The Devil's Double

The Devil's Double

DVD - 2011
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Based on the life story of Latif Yahia. Summoned to Saddam Hussein's palace, Iraqi army lieutenant Yahia is thrust into the highest echelons of the 'royal family' when he's ordered to become the body double to Saddam's son, the notorious 'Black Prince' Uday Hussein, a reckless, sadistic, party-boy with a rabid hunger for sex and brutality. With his and his family's lives at stake, Latif must surrender his former self forever. But nothing could have prepared him for the horror of the Black Prince's psychotic, drug-addled life.

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EuSei Feb 18, 2016

This movie is not a bio, but was loosely based upon that vicious monster, the loony called Uday Saddam Hussein. According to the film makers, they had access to the tapes showing Uday's torture binges. They show a few scenes, from a TV screen, but the sound is enough to make your hair curl--especially the ones with women being tortured. I simply turned my face away until it was over. My husband reminded me it was just a movie, but I reminded him the Hussein regime perpetrated these horrendous things to innocent human beings. This is a good way to remember why we fight against dictatorships/terrorists/extremists. Very well done and, despite the little resemblance with Udey, Dominic Cooper is fantastic. NOT for minor children, most definitely.

real_thing Jan 07, 2016

TRUE STORY. Iraq dictator

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BlueHippo
May 29, 2015

Amazing. I knew this guy was a nut case (Uday)), but had no idea how much of a nut case he really was. Great acting by the lead in the double role. Good use of real news footage.

jpozenel Mar 08, 2015

I am just amazed at the high ratings and complimentary comments about this movie. It is utter rubbish!

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roystreet
Feb 21, 2015

Really fine work by Dominic Cooper in the dual role; this is probably as close as we're going to get to the horror of Sadam Hussein's tyranny. *
The director's commentary is recommended.

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beckythecat1
Nov 13, 2014

this film should be shown to people who do not understand why the people of Iraq are so depressed. much is hard to watch and believe but is said to be 90% based on facts.

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hammer59
Jul 20, 2014

Surprisingly well made and extremely interesting account of one sick man wielding power and dominance over a good man. One cannot watch this without developing empathy for Latif and condemnation for the evil and hedonistic Uday. Highly recommended.

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tj_is_cool
May 22, 2014

Surprisingly well acted.

voisjoe1 Jan 05, 2014

Uday Hussein, son of Saddam Hussein, was a very violent, cruel, and some say psychotic person. The story of this film is based upon books written by Latif Yahia, who claims he was a double for Uday. Some experts suggest that Yahia has fabricated the events in order to make a profit. Some events in the film are almost certainly not true. The film is quite good and reminds me of “Scarface” with Al Pacino.

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joeguy
Dec 19, 2013

Entertaining and educational. It takes a lot to sustain my interest lately, but this one at least kept me watching til' the end. That's mostly because of Dominic Cooper's dual performance. He chews the scenery, reminding me of how Bette Davis used to do it in her heyday. Kudos to Dominic!

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Jan 08, 2012

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