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Rock the Kasbah (2015)

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A down-on-his-luck music manager discovers a teenage girl with an extraordinary voice while on a music tour in Afghanistan and takes her to Kabul to compete on the popular television show, Afghan Star.

Director:

Barry Levinson

Writer:

Mitch Glazer (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Murray ... Richie Lanz
Bruce Willis ... Bombay Brian
Kate Hudson ... Merci
Zooey Deschanel ... Ronnie
Leem Lubany ... Salima
Arian Moayed ... Riza
Scott Caan ... Jake
Danny McBride ... Nick
Fahim Fazli ... Tariq
Beejan Land ... Daoud (as Beehan Land)
Sameer Ali Khan ... Azam Ghol
Jonas Khan Jonas Khan ... Nizar
Husam Chadat ... Nasim
Taylor Kinney ... Private Barnes
Megan Raich ... Brittany
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Storyline

Richie Lanz (Bill Murray), a has-been rock manager takes his last remaining client on a USO tour of Afghanistan. When Richie finds himself in Kabul, abandoned, penniless and without his U.S. passport, he discovers a young Afghan girl named Salima with an extraordinary voice and manages her through Afghanistan's version of American Idol..

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Taglines:

Opportunity rocks when you least expect it.

Genres:

Comedy | Music | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references, some drug use and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rock the Kasbah See more »

Filming Locations:

Morocco See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,470,592, 25 October 2015

Gross USA:

$3,020,664

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,394,174
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Was filmed in Morocco and Afghanistan. See more »

Goofs

When Richie (Bill Murray) and Bombay Brian (Bruce Willis) go to the desert to do deliver the weapons/ammo and collect the money, one of the tribal elders tells them that they are being forced to grow poppy. However, Paktya province is virtually poppy-free, as the altitude is too high for that crop. On the other hand, it is common to find huge fields of marijuana plants. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Maureen: [having just finished singing her audition] Mr. Lanz? I'm done.
Richie Lanz: [long pause] No.
[sighs]
Richie Lanz: Forgive me. No. You're just beginning.
Maureen: You liked it?
Richie Lanz: Liked it? You made me want to swallow poison. And forget pitch, rhythm and tone... and emotional attachment to the lyric or the melody.
Maureen: I'm sorry. I don't think I...
Richie Lanz: A grain of sand slips into an oyster... and irritates the bivalve. What happens?
Maureen: A pearl.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Just after the closing credits begin, there is an inset scene running alongside. In it, Bill Murray haggles with a vendor who offers him colored string. The vendor speaks no English, while Murray carries on his side of the negotiation in English only. Murray rejects the string, saying "Do I look like a guy who uses string?", but he wants to buy a stuffed elephant with mirrors on it because early in the movie he promised to buy his daughter that exact item. In the end he also buys the colored string. See more »


Soundtracks

Bawitdaba
Written by Jason Krause, David Parker, Kid Rock (as RJ Ritchie), Sylvia Robinson and Uncle Kracker (as Matthew Shafer)
Performed by Kid Rock
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Rock the Kasbah
21 March 2016 | by ArgemalucoSee all my reviews

Rock the Kasbah had a provocative idea "based on true events", but its emotional strength is unfortunately lost due to the narrative clumsiness and irregular tone from this horrible film. The main problem of Rock the Kasbah is a screenplay saturated of characters and improbable situations which never end up forming a coherent story. Besides, the rhythm and edition of Rock the Kasbah are so poor that they never reach that authentic organic flow to take us logically from one scene to the other. In Rock the Kasbah, things happen due to the simple whim from screenwriter Mitch Glazer, who wasn't able to adequately connect them with each other. I think the screenplay needed much more work (at least two or three revisions in order to tune the details and find a better balance between the disparate elements). And the same can be said about the edition... even though I wouldn't blame editor Aaron Yanes either, because there are occasions in which there's simply not the necessary material to rescue a film. As for the cast, Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Scott Caan, Fahim Fazil and Leem Lubany do whatever they can with their poorly written characters. In conclusion, Rock the Kasbah is an absolute disaster, and another one of the various missteps director Barry Levinson has had in this century (such as Bandits, Envy and What Just Happened).


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