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Syriana Details


Oil drives greed in Oscar-winning screenwriter Stephen Gaghan's labyrinthine sophomore directorial effort that traces the corruption of the global oil industry from the backrooms of Washington, D.C., to the petroleum-rich fields of the Middle East. Based in part on the writings of former CIA case officer Robert Baer, Syriana combines multiple storylines to explore the complexities that befall a proposed merger between two U.S. oil giants. Reform-minded Gulf country prince Nasir (Alexander Siddig) is in favor of making his nation more self-sufficient rather than U.S.-reliant, and his money-minded Western connections couldn't be less pleased. Before settling into a cushy desk job for the remainder of his career, CIA agent Bob Barnes (George Clooney) is sent on one last assignment -- to assassinate Prince Nasir and reinstate U.S. ties in the oil-rich region. Though his loyalty dictates that Barnes carry out his current mission despite lingering doubts of a previous blunder, his mission goes horribly awry when his field contact goes turncoat and Barnes becomes a CIA scapegoat. Meanwhile, up-and-coming Washington attorney Bennett Holiday (Jeffrey Wright) attempts to walk a fine line in overseeing a tenuous merger between two oil giants that's plagued with shady business dealings. Hotshot energy analyst Bryan Woodman (Matt Damon) is in talks to form a lucrative partnership with Prince Nasir, though the death of his son during a party at the prince's estate makes him question his loyalty to business over family. Back in Washington, D.C., Bennet's boss Dean Whiting attempts to undermine Prince Nasir's attempts to make his country less reliant on the U.S. dollar by planting the seeds of dissonance between the progressive prince and his money-minded younger brother Prince Meshal (Akbar Kurtha). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:November 23, 2005


Awarded by
National Board of Review Stephen Gaghan Best Adapted Screenplay 2005 Winner
Writers Guild of America Stephen Gaghan Best Adapted Screenplay 2005 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Stephen Gaghan Best Original Screenplay 2005 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association George Clooney Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 2005 Winner
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association George Clooney Best Supporting Actor 2005 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences George Clooney Best Supporting Actor 2005 Winner
Screen Actors Guild George Clooney Best Supporting Actor 2005 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts George Clooney Best Supporting Actor 2005 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association George Clooney Best Supporting Actor 2005 Nominee
Art Directors Guild Dan Weil Best Art Direction in a Contemporary Film 2005 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Alexandre Desplat Best Original Score 2005 Nominee


George Clooney
as Bob Barnes
Matt Damon
as Bryan Woodman
Jeffrey Wright
as Bennett Holiday
Chris Cooper
as Jimmy Pope
William Hurt
as Stan Goff
Tim Blake Nelson
as Danny Dalton
Amanda Peet
as Julie Woodman
Christopher Plummer
as Dean Whiting
Alexander Siddig
as Prince Nasir Al-Subaai
Mazhar Munir
as Wasid Ahmed Khan
Nicholas Reese Art
as Riley Woodman
Mark Strong
as Mussawi
David Clennon
as Donald Farish III
Sonnell Dadral
as Farooq
William C. Mitchell
as Bennett Holiday, Sr.
Shahid Ahmed
as Saleed Ahmed Khan
Tom McCarthy
as Fred Franks
Nadim Sawalha
as Emir Hamad Al-Subaai
Jamey Sheridan
as Terry George
Jayne Atkinson
as CIA Division Chief
Peter Gerety
as Lee Janus
Viola Davis
as Marilyn Richards
Nicky Henson
as Sydney Hewitt
Robert Foxworth
as Tommy Thompson
Akbar Kurtha
as Prince Meshal Al-Subaai
Max Minghella
as Robby Barnes
Fritz Michel
as Security Guard


Stephen Gaghan
Georgia Kacandes
Michael Nozik
Jennifer Fox
Stephen Gaghan
Robert Baer
Book Author
Robert Elswit
Alexandre Desplat
Composer (Music Score)
Tim Squyres
Dan Weil
Production Designer
Alan Hook
Art Director
Laurent Ott
Art Director
Andrew Menzies
Art Director
Daran Fulham
Art Director
Elizabeth Kirkscey
Associate Producer
Sarah Bradshaw
Associate Producer
Shannon Lail
Associate Producer
Ben Cosgrove
Executive Producer
Steven Soderbergh
Executive Producer
Jeff Skoll
Executive Producer
George Clooney
Executive Producer
Olivia Bloch-Laine
Set Decorator
Louise Frogley
Costume Designer
Jan Pascale
Set Decorator
Petur Hliddal
Sound/Sound Designer
Simon Warnock
First Assistant Director
Lucinda Syson
Elizabeth Greenberg
Lora Kennedy
Avy Kaufman
Steve Dent
Stunts Coordinator
Larry Blake
Re-Recording Mixer
Larry Blake
Supervising Sound Editor
Martin Kenzie
Second Unit Assistant Director
Martin Kenzie
Second Unit Director Of Photography
Eric Durst
Visual Effects Supervisor