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Old Jun 25th 2010, 8:24 am
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Hey all,

I watched The Kingdom the other night and wasn't quite sure what to make of it. I am sure if I was in the UK and had never been out here I would have been sold thats what its really like but having been here I'm now thinking its american movie taddle and was it filmed in Saudi at all does anyone know?

I was also quite surprised that they aired it here- having said that the last time I flew to the states they had the film Fahrenheit 9/11 on...

Any views?

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Originally Posted by kittycat1 View Post
Hey all,

I watched The Kingdom the other night and wasn't quite sure what to make of it. I am sure if I was in the UK and had never been out here I would have been sold thats what its really like but having been here I'm now thinking its american movie taddle and was it filmed in Saudi at all does anyone know?

I was also quite surprised that they aired it here- having said that the last time I flew to the states they had the film Fahrenheit 9/11 on...

Any views?

xxx
I think some of it was filmed in Abu Dhabi, I am sure there is a scene on the corniche and one of emirates palace

Some hotties in the movie though ha ha
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Its quite a few years old and was supposedly based on true events. When I saw it and having spent over 8 years in Saudi Arabia, my reaction was that it portrayed the Saudis quite accurately. I actually preferred Syriana as I don't like Jamie Fox. He does tend to over-act. I thought the Hurt Locker was very good too. Has anyone seen that new one about the Green Zone with Matt Damon? It looks like my cup of tea.
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A lot of the movie was shot in a place in Abu Dhabi called Mussafah..although it's quite built on now, a few years ago it was ''labour camp'' city, and a few lowrise apartment blocks.It was a pretty grim place, seemed to be indian bachelors, shisha cafes and little grocery shops.

They also filmed in a petrol station on Airport rd..but had to take away all traces of ADNOC..quite funny.
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I was in Al Hamra compound on the night it was attacked/bombed in May 2003.

Suffice it to say the depiction of the attack scene is very accurate/similar to real events apart from the time of day it took place.

However, many of the things depicted outside the compound (Jamie Foxx roaming around with a gun, the girl he was with being allowed to roam around in a vest - load of crap)
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Originally Posted by kittycat1 View Post
Hey all,

I watched The Kingdom the other night and wasn't quite sure what to make of it. I am sure if I was in the UK and had never been out here I would have been sold thats what its really like but having been here I'm now thinking its american movie taddle and was it filmed in Saudi at all does anyone know?

I was also quite surprised that they aired it here- having said that the last time I flew to the states they had the film Fahrenheit 9/11 on...

Any views?

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The whole film was shot in Abu Dhabi. They use the Emirates Palace hotel as the fictional home of Saudi Prince.

When I was in Riyadh I stayed on one the compounds that was attacked in the event which serves as the premise for the film and I found it all scarily accurate. We even cruised around in the same big blacked out cars they used in the movie. I though it was pretty spot on as a representation of Riyadh (bit of dramatic licence allowed for).
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I was in Al Hamra compound on the night it was attacked/bombed in May 2003.
That must have been terrifying!

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However, many of the things depicted outside the compound (Jamie Foxx roaming around with a gun, the girl he was with being allowed to roam around in a vest - load of crap)
Ha ha - true - she goes everywhere without an abaya at all; even full-length sleeves might have been vaguely credible, but the vest-top thing is just silly.

I thought the film was actually well balanced for an American one eg the Saudi cop who gets killed at the end is clearly one of the good guys, honorable and respected by the US team.

The most accurate bit possibly is the closing line of the dying Grandfather echoing exactly the words whispered at the start by the Americans - that's the true tragedy.
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Hey all,

I watched The Kingdom the other night and wasn't quite sure what to make of it. I am sure if I was in the UK and had never been out here I would have been sold thats what its really like but having been here I'm now thinking its american movie taddle and was it filmed in Saudi at all does anyone know?

I was also quite surprised that they aired it here- having said that the last time I flew to the states they had the film Fahrenheit 9/11 on...

Any views?

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as said some of it was filmed in ad.
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as said some of it was filmed in ad.
Did you know that sections of the movie were actually filmed in Abu Dhabi?
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Did you know that sections of the movie were actually filmed in Abu Dhabi?
No really were they???? didnt i say that.....! yes they filmed it along emirates palace and the corniche and in mussafah areas.
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Its quite a few years old and was supposedly based on true events. When I saw it and having spent over 8 years in Saudi Arabia, my reaction was that it portrayed the Saudis quite accurately. I actually preferred Syriana as I don't like Jamie Fox. He does tend to over-act. I thought the Hurt Locker was very good too. Has anyone seen that new one about the Green Zone with Matt Damon? It looks like my cup of tea.
The Kingdom was great, I loved it.
Syrianna looks magic, will have to get that.
Hurt Locker is brilliant,
and Green Zone is pretty good, I think you;d like it.
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That must have been terrifying!



Ha ha - true - she goes everywhere without an abaya at all; even full-length sleeves might have been vaguely credible, but the vest-top thing is just silly.

I thought the film was actually well balanced for an American one eg the Saudi cop who gets killed at the end is clearly one of the good guys, honorable and respected by the US team.

The most accurate bit possibly is the closing line of the dying Grandfather echoing exactly the words whispered at the start by the Americans - that's the true tragedy.
to be fair I rather liked her wnadering around in that vest.
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didnt i say that.....! yes they filmed it along emirates palace and the corniche and in mussafah areas.
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did u not see me driving down "wacky races" in the film
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The Kingdom was great, I loved it.
Syrianna looks magic, will have to get that.
Hurt Locker is brilliant,
and Green Zone is pretty good, I think you;d like it.
...... and Syriana has Amanda Peet in it..............

Anyone who can still look stunning in a big woolly bobble hat (in A Lot Like Love with that bloke who's been shagging Demi Moore) is all right by me.
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