Land of the Blind

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  • R
  • Genre(s): Drama Thriller
  • Release year: 2006
  • Running time: 110 min
Land of the Blind is a 2006 British-American black comedy drama film starring Ralph Fiennes, Donald Sutherland, Tom Hollander and Lara Flynn Boyle. Land of the Blind is a dark political satire, based on several incidents throughout history in which... read more

Land of the Blind is a 2006 British-American black comedy drama film starring Ralph Fiennes, Donald Sutherland, Tom Hollander and Lara Flynn Boyle. Land of the Blind is a dark political satire, based on several incidents throughout history in which tyrannical rulers were overthrown by new leaders who proved to be just as bad, if not worse, and subtle references are made to several such cases. The title is taken from the saying, "In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king." Land of the Blind had its world premiere in competition at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and was the Opening Night Gala film at the 2006 Human Rights Watch Film Festival in London. Its U.S. premiere was in competition at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival. The film sparked intense reaction during its festival run, attacked by both left and right, each of which saw the film as a critique of its position. Historical references in the film include Jean-Paul Marat (from the French Revolution), Kim Jong-Il, Joseph Stalin, Benito Mussolini, Augusto Pinochet, Anastasio Somoza Debayle, François Duvalier, Rudolph Hess, Jean-Claude Duvalier, Lyndon B. Johnson, Julius Caesar (from William Shakespeare's play), Robert Mugabe, Ngo Dinh Diem, Idi Amin, the PIRA Maze prison protests, U.S. POWs in Vietnam, the Weathermen terrorist group, the Khmer Rouge, the 1979 Revolution in Iran, and the subsequent Cultural Revolution in that country.

Original Release

01/01/2006

US Release

01/01/2006

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Cast

Ralph Fiennes Joe
Donald Sutherland Thorne
Tom Hollander Maximilian II / Président
Lara Flynn Boyle First Lady / La Première Dame
Mackenzie Crook Editor / Monteur
Mark Dymond Sen. Roger 'Jolly' Lyme / Roger Jolly Lyme
Harry Eden Young Guard - Shithead / Shithead
Miranda Raison Daisy
Laura Fraser Madeleine
Camilla Rutherford Tania
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Robert Edwards

Writers

Robert Edwards

Cast

Ralph Fiennes Joe
Donald Sutherland Thorne
Tom Hollander Maximilian II / Président
Lara Flynn Boyle First Lady / La Première Dame
Mackenzie Crook Editor / Monteur
Mark Dymond Sen. Roger 'Jolly' Lyme / Roger Jolly Lyme
Harry Eden Young Guard - Shithead / Shithead
Miranda Raison Daisy
Laura Fraser Madeleine
Camilla Rutherford Tania
Leigh Zimmerman Anchorwoman
Jodhi May Joe's Mother
Nigel Whitmey Anchorman
Don Warrington First Sergeant
Jonathan Hyde Smith
Matthew Marsh Papa Max
Dominic Coleman Skinny Comedian
Marc Warren Pool
Ron Cook Doc
Cory McAbee Torturer - Mister Salty

Producers

Editors

Ferne Pearlstein

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