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
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128 min

Tehran, Iran

Bobby, where have you been?

Whiskey, whiskey.

- You want some whiskey?

- No, champagne.

- Champagne? Yeah.

- Bob.

My brother wants to know...

...have you ever tried liquid MDMA?

Liquid MDMA? No.

Tehran is the world capital.

- Oh, yeah?

- Oh, yeah.

You've got a... friend there.

How's the kid?

He's fine.


He's fine.

Arash, when you wanna do this?

After prayer.


- You said they were both for you.

- What do you care?

Not a move!

Okay. Okay.

I was looking for the bathroom.

Not a word. Shut up!


You don't speak Farsi, do you,

you son of a goat?


Washington, DC

Mr. Whiting, I'm Bennett Holiday.

A very big company, Connex,

our client...

...Ioses a huge natural-gas contract

in the Persian Gulf... the Chinese. At the same time...

...a smaller company, Killen, somehow

gets the rights to Kazakhstan... of the largest

untapped oil fields in the world.

The big company, our client,

merges with Killen...

...Justice wants to know

how Killen got those rights.

You've been scrutinizing

exactly these types of deals... if there's something to find...

...I expect you to get it before they do.

And come straight to me.



At my firm, I have a flock of sheep...

...who think they're lions.

Maybe you're a lion

everyone thinks is a sheep.

No, I wanna talk about the Gulf,

and how a goddamn emir...

Connex Oil

Houston, Texas

- What is an emir anyway?

- King, it's a king.

A king. Well, how some Podunk king

tossed you out on your ass.

Every company in the world

wanted into Kazakhstan...

...into the Tengiz, but Killen got it.

And then Connex wanted Killen,

and here we are.

I made investments.

Investments that'll bear fruit

for this company.

Hell, Tommy, we've all got

the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act...

...committed to memory.

I got a little copy of it taped

to the wall of my head. Right here.

Thanks, Jimmy. We appreciate

hearing your point of view.

However, a U.S. Attorney... looking into your relationships

in Kazakhstan...

...and the U.S. Government is holding off

on approval of our merger.

So Mr. Janus and I have brought...

...Connex's Washington counsel,

Sydney Hewitt...

...down here to talk about

our strategy for the next 30 days.


In a way, I feel like Switzerland.

I'd like to remind everybody

in this room...

...they've signed

confidentiality agreements.

Allow me to introduce my associate,

Bennett Holiday...

...who will be... How shall I put it?

- Building consensus day-to-day.

Good morning.

You've just visited what

someday soon...

...could be the most profitable

corporation in America.

Provided the government

approves the merger.

Provided we don't start

running automobiles on water.

And provided there's still chaos

in the Middle East.

Now the job is, find the problem,

fix the problem.

And if you do not find a problem,

then there is no problem.

And when the government

approves this merger...'s gonna buy a lot of houses

in the Vineyard.

Maybe even yours.

Geneva, Switzerland

Cheerios again?

- Max!

- Max!

- Hey, man.

- Let's not read at the table, okay?

- Put this hand here. Block me.

- Sweetie, sweetie.

- Mommy? I want bacon.

- Yeah?

- You have bacon.

- I want real bacon.

You have real bacon,

only it's made from soy beans.

I want pig bacon.

I want pig bacon too.

- Don't say it.

- I'll try it if you try it.

- I don't know if I can bite this.

- It's crunchy.

- How'd you do that?

- It's kind of hard to cut.

- It's pretty bad.

- You be quiet.

A merger between two U.S. Oil

companies is taking place in Houston.

The new company,

Connex-Killen Corporation...

... will become the fifth largest

oil and gas company in the world.

The move affects 37,000 workers

in 160 countries...

... and with revenues larger

than the gross domestic product...

... of Pakistan or Denmark, will create

the world's 23rd largest economy.

Mr. Leland Janus, chairman of Connex,

spoke today of synergy...

... and a desire to pass on savings

to the consumer.

The merged operations

will create economies of scale... deliver the best products to the

consumer at the lowest possible prices.



It's a merger of necessity for Connex,

Rebecca, who wants Killen 's fields...

... in Kazakhstan, after gas blocks

they pursued in the Gulf...

... were awarded

to a Chinese consortium.

Producer nations continue to look

toward developing markets in Asia...

... which is having a powerful effect

on crude prices.

There's at least 10 to 12 dollars

of instability premium.

You have protests in Iran,

the threat of more strikes in Venezuela...

...and the Turks still making noise about

Russian crude through the Bosphorus.

All right, thanks for having me, Rebecca.

I'm playing. That's my job, playing.

Yeah, well, that's a very,

very good job for you to have.

- Tell Daddy you love him.

- I love you, Daddy.


The emir's summer party,

Marbella, this weekend.

Any interest?

Well, I can't. I got, you know...

Guy could be huge

for the company, Bryan.

It's Maxie's birthday this weekend, so...

So we have Saturday...

Hey, Bryan, I just need your help on

this... The emir's party. I'll take that.

Through finagling,

we have an audience with the emir.

He wrote the strategy,

and he's not slick.

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.

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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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