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Synopsis: Americans Alice and Peter Bowman have traveled from third world country to third world country working on humanitarian projects. They are currently in Tecala, a country nestled in the Andes, as Peter, an engineer, has been hired by QUAD Carbon, an oil company - the moral "enemy" - to lead a project to construct a dam to prevent what is the constant flooding in the country. Alice and Peter eventually learn that QUAD Carbon cares nothing about the dam, which is just a smoke-screen to get an oil pipeline approved and built. Despite loving each other, they have had problems in the marriage of late because of being in Tecala, where Alice has not been able to find her place, and needing to deal with the aftermath of Alice's recent miscarriage. On his way to work one day, Peter, along with a group of others, are random kidnap victims of left wing guerrillas, the Liberation Army of Tecala (ELT), whose reason for being has changed from a political agenda to a monetary one, primarily getting sai
Director(s): Taylor Hackford
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  5 nominations.
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135 min

l guess all the girls jumped on that.

So, it's just us.

Better late than never.

So, lvy tell you?


This morning. All of them.

Fellner chartered a plane.

What's in Houston?

New money.

Peter, look.

How did it get so bad so fast?

Come on, man.

Where the hell have you been?

l've been trying to build a dam.

Pick your head up every now and then,

take a look around.

You're building a charity water project.

As for the company, you're nothing

but a humanitarian window-dressing.

Quad Carbon came down here looking

for a lucky break and we got nailed.

We've a billion-dollar pipeline

that hasn't spit out a gallon yet.

Oil prices are going through the roof.

We can't take advantage of it.

You know, market close today...

...Quad Carbon stock down $10 and falling.

The vultures are circling.

Which vulture is in Houston?

lt's Octonal.

They're the only ones big enough

to come and get this thing on track.

Peter, look!

Peter, look!

Maybe you missed it,

but this happens to be a big deal for me.

l think I know that.

You sure don't act like it.

Maybe it's a sign. Maybe it's just a sign

that we should go home.

You tell me. This all falls apart,

this goes away, what was the point?

-The point of what?

-l don't know. How about everything?

How about Africa? How about Egypt?

How about Thailand?

How about eight years of sh*t postings?

Eight years of working for a**holes.

Eight years of working

on somebody else's bad ideas.

Wait. I don't get it here.

Suddenly the last eight years,

that's just all sh*t now?

-ls that what I said?

-l thought...

...we were doing what we wanted to do.

l thought we were living our lives together.

That's not what I said.

This isn't just a job!

This is everything

l have prepared for my entire life!

lf Jerry's right, if it's Octonal, they come in

and take this over, l'm f***ed!

l wouldn't get too upset about it.

Maybe Octonal wants a dam

of their very own.

Octonal doesn't build dams, they kick ass.

They don't care about these people.

lt's all about profits.

l don't get it. What is the surprise here?

You wanted to work for an oil company.

l don't work for an oil company.

That's not what l'm doing here!

l'm building a dam

that will save people's lives!

You are building a dam so an oil company

can get a pipeline contract.

-Who cares who pays for it?

-Apparently, no one!

You're drunk.

No, Peter.

This isn't us.

-Let's just go home.


That is so supportive.

You don't like this place either.

-l like the project.

-l don't have a project!

Then find a f***ing project!


Use your talent, your experience.

There's got to be 25 agencies

working down here.

There's food projects, health-care projects.

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Tony Gilroy

Anthony Joseph "Tony" Gilroy is an American screenwriter and filmmaker. He wrote the screenplays for the Bourne series starring Matt Damon, among other successful films, and directed the fourth film of the franchise. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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