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The Ghost Writer2010

The Ghost Writer (2010)



Critic Consensus: While it may lack the revelatory punch of Polanski's finest films, Ghost Writer benefits from stylish direction, a tense screenplay, and a strong central performance from Ewan McGregor.

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When a successful British ghost writer, The Ghost, agrees to complete the memoirs of former British Prime Minister Adam Lang, his agent assures him it's the opportunity of a lifetime. But the project seems doomed from the start-not least because his predecessor on the project, Lang's long-term aide, died in an unfortunate accident. As The Ghost works, he begins to uncover clues suggesting his predecessor may have stumbled on a dark secret linking Lang to the CIA-and that somehow this information is hidden in the manuscript he left behind. Was Lang in the service of the American intelligence agency while he was prime minister? And, was The Ghost's predecessor murdered because of the appalling truth he uncovered?

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Ewan McGregor
as The Ghost
Pierce Brosnan
as Adam Lang
Kim Cattrall
as Amelia Bly
Olivia Williams
as Ruth Lang
Tom Wilkinson
as Paul Emmett
Jim Belushi
as James Maddox
Timothy Hutton
as Sidney Kroll
Eli Wallach
as Vineyard Old Man
Robert Pugh
as Robret Rycart
Jon Bernthal
as Rick Ricardelli
David Rintoul
as Stranger
Anna Botting
as SKY TV Newsreader
Yvonne Tomlinson
as Stewardess
Milton Welch
as Taxi Driver
Alister Mazzotti
as Protection Officer No. 1
John Keogh
as Protection Officer No. 2
Hans-Peter Sussner
as Protection Officer No. 3
Stuart Austen
as Protection Officer No. 4
Andy Güting
as Protection Officer No. 5
Morgane Polanski
as Hotel Receptionist
Robert Wallhöfer
as Protection Officer No. 6
Robert Seeliger
as CNN Newscaster
Clayton Nemrow
as Journalist
Julia Kratz
as Woman with Bullhorn
Angelique Fernandez
as War Crimes Prosecutor
Anne Whittman
as CNN Newscaster
Mo Asumang
as U.S. Secretary of State
Sylke Ferber
as Island Ferry Attendant
Desiree Erasmus
as Nancy Emmett
Errol Shaker
as Mainland Ferry Attendant
Errol Harewood
as C.I.A. Agent on Ferry
Talin Lopez
as C.I.A. Agent on Ferry
Joel Kirby
as Motel Receptionist
Regine Hentschel
as Diner Waitress
Daniel Sutton
as Hatherton Stewart
Eben Young
as FBI Agent
Jaymes Butler
as FBI Agent
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Critic Reviews for The Ghost Writer

All Critics (210) | Top Critics (61)

This isn't a great film. You won't carry it around in your heart for years to come... But it'll keep you with it right to the very end, which has to be worth something. It may even be worth quite a lot.

August 30, 2018 | Full Review…

The dialogue and suspense created by director Polanski are first rate. You will enjoy this film.

January 12, 2018 | Full Review…
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In the total context of Polanski's hard life and grim ordeals ... The Ghost Writer constitutes a miracle of artistic and psychological resilience.

June 20, 2013 | Full Review…

Polanski has made a genre piece with a verve and vitality that's in sadly short supply.

November 17, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It is good to see Polanski exercising his gift for the sinister. It's a spooky world he evokes here but its architecture doesn't hang together, which is a great pity.

August 9, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

But for fans of the auteur able to separate his personal life from his cinematic one, and for others open to old-school suspense where no one gets away clean and failure truly is an option, this political whirligig delivers the goods.

April 29, 2010 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Ghost Writer

An engaging and tense thriller with an intriguing mystery and a stylish direction that brings to mind Polanski's finest works, and some scenes here are spectacular, especially the final sequence, while Ewan McGregor puts in a very strong performance.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


A populist ghost writer is employed to rewrite the memoirs of a former Prime Minister but when the politician is accused of war crimes, he becomes increasingly fearful for his safety. The Ghost is a very old school cold war style political thriller that is based upon a character who is purely fictional and in no way represents anyone living or dead - especially not Tony Blair, nosiree Bob. Roman Polanski has always had a knack for paranoid conspiracy thrillers and this understated yet suspenseful example follows very much in the footsteps of Hitchcock, revolving as it does around an everyman protagonist who finds himself completely out of his depth when he blunders into intrigue. Although it is set mostly in America, The Ghost has quite a European flavour with a quality cast of character actors who utter dialogue that actually sounds like the words of English people (for a change) and there's no superficial flash or irrelevant action sequences. The one major flaw is the rather glib twist at the end which makes the film feel a little insubstantial in the final analysis but a likeable performance by Ewan McGregor and some nicely judged political intrigue makes the journey there well worthwhile.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Ewan plays a ghost writer who takes up a job to ghost write the memoirs of the ex British Prime Minister Adam Lang (Pierce). Ewan's predecessor and former aide of Lang died in an unfortunate accident. Lang is accused of ordering the torture of terrorists and is being investigated for war crimes. Ewan tries to discover the truth behind the rise of Lang to power and connections with the CIA. It's a very interesting plot but it takes a long time to get to the revelations. Good cast. He movie reminded me of Frost Nixon and Michael Clayton.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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