Director: Anton Corbijn
Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Daniel Brühl
Plot: When a half-Chechen, half-Russian, brutally tortured immigrant turns up in Hamburg's Islamic community, laying claim to his father's ill gotten fortune, both German and US security agencies take a close interest: as the clock ticks down and the stakes rise, the race is on to establish this most wanted man's true identity - oppressed victim or destruction-bent extremist? Based on John le Carré's novel, A MOST WANTED MAN is a contemporary, cerebral tale of intrigue, love, rivalry, and politics that prickles with tension right through to its last heart-stopping scene.
Philip Seymour Hoffman died a week after the premiere of the film at the Sundance Film Festival.
This film's story is set in Hamburg. Source novel author John le Carré worked for British intelligence's MI5 & MI6 during the 1950s and 1960s and worked in both Berlin and Hamburg. Le Carré was in Berlin when the Berlin Wall was being constructed. In Hamburg, Le Carré has worked as both a consul and as an agent.
John le Carré's source novel 'A Most Wanted Man' is based on the real life of Murat Kurnaz, a Muslim Turkish citizen and legal resident of Germany who was arrested in Pakistan in late 2001 and with the German government's awareness incarcerated by extraordinary rendition (aka irregular rendition) at US military base in Kandahar, Afghanistan and in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba for five years.
This movie was filmed in various locations throughout Hamburg, Germany where John le Carré's novel is set.
The film's closing credits dedication reads: "In loving memory of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Simon Channing Williams". Hoffman starred in this movie, whilst Williams was a producer on two filmed adaptations of John le Carré novels, this film and the earlier The Constant Gardener (2005)
Director Anton Corbijn felt the film's source story by John le Carré had an autumnal feeling about it and so decided to shoot the film during the season of Autumn (aka Fall in the USA).
THe author John le Carré has a cameo as the bearded white-haired man in the bar scene when Bachmann intervenes in a fight.