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Babel (2006)

R | | Drama | 10 November 2006 (USA)
Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.
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Cast

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Lilly
Trevor Martin ...
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Matyelok Gibbs ...
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Georges Bousquet ...
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Claudine Acs ...
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Wendy Nottingham ...
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Henry Maratray ...
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Linda Broughton ...
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Storyline

4 interlocking stories connected by a single gun converge at the end to reveal a complex and tragic story of the lives of humanity around the world and how we truly aren't all that different. In Morocco, a troubled married couple are on vacation trying to work out their differences. Meanwhile, a Moroccan herder buys a rifle for his sons so they can keep the jackals away from his herd. A girl in Japan dealing with rejection, the death of her mother, the emotional distance of her father, her own self-consciousness, and a disability among many other issues, deals with modern life in the enormous metropolis of Tokyo, Japan. Then, on the opposite side of the world the married couple's Mexican nanny takes the couple's 2 children with her to her son's wedding in Mexico, only to come into trouble on the return trip. Combined, it provides a powerful story and an equally powerful looking glass into the lives of seemingly random people around the world and it shows just how connected we really ... Written by Mac

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Rated R for violence, some graphic nudity, sexual content, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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10 November 2006 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$389,351, 29 October 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$34,302,837

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$135,330,182
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Trivia

Only Richard and Susan's segment was shot on 16 mm film; the rest of the movie was shot on 35 mm. In the scene where the helicopter finally arrives at the village, there is a slight pause as the 35 mm format kicks in. See more »

Goofs

When Santiago, Amelia, and the children are returning to California from Mexico, dawn in breaking on their left side. Since they're obviously heading north, their left side would be to the west, and not to the east where dawn would break. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Hassan: It's almost new. Three hundred cartridges. The guy who gave it to me said you can hit as far as three kilometers.
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Connections

Referenced in Una familia de diez: Gaby y Plutarco enojados (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Mujer Hermosa
Los Incomparables
Ventura Ramos
Ventura Ramos
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review from Rio
2 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

Just saw the movie at the Rio Film Festival. Crash-like or not, the film is not the first to tell a story of intertwined events, nor will it be the last. Discussions about screenplay similarity are irrelevant. What should be considered is the story being told by the very competent director, Alejandro González Iñárritu. It is a tale of different lives and the choices people make. Choices made in extreme situations and how their repercussions are interpreted and dealt with around the globe. It is also about how misconceptions and stereotypifications are unfair and misleading. The movie will not please some, but at least it brings light to a debate on human relations and cultural identities that is much needed in the world today.


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