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A Hologram for the King

6.11 h 38 min2016X-Ray12
A Hologram for the King follows businessman Alan Clay (Tom Hanks) on a journey halfway around the world, far from his American roots, to a rising Saudi Arabian city.
Tom Tykwer
Tom HanksBen WhishawSidse Babett Knudsen
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Tom SkerrittSarita Choudhury
Stefan ArndtGary GoetzmanArcadiy GolubovichTim O'HairUwe Schott
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4.0 out of 5 stars

563 global ratings

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DaisyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 April 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Tom Hanks is good, but movie isn't
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I hadn't heard of this movie and didn't read any reviews before watching it. I chose it simply because Tom Hanks was in it. He's always good, but in this one I felt he was making the best of a weak but overvcrowded narrative. The problem with the film is it raises so many themes you don't really know what the main point of it is. It covers the way power works in Saudi Arabia which would have been quite interesting on its own, but its power over western companies and individuals could have been more of a focus. We know that alcohol is banned, but there's always a way round such prohibition; we know that brilliant, educated women are held in check by their husbands and bosses; we know that technology is becoming more and more frighteningly futuristic and that when the chips are down these days, the Chinese are a formidable competitor. Or was it about a middle aged man having a crisis about his marriage, his daughter, his professional status and was that big lumpy boil on his back a metaphor, or a ruse to have him meet a very lovely doctor who is stalwartly standing her ground as far as she can? Too many threads, too confused, I'm afraid.
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rbmusicman/and/movie-fan'Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 November 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
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Must admit, i probably wouldn't have given the film a second glance but for the fact that much acclaimed actor
'Tom Hanks' plays the lead role (He remains, in my view, one of the best around)
The story tells of washed-up salesman 'Alan Clay' who's life had hit the buffers at home', losing his wife and home,
now almost penniless...however he has a need to see that his daughter completes her education, which takes
financial commitment.
He is given one last chance to resurrect his career and financial well-being, he travels to Saudi-Arabia to sell a
holographic-teleconferencing-system to the Saudi Government.....not only will he struggle with the culture and
ways of the Saudi's he'll find tat actually getting an audience to to be far more demonstrate the technology difficult
and challenging than he could ever have imagined.
Among the diverse characters he'll interact with 'Yousef' (Alexander Black) a Saudi taxi-driver who is assigned to
'Alan' to get him to the places he needs to be.
He also comes into contact with a local practitioner 'Zahra' (Sarita Choudhury) who he meets because of a health
issue, unexpectedly the two hit-it-off over a period of time.
Will his business trip to the far-east be a success or will things just go from bad to worse for the struggling salesman ?
An unusual film in truth though tinged with much humour which is brought to the screen by the skills of Tom Hanks'
and the off-beat taxi-driver 'Yousef' in the main.
Though never an Oscar contender the film is in my opinion worth a viewing - maybe one to catch on a movie-channel.
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Edgar R WagnerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 April 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
A hologram for the King [of Saudi Arabia] with Tom Hanks
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It is about an American businessman played by Tom Hanks who is doing badly at home in the United States and who hopes to sell an advanced Information Technology product to the Saudis, but is beaten to it by the mainland Chinese who sell the same product on the basis that they can produce the product both quicker and more cheaply than the Americans, which is why he is out there in the first place because he used to sell bicycles back in the United States until his US company made the same bikes in China and saw the mainland Chinese set up a new company that copied his bikes and then sold the same-looking bikes much more cheaply than the Americans, which pushed the US company under.

This is a strange film in that Tom Hanks gets sentimentally involved with a divorced middle-aged Saudi woman doctor in the Middle East who seems to have no qualms about showing her bare tits in public / on screen. Just on the bare tits alone the film has to lose a star, but the whole film is down market, shallow, and out-of-character for the top A-lister actor that Tom Hanks really is.

A just about OK film that is highly unlikely to be watched multiple times by anybody.
Neil Russell-BatesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 January 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
If you have visited the Miidle East and like Tom Hanks you'll love this
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I was wary of this film given what a box office flop it had been and having read some of the reviews. However, trusting that Tom Hanks will never be anything but great and having visited Saudi and other parts of the Middle East, I felt it was worth the risk and I wasn't disappointed. Maybe an American audience who don't understand anything about the Middle East wouldn't get the subtleties or understand just how plausible so much of this was. of course the plausibility was stretched to breaking point at times, like when he clambers through the building site to find an immaculate sales apartment, but I could accept most of it. however, while I liked the part of the driver, he was unlike any driver I have met in the Middle East...although his car was spot on! So, go on, give it a go, don't expect too much and you may find yourself pleasantly surprised.
13 people found this helpful
Jackie SReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 February 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Saudi Life...
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Spending Several Years In The Middle East ( Including Saudi ) I Found This Film To Be Quite " Entertaining "

Daily Life In The Kingdom Is Hard To Imagine For The Western World, And I Found The Film Pretty Spot-On With Poor Tom Hanks, Who Was Trying To Do Business Within The Country...

Other Than The " Embassy Party" The Average Working Man In The Kingdom Never Comes Anywhere Near One Of These Gatherings ( They DO Occur ) But Scenes Such As The "Promise " To Return To Meet With Tom Never Happens, As The Gent Who Made The " Promise " Drive Off Into The Desert...

In The Lobby Of A New Apartment Complex ( Not Completed ) There Is A " KFC " Sign...
Tom Inquires About It, Only To Be Told " It's Just For Show - There's No KFC-And There Never Will Be "

A Really Fine Film, But You Can Bet, Most People Will Still Think It's Fictional....Not So...
2 people found this helpful
LukeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 February 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Much better than expected.
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I went into this film not expecting much, the reviews were far from positive but I waited until the price really dropped before purchasing it. I am glad with my purchase. It is not a heavy, life changing movie nor a critical analysis of Middle Eastern politics. It was a fun, uplifting movie with comedy and romance. It was a very passable 90 minutes of a movie with some likeable characters and a typically decent Tom Hanks performance.
5 people found this helpful
Mr P J EsterReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 December 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
It’s got Tom Hanks in it….
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And that’s all I need to say, Tom is great in almost everything he does. Is the Presidents job up for grabs yet? A good film to show how an American, who is normally used to everything being set and ready has to adapt in the strange environment and religious culture of Saudi Arabia. Mr Hanks has that kind of face, you can relate to him, trust him and feel for him…. Well, that is unless you don’t like him but who doesn’t like Tom eh?
Books GaloreReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 September 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars
Glad it only cost 99p
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I generally enjoy a film with Tom Hanks in it because he is such a good actor. This is one of those films where I felt it would have been completely rubbish with a lesser actor but Tom Hanks held it together well -the plot was quite strange and unpredictable; I think it was trying to be a bit deep and meaningful but I just found it quite confusing in places. The ending was ok I guess.
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