Synopsis: American oil companies Connex and smaller Killen are undergoing a merger, the new company named Connex-Killen. The move is in response to Connex losing a number of oil fields in the Persian Gulf region as Prince Nasir Al-Subaai, his country's foreign minister, and the oldest son of the Emir and thus the heir apparent to the throne, signed a contract with the Chinese instead. As Killen somehow managed to get the contract for the oil fields in Kazahkstan, the merger would give Connex-Killen additional control of the industry in the Middle East. Connex's retained law firm, headed by Dean Whiting, assigns Bennett Holiday to demonstrate to the US Department of Justice that due diligence has been done to allow the merger to proceed i.e. that the merger would not break any antitrust regulations. The US government is unhappy with Prince Nasir's decision to award the contract to the Chinese, and in combination with issues around illegal weapons, the CIA assigns field agent Bob Barnes, who has e
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Stephen Gaghan
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 28 nominations.
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128 min

I'll bet you a thousand he can't sell it.

I didn't say I could go.

Dollars or Swiss francs?

- Dollars.

- Fine.

Come on. Take the children with you.

The beach, summer, Marbella.

Max'll love it.

- Can I do that?

- Sure you can.

Besides, they love children.

John D. Rockefeller.

Founded the University of Chicago.

Come on.

That's fine. You're a good song leader,

Mr. Rockefeller.

The Persian Gulf

The Connex/ Al-Salwa facility

is under new ownership...

...and your services

are no longer needed.

What did he say? I can't hear.

He's telling us to scram.


What do you mean, "scram"?

Your immigration permit through

this company is no longer valid.

You must report to the Department

of Immigration within two weeks...

...or you may be deported.

The Chinese are smart people,

but such bad drivers.

They should not be allowed

even to wash cars.

When I was your age, in Pakistan,

there was always in the distance...

Snow-covered mountains.

Yes, I know, Papa.

That's right.

Three hours away, but right there...

...across the entire sky... you could reach out

and touch them.

Snow-covered mountains.

As soon as we can...

...we'll get a house and bring

your mother here.

I promise.

Bob 's freaking out

about this other missile.

"Where's the missile? Who has it?"

He wrote a memo.

Central Intelligence Agency

Langley, Virginia

I just finished convincing

Brit and French intel...

...we had nothing to do

with the Amiri job.

What do we say to them now?

"Well, something's missing."

He's gotta stop this.

He's gotta stop with the memos.

Okay. Here's something.

You put him up for promotion.

He's due. He's a good man.

He saved our ass in Beirut in '85.

That's great. Terry likes him.

We'll get him an audition downtown.

You get him an audition downtown.

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Stephen Gaghan

Stephen Gaghan (born May 6, 1965) is an American screenwriter and director. He is noted for writing the screenplay for Steven Soderbergh's film Traffic, based on a Channel 4 series, for which he won the Academy Award, as well as Syriana which he wrote and directed. more…

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