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Film Date :   November 23, 2005
Genre :   Thriller Drama   
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Syrianais a 2005 geopolitical thriller film written and directed by Stephen Gaghan , and executive produced by George Clooney , who also stars in the film with an ensemble cast . Gaghan's screenplay is loosely adapted from Robert Baer 's memoirSee No Evil. The film focuses on petroleum politics , and the global influence of the oil industry , whose political, economic, legal, and social effects are experienced by a Central Intelligence Agency operative ( George Clooney ), an energy analyst ( Matt Damon ), a Washington attorney ( Jeffrey Wright ), and a young unemployed Pakistani migrant worker ( Mazhar Munir ) in an Arab country in the Persian Gulf. The film also features an extensive supporting cast including Amanda Peet , Tim Blake Nelson , and Christopher Plummer , as well as Academy Award winners Chris Cooper , William Hurt with Alexander Siddig and Amr Waked .

As with Gaghan's screenplay forTraffic,Syrianauses multiple, parallel storylines, jumping from locations in Iran , Texas , Washington D.C. , Switzerland , Spain , and Lebanon .

Clooney won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Agent Bob Barnes, and Gaghan's script was nominated by the Academy for Best Original Screenplay . As of April 20, 2006, the film grossed a total of $50.82 million in the U.S. box office and $42.9 million overseas, for a total of $93.73 million.

United States energy giant Connex is losing control of key Middle East oil fields in a kingdom ruled by the al-Subaai family. The emirate 's foreign minister , Prince Nasir ( Alexander Siddig ) has granted natural gas drilling rights to a Chinese company, greatly upsetting the US oil industry and government . To compensate for its decreased production capacity, Connex initiates a shady merger with Killen, a smaller oil company that recently won the drilling rights to key petroleum fields in Kazakhstan . In the film, Connex-Killen is loosely based on ExxonMobil and their deal for the Tengiz oil field in 2003. Connex-Killen ranks as the world's twenty-third largest corporation, and US antitrust regulators at the Department of Justice (DOJ) have misgivings. A Washington law firm headed by Dean Whiting ( Christopher Plummer ) is hired to smooth the way for the merger. Bennett Holiday ( Jeffrey Wright ) is assigned to promote the impression of due diligence to the DOJ, deflecting any allegations of corruption.

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