A Hologram for the King

A Hologram for the King

DVD - 2016
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In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman named Alan Clay pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter's college tuition, and finally do something great.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Roadside Attractions LLC, [2016]
Branch Call Number: DVD HOLO FOR KI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (98 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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DeeB2015
Aug 27, 2017

What was the point? Apart from the marvellous uses of a hologram which we
saw for a second, there was just no point to this movie.

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Aevets
Jul 10, 2017

I understand why others are not giving this movie a better rating. (No CGI, no fast car chases, fast women or drug busts). I thought it was very good though. It told a story, a good story in a way that made you want to watch it and recommend it to your friends...which I have.

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Nooksack20
Jul 06, 2017

Probably Tom Hanks worst movie. Utterly trivial middle east kingdom nonsense without a valid plot.

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Chiefs1970
May 15, 2017

How could the Tulsa Library purchase 40 copies of this movie. It was boring, had no plot, didn't have more than a minute of the King of Saudi Arabia, and concocts the notion that a married Saudi female would swim topless with a Caucasian American, let alone have sex. Movie earned little over $4.2 million and is only presented because it has Tom Hanks.

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gloogai
May 01, 2017

Not quite what I was expecting. Turned out to be much better than I expected. I liked it.

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stephen_r_ferg
Apr 29, 2017

This was a great movie. If you like movies for grown-ups, you'll like it. If you're over 40 and have a romantic bone in your body, you'll like this one. If you liked "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" or any of Tom Hanks recent work such as "Bridge of Spies" or "Captain Phillips", you'll like it. If you liked "Mississippi Masala" you'll like this film. And if you liked Sarita Choudhury in "Mississippi Masala", you're in for a treat. She's older now, but still very beautiful. The story is about an IT (information technology) salesman who goes to Saudi Arabia to make a sales pitch. Things don't go smoothly, in a number of ways, but by chance he meets... well, I won't spoil it for you.
As for the reviewers that gave this movie a one-star rating--NOTE THE FOLLOWING: If you're looking for the Tom Hanks of "Bachelor Party", you won't like this movie. There are no CGI monsters, car chases, gun battles, or explosions in this movie. The protagonists are both over 40.

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edarocha
Apr 22, 2017

Wish there was more to the story. A lot more could have happened. Great premise, though.

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Dreamstime
Mar 28, 2017

Even Tom Hanks cannot lift this movie above mediocrity.

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mjayh
Mar 22, 2017

This was a pleasure to watch. A glimpse into another culture and a lot of breathtakingly beautiful scenes. In the love story that unfolds a mature man actually falls for a woman his own age rather than one thirty years younger. Imagine that! Also, this movie really captures the sense of wonder and uncertainty one feels in a foreign country, while still depicting a character reasonably comfortable in the world. It's a fairly low-key film--amusing, quirky, but without much of the razzle-dazzle some poor souls require to stay awake. I would have preferred a subtler conclusion to the story. Much subtler. But still...

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ilovewhippets
Mar 21, 2017

I was surprised by this story, and found it thoroughly enjoyable! Plenty of the comedic moments, and some serious food for thought! It is cultural and fun! The actors were outstanding, especially the ones playing the Arab roles! Tom Hanks was great also and did not disappoint!

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jimg2000
Sep 29, 2016

On imported laborers, clearly goosed for the movie:
Film:
Look, they're sweeping sand in a desert.
-I'm guessing these aren't union men.
Oh, we don't have unions here. We have Filipinos.
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Book:
The desert wind was strong, and the dust came over the street like fog. Still, two men were sweeping the road. Yousef pointed and laughed. —This is where the money’s going. They’re sweeping the sand in a desert. (End of chapter.)

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jimg2000
Sep 29, 2016

Quote on public executions in film but not found in book:
Hey, that's the mosque I see from my balcony. There was something going on there yesterday. A lot of people.
-Yeah, that's where they do the executions.
You mean outside, publicly?
-Yes.
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Schwinn went to China.
-We did. They could build our bikes a lot cheaper and a lot faster and it seemed like a good idea at the time.
But it wasn't?
-Well, obviously not. We taught them how to build a good, solid bicycle. They took that wisdom and started making all the bikes themselves. Now they own the market. Because they can sell them for nothing. But it's just a matter of taking different stickers and putting them on the very same bikes. It was built in the same factory somewhere in Asia, all the brands there are, and now Schwinn is just one of them.

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