director
Zakaria Atifi  as Ba'athist Bureaucrat
Abdelhamid Abo Inane  as Bellman
Nour El Houda  as Sick Little Girl
Alex Hatz  as WSJ Editor
Bobby Ricketts  as UN Council President
Adil Barrouche  as Turkish Businessman
Younes Bouab  as Desperate Doc
Dwight Ireland  as US Customs Agent
Jerome Vicolitto  as Italian Field Observer
Anas El Akil  as Company Rep
Fatiha Ouatili  as Little Girl's Mom
Jamillah Ross  as Female CPA Guard
Jamal Selmaoui  as RAT's D-4 (as Jamal Selamoui)
Hassan Grennouni  as Nashim's Grandfather
Abderrahim Samadi  as Shop Owner (as Samadi Aberrahim)
Ola Sturik  as Field Reporter
Mishu Vellani  as Award Presenter
Abbas Abdulghani  as Kurdish Imam

Release date

When is Backstabbing for Beginners movie release date?

"Backstabbing for Beginners" movie release date was scheduled to be on January 18, 2018 (Denmark) and on April 27, 2018 (United States) distributing by A24, DirecTV Cinema, M2 Pictures, Unplugged, EuroVideo, Falcon Films, Mongkol Major, NOS Audiovisuais and Star Entertainment.


What are Backstabbing for Beginners filming details?

The duration of the film is 104 minutes. The film's budget is $8 million US.

"Backstabbing for Beginners" movie is rated "R", according to the MPAA film rating system.


What are critics and audiences saying about Backstabbing for Beginners movie?

"Backstabbing for Beginners" movie got average rating from critics. IMDB rating is 6.3/10. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 38/100. But the audience kinda likes the film.

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