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A Mighty Heart

Rated R for horror violence, some sexual content and language.

R In Theaters 06/22/2007 , 103min.
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Plot & Details

Angelina Jolie stars as Mariane Pearl, wife of slain journalist Daniel Pearl, in director Michael Winterbottom's adaptation of Mariane's memoir recounting the abduction and murder of her husband (played in the film by Dan Futterman) by Pakistani militants. It was on January 23, 2002, that Mariane Pearl's life took a grim and unanticipated turn that no one could have seen coming. The South Asia Bureau Chief for the Wall Street Journal, Daniel Pearl, was in Pakistan with his pregnant wife, Mariane, when he set out to conduct one last interview for an upcoming article; the pair were due to fly back home to the U.S. shortly thereafter. By all accounts, it was the same type of interview he had conducted a hundred times before, and though the only concern that Daniel had voiced beforehand was that he might be a bit late for dinner, it would soon become obvious that something had gone horribly awry. Later, in an attempt to rise above the seething vengeance and cycle of violence that the post-9/11 world has fallen into and familiarize her newborn son with the father he will never know, Mariane penned A Mighty Heart: The Brave Life and Death of My Husband Danny Pearl. The remarkable true story behind the murder that shook the entire world, Mariane's deeply personal novel is adapted for the screen by the BAFTA award-winning director of The Road to Guantanamo.

Awards

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Angelina Jolie Nominated

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Actress Angelina Jolie Nominated

Cannes Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Cannes Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Chicago Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Actress Angelina Jolie Nominated

Golden Satellite Award

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Golden Satellite Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Angelina Jolie Nominated

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Independent Spirit Awards Best Feature Brad Pitt Nominated
2007 Independent Spirit Awards Best First Screenplay John Orloff Nominated
2007 Independent Spirit Awards Best Feature Andrew Eaton Nominated
2007 Independent Spirit Awards Best Feature Dede Gardner Nominated
2007 Independent Spirit Awards Best Female Lead Angelina Jolie Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 National Board of Review Best Independent Film Won

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