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Release Date: November 5th, 2010

DVD Release Date: March 8th, 2011

R|1 hr 42 min

Plot Summary
A group of young Muslim men living in Sheffield decide to wage jihad, and they hatch an inept plan to become suicide bombers. Omar (Riz Ahmed) and Waj (Kayvan Novak) have a brief, disastrous run at a Pakistan training camp, while Faisal (Adeel Akhtar) works on an unlikely scheme to train birds to carry bombs. Their ill-conceived plan culminates at the London Marathon with their bumbling attempts to disrupt the event while dressed in outlandish costumes.

Cast: Riz Ahmed, Arsher Ali, Nigel Lindsay, Kayvan Novak, Adeel Akhtar, Benedict Cumberbatch, Julia Davis, Alex Macqueen

Director: Christopher Morris

Genres: Comedy drama

Distributors: Alamo Drafthouse Films

Keywords: Friendship, London, Escape, Amusing, Transformation, Engaging, Underdog, Sacrifice, 2000s, Friend

Ratings & Reviews

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  • A hilarious farce and a brilliant takedown of the imbecility of fanaticism. show more

  • The only reason to see it is Riz Ahmed's performance as Omar, the supposed brains of the operation. Mr. Ahmed reminded me a bit of Robert Carlyle. He's dynamic, quick-tongued and intense. And much too classy for this tatty room. show more

  • When it works - and it doesn't half the time - it's as if Monty Python were back, putting its merrily imbecilic stamp on the dark world of terrorism. show more

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Awards

Nominated Outstanding British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)