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Traitor (2008)

aka Traitor

"The truth is complicated."

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Details: 114 mins · English, Arabic · PG-13 (USA)


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Small Samir Horn
Small Roy Clayton
Small Max Archer
Small Omar
No_movie_poster Fareed Mansour
Small Nathir
No_movie_poster Bashir
No_movie_poster Leyla
No_movie_poster Hamzi
Small Chandra Dawkin
Small Hayes
No_movie_poster Dierdre Horn
No_movie_poster Andrew Kelly
No_movie_poster Redhead on Bicycle
No_movie_poster Ted Blake
Small Carter
No_movie_poster Dark Haired Woman


Small Don Cheadle Producer
No_movie_poster Jeffrey Nachmanoff Director
No_movie_poster Mark Kilian Music
No_movie_poster Jeffrey Silver Producer
No_movie_poster J. Michael Muro Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Ashok Amritraj Executive Producer
No_movie_poster David Hoberman Producer
No_movie_poster Billy Fox Editor
No_movie_poster Todd Lieberman Producer
No_movie_poster Steve Gaub Producer
No_movie_poster Glynis Murray Producer
Small Steve Martin Author
No_movie_poster Danny Rosett Producer
No_movie_poster Arlene Gibbs Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Kay Liberman Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Kay Liberman Producer
No_movie_poster Chris McGurk Producer
No_movie_poster Anjalika Mathur Nigam Producer
No_movie_poster Richard Schlesinger Producer
No_movie_poster Jeffrey Nachmanoff Other
No_movie_poster Jeffrey Nachmanoff Story Contributor
Small Steve Martin Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Billy Fox Editing


"The truth is complicated."

"The only person he can trust is himself."


Samir Horn (Don Cheadle) is an Arabic-speaking Sudanese-American and devout Muslim. His Sudanese father was killed by a car bomb when he was a child. As an adult, Horn is first seen operating as an arms dealer. While negotiating a deal with Omar (Saïd Taghmaoui) in Yemen he is arrested and thrown into a Yemeni jail. Later, Samir and Omar become friends and when Omar's people arrange an escape, he takes Samir with them.

Joining the Islamic Brotherhood, Samir uses the skills he learned as a Special Forces Engineer Sergeant with the U.S. Army Special Forces to bomb the U.S. consulate in Nice, France. The group then devises a plot to place suicide bombers on 50 buses in the U.S. during Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, in London, the Islamic Brotherhood finds out Fareed is being targeted by the FBI and he escapes by a source in the FBI headquarters. It is revealed that Samir is working under deep cover for an intelligence contractor, Carter (Jeff Daniels), with the United States government against terrorism. The FBI agents pursuing him don't know this, and Carter is killed by Omar.

Meanwhile, FBI Special Agent Roy Clayton (Pearce) pursues Samir through numerous countries, resulting in their final confrontation in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. While on board a cargo ship to Marseille, France, Samir learns the identity of Nathir and kills Nathir, Fareed, and when Omar is about to kill him, he tells that he switched the bombers' emails and he placed them all on the same bus so all of them died without victims (except for the driver of the one bus). Canadian police, with the FBI, breaks in and kills Omar and injures Samir.

Later, under an 'L' bridge in Chicago, Samir tells Agent Clayton he feels guilty for killing innocent people. Samir tells Clayton that the Qur'an says that to kill an innocent person is to kill all mankind. Clayton responds by noting that the Qur'an also says that by saving an innocent person, he has saved all mankind, and tells Samir he is a hero.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2008-08-27 : United States of America

DVD : 2009-02-17