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In Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer," a man without a past rattles around in the life of a man with too much of one. He begins by reading the work of an earlier ghost who mysteriously drowned, and finds it boring and conventional. Hired to pep up the manuscript to justify a $10 million advance, he discovers material to make it exciting, all right, and possibly deadly.

This movie is the work of a man who knows how to direct a thriller. Smooth, calm, confident, it builds suspense instead of depending on shock and action. The actors create characters who suggest intriguing secrets. The atmosphere -- a rain-swept Martha's Vineyard in winter -- has an ominous, gray chill, and the main interior looks just as cold.

This is the beach house being used by Adam Lang ( Pierce Brosnan ), a former British prime minister so inspired by Tony Blair that he might as well be wearing a nametag. Lang has one of those households much beloved by British authors of country house mysteries, in which everyone is a potential suspect -- of something, anyway. Lang's wife Ruth ( Olivia Williams ), smart and bitter, met Lang at Cambridge. His aide Amelia ( Kim Cattrall ), smart and devious, is having an affair with him. The wife knows, and isn't above referring to it in front of the Ghost. Security men lurk about, and a couple of service workers look rather sinister.

Just as his new ghost writer starts work, Lang is accused by his former foreign minister of sanctioning the kidnapping and torture of suspects. The World Court prepares an indictment. It would be unwise for Lang to return to Britain, and he flees to Washington for a photo op with the U.S. administration, unnamed, although the Secretary of State looks a whole lot like Condi Rice.

The PM's story is based on a best-seller by Robert Harris , who co-wrote the screenplay with Polanski. He implies parallels between his story and the Blair and (both) Bush administrations, but uses a light touch and sly footwork so that not every viewer will necessarily connect the dots. There is also a loud clanging alarm inviting comparison between Polanski's Lang, an exile sought by a court, and Polanski himself. This is also the fourth thriller in recent months to make a villain of a corporation obviously modeled on Halliburton.

The Ghost is left to his own devices in a house haunted by the unsaid, and Polanski slips into a pure filmmaking mode. I won't describe what the Ghost searches for, but I will tell you that Polanski evokes Hitchcock in a conversation with an elderly local ( Eli Wallach ) and some forbidding beach scenes. And that he is masterful in the way he shows the dead former Ghost providing the new one with directions, so to speak, leading to a possible source.

There is also a Hitchcock touch in visuals where an incriminating note is passed from hand to hand; the scene is so well done that it distracts from the fact that the Ghost didn't need the information in the note to arrive at the same inference.

There are a few other loose ends. The film seems to have a high incidence of black cars designed to be used as murder weapons. It's far from clear what Ruth's emotional state is on one rainy night. The Ghost himself seems too much a lightweight to explain his daring sleuthing. But the performances are so convincing in detail that they distract us from our questions. McGregor's character has no family, little pride and much insouciance, but is very smart and doesn't enjoy his intelligence being insulted. And Olivia Williams projects the air of a wife who is committed to her husband in more than expected ways.

"The Ghost Writer" is handsome, smooth and persuasive. It is a Well-Made Film. Polanski at 76 provides a reminder of directors of the past who were raised on craft, not gimmicks, and depended on a deliberate rhythm of editing rather than mindless quick cutting. The film immerses you in its experience. It's a reminder that you can lose yourself in a story because all a film really wants to do is tell it.

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The Ghost Writer

2010, Drama/Mystery & thriller, 2h 9m

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While it may lack the revelatory punch of Polanski's finest films, Ghost Writer benefits from stylish direction, a tense screenplay, and a strong central performance from Ewan McGregor. Read critic reviews

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When a successful ghostwriter, the Ghost (Ewan McGregor), agrees to finish the memoirs of Adam Long (Pierce Brosnan), England's former prime minister, his publisher assures him it's the chance of a lifetime. Instead, he begins to uncover evidence that suggests his late predecessor knew a dark secret about Lang and may have been murdered to prevent it from coming to light.

Rating: PG-13 (Brief Nudity|A Drug Reference|Language|Sexuality|Some Violence)

Genre: Drama, Mystery & thriller

Original Language: English

Director: Roman Polanski

Producer: Roman Polanski , Robert Benmussa , Alain Sarde

Writer: Roman Polanski , Robert Harris

Release Date (Theaters): Mar 19, 2010  wide

Release Date (Streaming): Aug 26, 2016

Box Office (Gross USA): $15.5M

Runtime: 2h 9m

Distributor: Summit Entertainment

Production Co: RP Films 11, Runteam III, Babelsberg Film GmbH

Cast & Crew

Pierce Brosnan

Ewan McGregor

Kim Cattrall

Olivia Williams

Tom Wilkinson

Paul Emmett

Timothy Hutton

Sidney Kroll

Eli Wallach

Jim Belushi

John Maddox

Robert Pugh

Richard Rycart

Roman Polanski

Screenwriter

Robert Harris

Henning Molfenter

Executive Producer

Robert Benmussa

Alain Sarde

Paweł Edelman

Cinematographer

Albrecht Konrad

Production Design

Hervé de Luze

Film Editing

Dinah Collin

Costume Design

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A solid political thriller that slowly escalates to tension at the right pace. <i>The Ghost Writer</i> is a well-done proof that Polanski has not lost his auteur signature, as brief visual trademarks that characterized his thrillers of the 60s are present here, from the cinematography to digging the most macabre layers of his characters. Rather than being a film about moral, or a political film about prioritizing international relations rather than $250,000 US dollars, like a Flixster contact called SirPant used to say, it is a film about ghosts: The original title is indeed "The Ghost", which does not only refer to the protagonist but also the ghost of the previous dead ghost writer unraveling deep secrets, the present ghost writer may be located on a ghost island, moving like a ghost among people so his investigation is not uncovered, etc. He concluded: <i>"The film is so full of ghosts!"</i>. Indeed, it is, thanks to Polanski's moody gray atmosphere. 75/100

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Not the best conspiracy film but under the hand of Roman Polanski, it entertains you long enough to finish it.

slow as hell but intriguing polanski film. if you can wait for the pay off you'll be surprised. be warned you could probably read the book before the film ends

A fantastic political thriller with almost reckless resemblance to real life. A Ton Blair-ish, edgy Pierce Brosnan and the lady who played his wife were impressive, but it was Ewan McGreggor who played the nameless, symbolic ghost writer who takes the cake. Oh, and did a mention that this is co-written and directed by Roman Polanski?

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2010 Directed by Roman Polanski

Read between the lies.

A writer stumbles upon a long-hidden secret when he agrees to help former British Prime Minister Adam Lang complete his memoirs on a remote island after the politician's assistant drowns in a mysterious accident.

Ewan McGregor Pierce Brosnan Kim Cattrall Olivia Williams Tom Wilkinson Timothy Hutton Jon Bernthal Tim Preece Robert Pugh David Rintoul Eli Wallach Jim Belushi Anna Botting Yvonne Tomlinson Milton Welsh Alister Mazzotti Tim Faraday Kate Copeland Soogi Kang Hong Thay Lee John Keogh Hans-Peter Sussner Stuart Austen Marianne Graffam Morgane Polanski Andy Gütig Robert Wallhöfer Glenn Conroy Robert Seeliger Show All… Clayton Nemrow Julia Kratz Nyasha Hatendi Daphne Alexander Angelique Fernandez Anne Wittman Michael S. Ruscheinsky Mo Asumang Sylke Ferber Desirée Erasmus Errol Shaker Errol Trotman-Harewood Talin Lopez Joel Kirby Regine Hentschel Jeff Burrell Daniel Sutton Eben Young Jaymes Butler

Director Director

Roman Polanski

Assistant Director Asst. Director

Ralph Remstedt

Producers Producers

Roman Polanski Robert Benmussa Alain Sarde Timothy Burrill Charlie Woebcken Christoph Fisser

Executive Producer Exec. Producer

Henning Molfenter

Writers Writers

Roman Polanski Robert Harris

Original Writer Original Writer

Robert Harris

Casting Casting

Editor editor.

Hervé de Luze

Cinematography Cinematography

Paweł Edelman

Production Design Production Design

Albrecht Konrad

Art Direction Art Direction

Cornelia Ott David Scheunemann Steve Summersgill

Set Decoration Set Decoration

Ulli Isfort Bernhard Henrich

Stunts Stunts

Volkhart Buff

Composer Composer

Alexandre Desplat

Sound Sound

Nicolas Becker Jean-Marie Blondel Thomas Desjonquères

Costume Design Costume Design

Dinah Collin

Makeup Makeup

Jean-Max Guérin Didier Lavergne Kyra Panchenko Elisa Costa

R.P. Productions Studio Babelsberg Runteam France 2 Cinéma Summit Entertainment FFA Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg FilmFörderung Hamburg Mecklenburg Vorpommern France Télévisions Bogard 321 Films R.P. Films Elfte Babelsberg Film GmbH Runteam III Ltd. Pathé StudioCanal

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Will Sloan

Review by Will Sloan ★★★★½

I wonder if Polanski identified with the Tony Blair (Brosnan) character, specifically the scene where he is told he needs to stick to countries that don’t have extradition treaties.

Josh Lewis

Review by Josh Lewis ★★★★ 2

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

to be fair, there are probably very few horrifying crimes that can't be traced back to a few millionaire liberal think tanks and the CIA

I.V.

Review by I.V. ★★★★½ 1

Duplicities and political actors, the multi-million-dollar memoir as metaphor for a geopolitics controlled by obscure interests and ghost writers. Apart from a couple of VFX shots, this is close to perfect in terms of craft and atmosphere and just might be the best film Polanski made after the ‘70s: tightly paced, terrifically cast, expertly manipulated. Hadn’t seen it in eight or nine years, but was surprised how many lines of dialogue I remembered right down to the inflection.

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Review by Cinemacl🎃wn ★★★ 12

Carrying a very mysterious vibe from its opening moments, full of twists n turns throughout its runtime & benefiting greatly from Alexandre Desplat's sensational score, Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer is a finely crafted & nicely performed political drama that's narrated in a highly controlled manner yet turns out to be slightly underwhelming in the end.

Based on Robert Harris' novel, the story of The Ghost Writer concerns a nameless ghostwriter who's hired to complete the memoirs of a former Prime Minister of United Kingdom, after the untimely death of the writer who was previously assigned the same job. The plot covers his efforts as he tries to connect different pieces of the same puzzle to uncover a secret that changes everything.…

jaywill🎅

Review by jaywill🎅 ★★★★ 2

My parents were livid at the ending of this movie, but I thought it was very......impactful 😏

matt lynch

Review by matt lynch ★★★★

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Nick Newman

Review by Nick Newman 1

In a quick — really quick — bit McGregor’s trying to hail this cab, struggling, and raises his outstretched arm so slightly, with equal brevity; the camera lifts in concert with his body, effort, timing. Which it doesn’t need to, it’s not that urgent a cab-ride — little’s urgent to this character until it’s inevitably, invariably too late — and anyway we’re resituated in the medium two-shot after maybe not even one second.

It’s playful but not cute, amusing but not funny — a smidge funny, but not funny-ha-ha. It’s neither a synecdoche for the movie in toto nor should it technically inform whatever follows, except to say that few — really few — directors would bother with this gesture, fewer would have even the slightest chance convincing you it’s germane to anything.

That’s Polanski.

Lawrence Garcia

Review by Lawrence Garcia ★★★★ 6

Polanski’s seeming retreat from authorship doubles as an escape into airport-paperback fiction and ghostwritten memoir, though this compulsively watchable pulp thriller requires neither anti-Blair politics nor life/art subtext to function. “Nothing,” after all, is what Ewan McGregor’s unnamed hack writer offers in order to snag this particular job. From there, it’s off to a secluded island—nominally Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, but really a mix of a Berlin soundstage and the island of Sylt in the North Sea—a space as artificial as that of Death and the Maiden (a film with its own personal-political reckoning), but now it’s all oppressively modernist spaces, tones of cobalt and slate, and perpetually stormy skies. Possibly the leanest 128 minutes of the decade, filled with utterly…

Matthew Christman

Review by Matthew Christman ★★★ 8

Not even Polanski can make Google searches exciting.

Also, it's adorable when Brits try to cook up fantasies of covert American cooptation of their government like we didn't buy them out wholesale after World War Two.

Evan Morgan

Review by Evan Morgan ★★★★½ 1

Still the best straight thriller of the 21st century, uncut and unapologetic airport fiction. My aesthetic, admittedly: graphite toned and streaked with rain, cruel, boozy. The political window dressing has aged a little more poorly than I might have imagined (a powerful man nearly held to account for his sins!?) but it matters not very much. This is the purest of Polanski’s Oedipus myths, untarnished by Freud or needless subtext. Knowledge is death.

brendanowicz

Review by brendanowicz

Polanski is relatively unique among cinema's problematic predator figures because his work does not evade, apologize for, or dissemble about his crimes. To the contrary, many of his films are frighteningly lucid about sexual violence, masculine vanity, and the ways in which elites evade accountability. None of this substitutes for personal moral reckoning or restorative justice, but for the viewer it makes for consistently bracing experiences. His adaptation of The Ghost Writer makes a straightforward conspiracy narrative into one of the headiest pop cocktails of the 21st century. The combination of Blair, Clinton, and Reagan into a single narcissistic proxy with the movie-star baggage of Pierce Brosnan lifts the story out of a backwards-looking reckoning with the War on Terror…

Mike Thorn

Review by Mike Thorn ★★★★★ 1

The real world counterpart to The Ninth Gate 's Luciferian allegory: the cruelest, most deceitful evils are born from the highest of power networks. Formally pristine, crystalline.

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A British screenwriter agrees to ghostwrite the memoirs of a retired prime minister, but after he takes the job the former political leader is accused of committing a war crime. As the writer uncovers facts that corroborate these suspicions, he begins to fear he might be killed, just like the man who worked on the memoirs before him.

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Written by renovatio on april 11, 2017.

Such an eerie and haunting movie… I expected just another political thriller, but this is so much more interesting…

The remote setting, the media storm… the layered motivations of the characters, sexual, financial, political etc…

It was also great to see cinematography that wasn’t just close ups of talking heads, which is the norm for these kinds of movies…

I also liked the parallels to the real world, the Blair-esque prime minister, the Middle Eastern wars and such, but also that it really is it’s own movie and is more concerned with painting a certain world than with commenting on cu... read the rest.

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Budget $45,000,000.00

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When a successful British ghostwriter, The Ghost, agrees to complete the memoirs of former British Prime Minister Adam Lang, his agent assures him it's the opportunity of a lifetime. But the project seems doomed from the start-not least because his predecessor on the project, Lang's long-term aide, died in an unfortunate accident. The Ghost flies out to work on the project, in the middle of winter, to an oceanfront house on an island off the U.S. Eastern seaboard. But the day after he arrives, a former British cabinet minister accuses Lang of authorizing the illegal seizure of suspected terrorists and handing them over for torture by the CIA-a war crime. The controversy brings reporters and protesters swarming to the island mansion where Lang is staying with his wife, Ruth, and his personal assistant and mistress, Amelia. As The Ghost works, he begins to uncover clues suggesting his predecessor may have stumbled on a dark secret linking Lang to the CIA-and that somehow this information is hidden in the manuscript he left behind. Was Lang in the service of the American intelligence agency while he was prime minister? And was The Ghost's predecessor murdered because of the appalling truth he uncovered?

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Released in United States Winter February 19, 2010

Released in United States February 2010

Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (Competition) February 11-21, 2010.

Based on the novel "The Ghost" written by Robert Harris, published by Simon & Schuster October 23, 2007.

Tilda Swinton and Nicolas Cage previously attached as actors.

Released in United States February 2010 (Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (Competition) February 11-21, 2010.)

Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival.

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