Mighty Heart

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Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie (The Good Shepherd) "gives one of the most commanding and moving performances of her career" (Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper) in this shocking true story based on Mariane Pearl's best-selling memoir.

After her husband, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl (Dan Futterman, Urbania), is kidnapped by terrorists, Mariane (Jolie) heads a desperate search for clues in a frantic race against time to locate her missing husband. Directed by maverick filmmaker Michael Winterbottom (The Road to Guantanamo), A Mighty Heart is a gripping story of faith, hope and courage in the face of tragedy.


Studio Paramount
SKU 205560879
UPC 097361317601
UPC 14 00097361317601
Format HD DVD
Release Date 10/16/2007
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Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Cast & Crew
Angelina Jolie - Actor
Archie Panjabi - Actor
Brad Pitt, et. al. - Producer
Christopher Stull - Art Director
Dan Futterman - Actor
Harry Escott - Original Music By
John Orloff - Screenplay
Marcel Zyskind - Cinematographer
Mariane Pearl - Based On Book By
Mark Digby - Production Designer
Michael Winterbottom - Director
Mohammed Afzal - Actor
Molly Nyman - Original Music By
Peter Christelis - Editor
Image Award (2008) A Mighty Heart, Nominee, Outstanding Independent or Foreign Film,Angelina Jolie, Nominee, Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
People's Choice (2008) A Mighty Heart, Nominee, Favorite Independent Movie
Independent Spirit (2008) Angelina Jolie, Nominee, Best Female Lead,Dede Gardner, et. al., Nominee, Best Feature,John Orloff, Nominee, Best First Screenplay
Screen Actors Guild (2008) Angelina Jolie, Nominee, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Golden Globe (2008) Angelina Jolie, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Most world renowned people have achieved that status as a result of something accomplished during their lives. Unfortunately, Daniel Pearl was among the few who became famous as a result of his death. Pearl's kidnapping and subsequent death at the hands of terrorists became a major media story during January and February 2002, as the United States was beginning to flex its muscles overseas in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks. A video leaked to the Internet showing Pearl's decapitation magnified the tragedy. A Mighty Heart, Michael Winterbottom's interpretation of the memoir written by Pearl's widow, Mariane, examines events of that one month period from the perspective of those who sought Daniel's release: his pregnant wife, his friends and colleagues at The Wall Street Journal, and the Pakistani security forces. The film is fascinating and at times disturbing, but Winterbottom's arms-length style mutes any emotional impact...If the movie is emotionally flat, it has nothing to do with Angelina Jolie's performance. Her Mariane is a compelling and complex individual...Despite its curiously stoic tone, A Mighty Heart retains its capacity to fascinate and intrigue. The film provides a lot of behind-the-scenes information about the investigation. It's also circumspect when it comes to representing Daniel's death. We see the reactions of others watching the video but Winterbottom does not feel the need to recreate the journalist's gruesome end. He uses words, not images, to clarify Daniel's fate, and Mariane's unwillingness to view her husband's murder becomes a major point late in the film. This restraint is emblematic of the entire picture. While A Mighty Heart may not be the most complete film that could be made about the story, its insider point-of-view gives it a vantage that a more comprehensive movie might not have.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "A Mighty Heart" begins with shots of the teeming streets of Karachi, Pakistan, a city with a population that seems jammed in, shoulder to shoulder. Terrorists will emerge from this sea of humanity, kidnap the American journalist Daniel Pearl and disappear. The film is about the desperate search for Pearl (Dan Futterman) before the release of the appalling video showing him being beheaded. It is told largely through the eyes of and based on a memoir by his widow, Mariane...The movie, directed by the versatile British filmmaker Michael Winterbottom ("24 Hour Party People," "The Road to Guantanamo"), is notable for what it leaves out. Although we do meet the possible suspect Omar (Aly Khan), there are not any detailed scenes of Pearl with his kidnappers, no portrayals of their personalities or motivations, and we do not see the beheading and its video. That last is not just because of Winterbottom's tact and taste, but because (I think) he wants to portray the way Pearl has almost disappeared into another dimension. His kidnappers have transported him outside the zone of human values and common sense...What is most fascinating about Mariane Pearl, in life and in this movie, is that she is not a stereotyped hysterical wife, weeping on camera, but a cool, courageous woman who behaves in a way best calculated to save her husband's life. Listen to her speak and sense how her mind works. While you experience the fear and tension that Winterbottom records, see also how she tries to use it and not merely be its victim...What is best about "A Mighty Heart" is that it doesn't reduce the Daniel Pearl story to a plot, but elevates it to a tragedy. A tragedy that illuminates and grieves for the hatred that runs loose in our world, hatred as a mad dog that attacks everyone. Attacks them for what seems, to the dog, the best of reasons.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
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Ken Fox, TV Guide ...Jolie gives an excellent performance. She portrays Mariane as gutsy, smart, passionate and highly efficient.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Moving and frighteningly real.
Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer ...a taut police procedural that examines all sides of an issue and forces us to re-think our own.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor Stunning.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Angelina Jolie's best performance by far.
Claudia Puig, USA Today ...emotionally compelling and retains a suspenseful, edge-of-the-seat quality.

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