Starring: Jodie Foster, Tahar Rahim, Shailene Woodley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zachary Levi
Legal drama directed by Kevin Macdonald. Base don a true story which follows Mohamedou Ould Salahi (Tahar Rahim), who is captured by the US Government and languishing in Guantanamo Bay detention camp without charge or trial. Losing all hope, Salahi finds allies in defense attorney Nancy Hollander (Jodi Foster) and her associate Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley). Together, they face countless obstacles in a desperate pursuit for justice. Their controversial advocacy, along with evidence uncovered by formidable military prosecutor, Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch (Benedict Cumberbatch), eventually reveals a shocking and far reaching conspiracy.
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We’ll add the best quotes once the movie is released and we’ve had a chance to watch it, but for now here’s a small selection.
Sergeant Sands: [to Hollander] If you stray outside the designated areas, you will be removed from the island. It’s recommended you wear a hijab when visiting your client. We’ve had incidents of inmates spitting at female lawyers.
Lawyer: [to Hollander] You want to represent the head recruiter for nine-eleven.
Bill Seidel: [to Stu] Mohamedou Ould Slahi, The Mauritanian, held in Guantanamo. He recruited the guys who flew your friend’s plane into the south tower.
Woman: He put those men on my husband’s plane?
Stu Couch: I’m going to make him pay.
Stu Couch: We are seeking the death penalty. But if we miss something, this guy goes home. Let’s get to it.
Female Guantanamo Guard: [to Hollander and Teri] In the event the detainee lunges for you, push back away from the table. We’ll get in there as quick as we can.
Nancy Hollander: [to Slahi] I’m Nancy Hollander. This is my associate. We wish to represent you.
Mohamedou Ould Slahi: [to Hollander and Teri] Call this number. Speak to my mother. Tell her, I don’t know, something nice.
Nancy Hollander: The US Government is holding upwards of seven hundred prisoners in Guantanamo. Since when did we start locking people up without a trial in this country?
Teri Duncan: That’s a lot of case files.
Nancy Hollander: [to Slahi] The prosecution won’t show us the evidence they have against you.
Nancy Hollander: [referring to files] It’s all redacted.
Kent: You have a problem, take it up with the government.
Mohamedou Ould Slahi: All my time here, I’ve been told, “You are guilty.” Not for something that I haven’t done, but because of suspicions and associations. I am innocent.
Nancy Hollander: He has been interrogated. He has been held, against his will, for six years, without a single charge being laid against him.
Stu Couch: Doesn’t it bother you at all working for someone like this?
Nancy Hollander: I’m not just defending him. I’m defending the rule of law.
Stu Couch: You haven’t seen what I’ve seen.
Mohamedou Ould Slahi: Where I’m from, in Mauritania, we know not to trust the police. But never did I believe that the United States of America would use fear and terror to control me.
General Miller: A couple sleepless nights, that’s all.
Stu Couch: I’ve never been part of a conspiracy, but I’m starting to think this is what it must feel like to be on the outside.
Neil Buckland: You’re overthinking this. Either wear the jersey, or get off the field.
Nancy Hollander: [to Slahi] You need to tell me what happened to you! I can’t defend you! Do you understand that?
Mohamedou Ould Slahi: You asked me to set fire to this place, but I’m still standing here!
Teri Duncan: Maybe he’s guilty!
Nancy Hollander: Maybe he is. But we’re doing our job.
Teri Duncan: I’m not welcome home! That’s not part of my job!
Stu Couch: If I’m wrong, when it comes to my record, then I’m the one that I have to answer for.
Bill Seidel: What makes you think you’re any better than the rest of us?!
Stu Couch: I don’t think I’m better than anybody else! That is the point!
Mohamedou Ould Slahi: For eight years I have been dreaming of being in a courtroom. Now that I’m here, I’m scared to death.
Judge: Mr. Slahi, would you please raise your right hand and repeat after me.
Nancy Hollander: You know, I think I figured out why they built Guantanamo down there.
Nancy Hollander: My client, he’s not a suspect. He’s a witness.
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