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The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

  • Rate: 6.3/10 total 59,910 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | War
  • Release Date: 6 November 2009 (USA)
  • Runtime: 94 min
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The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)


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  • IMDb page: The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)
  • Rate: 6.3/10 total 59,910 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | War
  • Release Date: 6 November 2009 (USA)
  • Runtime: 94 min
  • Filming Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
  • Budget: $25,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $32,416,109(USA)(31 January 2010)
  • Director: Grant Heslov
  • Stars: Ewan McGregor, George Clooney and Kevin Spacey
  • Original Music By: Rolfe Kent   
  • Soundtrack: Itchycoo Park
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Reporter | Cold War | Hippie | Black Comedy | Run Over

Writing Credits By:

  • Peter Straughan (screenplay)
  • Jon Ronson (book)

Known Trivia

  • This film talks extensively about being Jedis and using Jedi powers. Ewan McGregor played Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels, making his role in this film rather surreal.
  • The one-sheet (advertising poster) for this movie is a spoof of a frequently used style for movie posters in which, instead of trying to communicate anything about the plot or content of the film, the poster just contains multiple stacked faces of the stars. On this poster, the last face visible in the row is a goat’s, and the billing line above their photos reads, “George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey, and Goat.” Also, it’s an obvious reference to the iconic drawing posters form Soviet communist era, showing profiles of Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels and Vladimir Lenin (in some historic eras or world regions, often completed by profiles of Joseph Stalin or Mao Zedong).
  • The character of “Gus Lacey” is a fictionalization of Guy Savelli, father of Jennifer Savelli.
  • In this film about male bonding and trying to find the proper male role, the only dialog spoken by females is either from off-screen (Debra Wilton) or in a man’s imagination (VC Woman), although towards the end a female soldier laughs.
  • The character Brigadier General Dean Hopgood is based on Major General Albert “Bert” N. Stubblebine III.
  • When George Clooney’s character mentions the poem about the sailor and the seagull (should be an albatross), he is talking about the poem ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ by English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
  • The “Evolutionary Tactics” field manual shown is the actual one created by Jim Channon in 1978 for the U.S. Army.
  • All exterior shots of Ft. Bragg were actually filmed at The New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico.
  • Bob Wilton’s line “Timothy Leary’s dead” is the first (and recurring) line in the lyrics of The Moody Blues’ song “Legend of a Mind”.
  • The conical First Earth Battalion solar stove used by George Clooney’s character bears an uncanny resemblance (though miniature) to the Sibley stove which was also conical but used wood coals as its heat source. It was invented for the U.S. Army in the 1850s by Major (later Confederate General) Henry Hopkins Sibley, and the Army discontinued its use by World War II.

Goofs: Continuity: The name plate on General Hopgood's desk identifies him as Brigadier General F. Hopgood. He is later identified as Dean Hopgood.

Plot: A reporter in Iraq might just have the story of a lifetime when he meets Lyn Cassady, a guy who claims to be a former member of the U.S. Army's New Earth Army, a unit that employs paranormal powers in their missions. Full summary »  »

Story: A reporter, trying to lose himself in the romance of war after his marriage fails, gets more than he bargains for when he meets a special forces agent who reveals the existence of a secret, psychic military unit whose goal is to end war as we know it. The founder of the unit has gone missing and the trail leads to another psychic soldier who has distorted the mission to serve his own ends.Written by Rob Harris  


Synopsis: The movie opens with Brigadier General Dean Hopgood (Stephen Lang) staring intently at his wall from behind his desk. He tells his secretary that he will be going into the next room and charges into his wall, hoping to phase through it. He hits the wall hard and says shit.

More of this is true than you would believe.

Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) is a reporter at a local newspaper in Ann Arbor Michigan. He opens the film with a narration about how his story doesnt begin where he thought it would. He wanted it to start when he married his college sweetheart, Helen (Rebecca Mader), but he acknowledges that his story started when he interviewed a local man who he heard on talk radio claiming to be part of a secret government initiative. He meets with Gus Lacey (Stephen Root) and Lacey tells him about the psychic spy initiative and tells Bob that he killed his hamster with his mind. Lacey shows Bob a video of his hamster, staring intently at a wheel and then keeling over. Bob is wowed, despite thinking that Lacey is crazy, but then the hamster gets up. Bob asks why it isnt dead and Lacey replies that his mother didnt want him to show the hamster dying so he put in a video if it acting strangely. Lacey mentions that everyone in his unit had different methods and that the strongest Psi-warrior was a man named Lynn Cassady.

Bob writes a small piece on Lacey and forgets about him. A year later in 2003, one of Bob and Helens fat coworkers has a heart attack and dies, which serves as a catalyst for Helen leaving Bob. Helen tells Bob that life is too short to spend not looking for true happiness and leaves to be with Bobs one armed editor, Dave. Bob grows increasingly aimless, and decides that he will go to Iraq in order to get the perfect scoop.

Bob goes out to the Middle East, but he cant get into Iraq. He lounges around hotels and calls Helen to tell her about his tour in Iraq. When he realizes that shes still with Dave and not missing him, Bob hangs up and goes to get drunk in the hotel lobby. He starts doodling in a notebook and notices a man sitting at the table next to him works for a company trying to make a sales pitch to the newly appointed Iraqi government and decides to talk to him. The man (George Clooney) introduces himself as Skip, but when the power goes out and he lights up a candle, Bob sees the mans nametag says Lynn Cassady.

Bob asks Lynn if he knows Lacey, and Lynn runs away. As Lynn runs away, the power in the building fluctuates and Bob pursues him until they arrive at the kitchen. Lynn is on edge and asks Bob who sent him, but Bob tells him that hes just a reporter from Michigan looking for a story. Lynn brings Bob up to his room and tells him about the New Earth Army.

The New Earth Army was founded by Bill Django (Jeff Bridges). A Vietnam Vet, he was shot during a mission and had a vision of his attacker which told him that Love would be the winner of wars. Perplexed, Bill offered to research a different way to wage war, and the United States government founded his research. Bill returned years later, after experimenting with numerous drugs. He created a manual which established the New Earth Army as a branch of psychic warfare, supported by Brigadier General Hopgood. Hopgood had read that the Russians believed that the US was researching psychic warfare, so he suggested that the US actually start researching it to prevent the Russians from developing a way to beat them first. Lynn, who made the computers in Area 51 crash and go haywire, was transferred over to the New Earth Army unit to harness his psychic abilities and become a Jedi.

Bob is fascinated by the story and convinces Lynn to take him with him into Iraq. Lynn tells Bob that he is retired and doesnt want to have to deal with Bob, but notices Bobs doodling of an All Seeing Eye from the dollar bill and changes his mind. Lynn takes an injection of steroids for what he says is Crohns disease and Bob goes to sleep.

The next day, the duo head out into Iraq by car. They drive all day until its lost. Lynn tries to cook some hamburgers with a strange solar cooker made by the New Earth Army. Hours later, the meat is ruined and Lynn is pissed. The pair go to sleep in the car. The next morning, Bob wakes up alone in the car and flips out, thinking Lynn abandoned him to die in the dessert. However, Lynn was just on the cars roof saluting the Sun. Lynn starts driving them toward Baghdad, but as he practices his cloud bursting, crashes the car into a large stone on the side of the road.

Bob and Lynn wait for rescue and Bob learns more about the New Earth Army. The unit was not officially recognized as a branch of the military but was dedicated to invisibility, psychic remote viewing and Bill helped Lynn reach his full potential and trained his unit to be the best that they can be. Lynn went from an uptight awkward soldier to a great remote viewer; able to locate whoever he needed to, using his mind. Bob is starting to think that Lynn is insane, and his suspicions are seemingly confirmed when Lynn hurts him with an object in several different ways. After a while, a truck pulls up and picks the pair up.

The men on the truck pick up the two and immediately go through their bags. Bob asks Lynn if theyve just been picked up by terrorists and Lynn confirms it as a gun is cocked in their face. They are kept in a holding cell and Bob freaks out after Lynn tries to tell him more about the New Earth Army. Lynn explains that Bob was destined to be with him in this cell because of the drawing Bob had in his notebook of the All Seeing Eye. Lynn shows Bob his All Seeing Eye Tattoo on his chest, which calms Bob down a bit. Lynn tells him that they have been kidnapped by lower level gangsters and that they cannot allow themselves to get traded off to real terrorists.

The next morning, at the swap, Lynn refuses to move, and the standoff gets tense. The terrorists are ready to shoot when Bob screams I Am a Reporter! in Arabic. They immediately begin shooting at him, but Lynn tackles the shooter and takes him out. A third hostage runs away into the dessert and Lynn takes the terrorists gun and truck and drives away with Bob. They try to pick up the third hostage, Mahmood, but end up running him over. They are surrounded by White Jeeps, owned by a private defense contractor named Todd Nixon (Robert Patrick). He takes the three into the city, exposing his plans to bring franchises to Baghdad and westernize the region. As hes bragging, a firefight breaks out between his contractors and their rivals (both claiming to have been fired on by Iraqis). The trio escapes and heads to Mahmoods house.

At Mahmoods house, he finds that his wife is missing and no one knows where she is. Hes depressed and Lynn apologizes to him for how Nixon acted in the car, saying that not all Americans are like that. That night, Bob watches Lynn inject his last bottle of medication and Lynn pretends he doesnt notice. Mahmood lends his car to Bob and Lynn and the pair continues their journey. They drive to a crossroads and Bob ridicules the fact that Lynn doesnt know where to drive. He takes a right and their car does a backflips when a hidden mine explodes.

The pair survive and Bob is carried from the wreck by Lynn. Bob is upset that hes still chasing Lynn through the jungle and asks about Bobs mission. Bob tells him that he was reactivated by Bill. He got a message through astral projection to come to Iraq and find him. Bob realizes that Bob is truly insane and starts yelling at him. Lynn tells him that its something he needs to do because it was his fault the New Age Army was destroyed.

Lynn had excelled in remote viewing and was able to locate people at will. This pissed off Larry Hooper (Kevin Spacey), a psychic who wanted to be number one. Lynn continuously defeated Hooper in testing, so Hooper sought to use psychedelics to even the playing field. He tricked a green lieutenant into taking LSD and the lieutenant went insane from Hoopers experiments. Naked, the lieutenant went into the training yard and started firing at soldiers. Bill approaches him and asks him to surrender the gun, but the lieutenant just shoots himself in the head instead. Bill is brought before a military oversight committee and Hooper buries him by accusing him of miss using funds to hire prostitutes and buy drugs (the hooker thing is a lie!). Bill is dishonorably discharged and says goodbye to Lynn. Soon after, General Holtz (Glenn Morshower) takes over the New Earth Army and Hooper tells him that there are offensive applications to thier psychic abilities. Holtz orders Lynn to psychokinetically stop the heart of a goat. Lynn stares at the goat and it dies after a few minutes of intense staring. Lynn finished the remainder of his tour and leaves, but not before Hooper gives him the Death Tap. Ever since he used his power for evil, Lynn has been cursed.

Lynn and Bob go to sleep and when they wake up, Bob sees a goat. He follows it to water and Lynn and Bob drink it as a helicopter appears overhead. The two pass out and come to in a hospital beds. Lynn sees a man looking at them and follows him. They pass through a chamber full of goats and another full of prisoners forced to listen to Barney while being forced to watch strobe lights. They then find an older Bill, burnt out from booze and drugs, working for Hooper at Psi Securities, a psychology/psychic firm which focuses on overseas subliminal messaging. He offers Lynn a job, but Lynn is broken by seeing Bill in such bad shape.

Bob walks around and finds Lynn in bed. Lynn tells him hes dying. Bob tries to explain that the death palm is nonsense, but Lynn tells him its his cancer that is killing him. Bob is saddened for his friend and Lynn gives him an old eagle feather Bill had given him to honor his psychic abilities. Bob finds Bill, but Bill shrugs it off. He and Bob find common ground and Bob convinces him to help Lynn get out of his rut. They go into the pantry to get ice cream. Bill then teaches Bob about how to embrace the Jedi lifestyle.

Hooper pays Lynn a visit. He wakes him up on purpose, offers him a job and tells Lynn that he knows his abilities are a sham and that Lynn had gotten the location from a former New Earth Army soldier who had hinted that there was work to do. Hooper maliciously taunts Lynn, and Lynn goes back to sleep.

The next morning, Lynn goes to join Bob and Bill in the mess tent for breakfast. Bob tells him not to eat the eggs since they laced them with LCD. The entire army is high and hallucinating. Unfortunately, Bill also spiked the water, so Bob, Lynn and Bill are also high. They run to the goat and prisoner storage barns and Bob convinces Lynn to get redemption by freeing the goats. They heard the goats and prisoners out of the camp without a hitch due to the drug induced chaos around them, until they are blocked by Hooper. Hooper points a gun at them, but then puts the gun in his own mouth (mirroring his test subjects suicide). However, before he can shoot himself, he succumbs to the munchies and goes to get food instead. The prisoners and goats leave.

Bob sees Lynn and Bill get into a helicopter. He follows them and asks to come, but Lynn tells him that his job is to go and tell the world of their story. Lynn and Bill take off and vanish. Bob tells us that the official word is that they crashed in the desert (because thats what happens when you fly a helicopter while you’re tripping on Acid). He wrote the story, but the public didnt even consider it. They just made a joke about the part where prisoners were tortured with Barney. Disappointed, he realized that life happens when you dont try to go against the current (something Lynn had told him personally). He becomes editor of his paper and stares at his wall. He focuses on it intently, smiles, then charges as he phases through the wall like a real Jedi.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • George Clooney known as producer
  • Barbara A. Hall known as executive producer
  • Grant Heslov known as producer
  • James A. Holt known as executive producer (as James Holt)
  • Paul Lister known as producer
  • Alison Owen known as executive producer
  • Luillo Ruiz known as associate producer
  • David M. Thompson known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • George Clooney known as Lyn Cassady
  • Ewan McGregor known as Bob Wilton
  • Jeff Bridges known as Bill Django
  • Kevin Spacey known as Larry Hooper
  • Stephen Lang known as Brigadier General Dean Hopgood
  • Robert Patrick known as Todd Nixon
  • Waleed Zuaiter known as Mahmud Daash
  • Stephen Root known as Gus Lacey
  • Glenn Morshower known as Major General Holtz
  • Nick Offerman known as Scotty Mercer
  • Tim Griffin known as Tim Kootz
  • Rebecca Mader known as Debora Wilton
  • Jacob Browne known as Lieutenant Boone
  • Todd La Tourrette known as Dave (as Todd Latourrette)
  • Brad Grunberg known as Ron
  • Elsa Villafane known as Gus' Mother
  • Fawad Siddiqui known as Kuwait Waiter (as Fawad Masood Siddiqui)
  • Samuel Ray Gates known as Journalist #1 (as Samuel Gates)
  • McCaleb Burnett known as Journalist #2
  • Sean Phillips known as Vietnam Soldier
  • Matt Newton known as Vietnam Private Chris
  • MinhTu Van known as VC Woman (as Minh Tu Van)
  • Robert Curtis Brown known as General Brown
  • Hrach Titizian known as Kidnapper #1
  • Shafik N. Bahou known as Kidnapper #2
  • Christopher Maher known as Iraqi Driver
  • Drew Seltzer known as Technician
  • Donn Lamkin known as Lyn's Father
  • Sean Curley known as Lyn (12 years old)
  • Michael-David Aragon known as Insurgent (as Michael David Aragon)
  • Morse Bicknell known as Ben Echmeyer
  • Merik Tadros known as Insurgent
  • Terry Serpico known as Krom – Phil Driver (as Terry M. Serpico)
  • Wiley M. Pickett known as Krom – Texan (as Wiley Pickett)
  • Diego Serrano known as Krom – Chilean
  • Reginald Huc known as Krom – 3rd Security Man (as Regi Huc)
  • Kevin Geer known as CIA Agent
  • Kevin Wiggins known as Major General Jack Gillian
  • JJ Raschel known as Clifford Hickox
  • Arron Shiver known as Norm Pendlleton
  • Jaime Margarida known as Major General Pendleton
  • Steve Witting known as PSIC Worker #1
  • Hunter Bell known as PSIC Worker #2
  • Edward Holley known as Army Soldier
  • Christopher Robinson known as Stryker Soldier
  • William Sterchi known as Bob's Editor
  • George W. Bush known as Himself (archive footage)
  • Rafael Christian known as US Soldier
  • Saddam Hussein known as Himself (archive footage)
  • A.J. Tannen known as Army Broadcaster (scenes deleted)
  • Alexandra Andrews known as Scotty's Bride (uncredited)
  • Sarah Belger known as Soldier (uncredited)
  • Robert Anthony Brass known as Sgt. Bishop (uncredited)
  • Steven Ray Byrd known as Military Driver / Soldier (uncredited)
  • Robert Farrior known as Sergeant Skinner (uncredited)
  • Christopher Fodge known as US Soldier (uncredited)
  • John Galindez known as Russian Scientist (uncredited)
  • Brent Lambert known as Ann Arbor Newspaper Staff (uncredited)
  • John Macho known as Jedi #2 (uncredited)
  • John McTasney known as Master Sgt Kauzlarik (uncredited)
  • Michael J. Morris known as Army Officer (uncredited)
  • Susan Pages known as Officer's Wife (uncredited)
  • Paul J. Porter known as Captain Wogolman (uncredited)
  • Frank Powers known as SSG Stevens (uncredited)
  • Brian Tester known as U.S. Army Officer (uncredited)
  • Casey Wayne known as MP (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Angelo Alberti known as additional hair stylist: Puerto Rico
  • Martial Corneville known as wig designer
  • Ken Diaz known as makeup department head
  • Blair Leonard known as additional makeup artist: New Mexico
  • Arlene Martinez known as additional hair stylist: New Mexico (as Aleen Martinez)
  • Waldo Sanchez known as hair designer
  • Gunnar Swanson known as additional hair stylist: New Mexico
  • Jay Wejebe known as key makeup artist
  • Georgia Allen known as makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Gretchen Bright known as assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Laura Hill known as contact lens technician (uncredited)
  • Vanessa Jaramillo known as makeup artist: day player (uncredited)
  • Bob Kretschmer known as wig maker (uncredited)
  • Robert Maverick known as makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Yvette Meely known as assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
  • Jolynn Nieto known as additional hair (uncredited)
  • Ashlynne Padilla known as assistant hair/makeup (uncredited)
  • Teri Ann Uccan known as assistant hair stylist (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Emilio J. Acosta known as propmaker
  • Paul Alfaro known as scenic
  • Richard Alfaro known as propmaker
  • Pedro Aponte known as scenic foreman: Puerto Rico (as Pedro Aponte Menendez)
  • Jamie Archer known as construction coordinator: New Mexico
  • Paul Barreras known as utility technician
  • Rick Belosic known as general foreman: New Mexico
  • Paul Berg known as labor foreman: New Mexico
  • Mike Blatner known as construction foreman: New Mexico
  • Jeff Bolen known as scenic artist
  • Apreciado Bonilla known as utility technician
  • Christopher Brion known as propmaker
  • Fritz Buckley known as on-set props assistant: New Mexico
  • Arquello Burgos Nieves known as propmaker
  • Gladys Bustos known as assistant property master: Puerto Rico
  • Marcia Calosio known as set decorator: New Mexico
  • Kyle Caraway known as utility technician
  • Isaiah Carpenter known as utility technician (as Isaiah T. Carpenter)
  • Rick Chavez known as assistant property master: New Mexico (as Richard Chavez)
  • Lance Cheatham known as set dresser
  • Sebastian Claudio known as head sculptor: Puerto Rico
  • Luis E. Colon Santiago known as construction foreman: Puerto Rico (as Luis Colon-Santiago)
  • Sage Emmett Connell known as on-set dresser: New Mexico (as Sage Connell)
  • Carlos Jose Diaz known as buyer: Puerto Rico
  • Lizz Diaz known as co-art department coordinator: Puerto Rico
  • Gabriel O. Encarnacion known as propmaker
  • Rolland Feight known as gangboss: New Mexico
  • Fernando I. Fernandez known as scenic laborer: Puerto Rico
  • Joe Freeman known as set dresser
  • Jeremy Gallegos known as utility technician
  • David Gonzalez known as on-set props assistant: Puerto Rico
  • Mark Gutierrez known as propmaker
  • David Glenn Haris known as scenic artist
  • Theodore Harris known as utility technician
  • Paul Herrera known as utility technician
  • Daniel Holloway known as scenic artist
  • Richard Hurff known as propmaker (as Richard N. Hurff)
  • Juan Guallini Indij known as greens coordinator: Puerto Rico (as Juan Guallini-Indj)
  • Marcos Iparraguirre known as scenic artist
  • Jorge H. Irizarry known as propmaker
  • Mario Luciano Irizarry known as set dresser
  • J. Stevie Jerauld known as set dresser
  • Eddie Jimenez known as propmaker
  • Matthew P. Johnson known as gangboss: New Mexico
  • Matthew P. Johnson known as propmaker
  • Mark David Kersey known as head greensman: New Mexico (as Mark Kersey)
  • William Kessler known as scenic artist
  • Dennis Larkins known as scenic artist: New Mexico
  • Mary Llenza known as leadperson: Puerto Rico (as Mary 'Baby' Llenza)
  • David Lombard known as leadman: New Mexico
  • Amahl Lovato known as set designer: New Mexico
  • Eddy Lujan known as propmaker
  • Luis López-Baquero known as draftsperson: Puerto Rico (as Luis Lopez Baquero)
  • Michelle Malley-Campos known as co-art department coordinator: Puerto Rico
  • Roberta Marquez Seret known as art department coordinator: New Mexico (as Roberta M. Seret)
  • Joseph Marshall known as utility technician
  • Alejandra Martinez known as charge scenic: Puerto Rico
  • Francisco Martinez known as on-set dresser: Puerto Rico
  • Miguel Antonio Martinez known as sculptor: Puerto Rico
  • Christopher McCain known as propmaker
  • Tim McCulloch known as greensman: New Mexico (as Tim McCullough)
  • Monica Monserrate known as set decorator: Puerto Rico
  • Adam Montoya known as utility technician
  • Lawrence Morales known as propmaker
  • Sorely Muentes known as construction buyer: Puerto Rico (as Sorely Muentes Mendez)
  • Kimberly Murak known as scenic artist
  • Joaquin N. Negron known as on-set props assistant: Puerto Rico
  • Jodi Nichols known as construction buyer: New Mexico
  • James F. Oberlander known as assistant art director (as Jim Oberlander)
  • Jean Pierre Patie known as co-key set painter: New Mexico (as Jen Pierre-Patie)
  • Wilhem Perez known as on-set painter: Puerto Rico
  • Andrew Petrotta known as property master (as Drew Petrotta)
  • Jeff Plauster known as general construction foreman: Puerto Rico
  • Billy Ray known as buyer: New Mexico (as Billy W. Ray)
  • Edward Reyes known as utility technician
  • Richard Roble known as scenic artist
  • Jose M. Rosado known as scenic artist
  • Alexis Gavilanes Sanchez known as utility technician (as Alexia Gavilanes)
  • Daniel Sanchez known as propmaker
  • Leonard Sanchez known as utility technician
  • Jose O. Santiago known as set dresser
  • Natalia Martinez Santiago known as scenic artist (as Natalia Martinez)
  • Melissa Sarthou known as scenic artist
  • Adrian Segura known as set dresser
  • Roberta M. Seret known as art department coordinator: New Mexico
  • Barton Slade known as construction foreman: New Mexico
  • Tek J. Smith known as propmaker
  • Enid Soto-Mendez known as draftsperson: Puerto Rico (as Enid Soto Mendez)
  • Jaime Souza known as co-key set painter: New Mexico
  • Jimmy Stephens known as propmaker
  • John Stone known as construction coordinator: Puerto Rico
  • Erik Torrez known as set dresser
  • David Trujillo known as set dresser
  • Robert P. Trujillo known as set dresser
  • Robert Valverde known as utility technician
  • Omar Villarella known as utility technician
  • Shant Balkian known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Charlie Bonilla known as construction foreman: local (uncredited)
  • Marsi Caraballo known as graphic designer (uncredited)
  • John Coven known as storyboard artist (uncredited)
  • Trinity Tad Davis known as art department assistant (uncredited)
  • Carlos De Orduña known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Ellen Lampl known as graphic designer (uncredited)
  • Nichole Miller known as set dressing fabricator (uncredited)
  • Raquel Medina Rampolla known as art department coordinator (uncredited)
  • Giancarlo Rebella known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Vivian Rebella known as buyer (uncredited)
  • Mariana Roca Iguina known as painter (uncredited)
  • Gerardo José Vega known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Dan Williams known as assistant art (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • BBC Films
  • Smoke House
  • Westgate Film Services
  • Winchester Capital Partners

Other Companies:

  • 1 Force  military technical advisors
  • ABKCO Music and Records  soundtrack
  • Absolut Video  video assist equipment provided by
  • Armytrucks  military vehicles
  • Atumusica  music preparation
  • BBC Worldwide Americas  motion content
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera cranes
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Deluxe Catering  catering: New Mexico
  • Dennis Davidson & Associates Public Releations (DDA)  international publicity consultants
  • EFilm  digital intermediate
  • Footsteps Post-Production Sound Inc.  foley recorded at
  • Framepool  stock footage
  • GEP  editing facility
  • Gallagher Entertainment  insurance (uncredited)
  • Kona Cutting  negative management
  • L.A. Mad Dogs  adr
  • NBC News Archives  motion content
  • Northwest Sinfonia  orchestra
  • Picture Mill, The  main titles (as Picture Mill)
  • Rockbottom Rentals  cell phone rentals
  • Rockbottom Rentals  junxion box rentals
  • Rockbottom Rentals  walkie rentals
  • Rosenfeld, Meyer & Susman  legal services
  • S.O.T.C. MultiMedia Group  product placement
  • Scarlet Letters  end titles
  • Son of a Chef  catering: Puerto Rico
  • Soundelux  post-production sound services
  • Star Waggons  cast trailers
  • Thought Equity  motion content (as Thought Equity Motion)
  • Toro Colon Mullet Rivera & Sifre  legal services
  • Widget Post Production  re-recorded at (as Widget Post)
  • Ziffren Brittenham  legal services


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  • Encore Films (2010) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Maple Pictures (2009) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Momentum Pictures (2009) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Nikkatsu (2010) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • SPI International (2010) (Czech Republic) (theatrical)
  • Sandrew Metronome Distribution Sverige AB (2010) (Sweden) (theatrical)
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  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2010) (France) (theatrical)
  • Spentzos Films (2009) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Volga (2009) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Anchor Bay Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD)
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  • Ascot Elite Entertainment Group (2010) (Switzerland) (all media)
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  • E1 Entertainment Benelux (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Empire (2010) (Romania) (DVD)
  • Film1 (2010) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Kinowelt Filmverleih (2009) (Austria) (all media)
  • Kinowelt Filmverleih (2009) (Germany) (all media)
  • Kinowelt Filmverleih (2009) (Switzerland) (all media) (German speaking region)
  • Prisvídeo – Edições Videográficas (2010) (Portugal) (all media)
  • Sandrews (2010) (Sweden) (DVD)
  • Sandrews (2010) (Sweden) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2010) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2010) (Argentina) (DVD) (Blu-ray)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • CIS Hollywood (visual effects)
  • Hirota Paint Industries (HPI) (uncredited)

Visual Effects by:

  • Matt Ashton known as systems: CIS Hollywood
  • Elika Burns known as roto/paint artist: CIS Hollywood
  • Patrick Clancey known as digital opticals
  • Scott Crafford known as dustbuster: CIS Hollywood
  • Ben Dishart known as cg artist: CIS Hollywood
  • Donald Fly known as general manager: CIS Hollywood
  • Mathias Frodin known as compositor: CIS Hollywood
  • Amy Garback known as data/io: CIS Hollywood
  • Bill Gilman known as compositor: CIS Hollywood
  • Alex Gitler known as compositor: CIS Hollywood
  • Kyle Gray known as compositor: CIS Hollywood
  • Brian Han known as visual effects scanning
  • Joe Henke known as digital effects supervisor: CIS Hollywood
  • Heather Elisa Hill known as visual effects production manager: CIS Hollywood
  • Mark Justison known as roto/paint artist: CIS Hollywood
  • Dan Knight known as compositor: CIS Hollywood
  • Heather MacPhee known as roto/paint artist: CIS Hollywood (as Heather MacPhee Ryan)
  • Sean Mattini known as digital colorist assist
  • Katie Miller known as visual effects production assistant: CIS Hollywood
  • Kama Moiha known as compositing supervisor: CIS Hollywood
  • Gregory Oehler known as senior inferno artist: CIS Hollywood (as Greg Oehler)
  • Julie Orosz known as visual effects executive producer: CIS Hollywood
  • Salahuddin Razul known as visual effects artist
  • Chris Ryan known as CG artist: CIS Hollywood
  • Nabil Schiantarelli known as compositor: CIS Hollywood
  • Aaron Schultz known as cg artist: CIS Hollywood
  • Prateep Siamwalla known as tracking
  • Thomas J. Smith known as visual effects supervisor
  • James Valentine known as roto/paint artist: CIS Hollywood
  • David Van Dyke known as visual effects producer: CIS Hollywood
  • Matt Wilson known as compositor: CIS Hollywood
  • Charlie Winter known as cg artist: CIS Hollywood
  • Nina Yoon known as roto/paint artist: CIS Hollywood (as Nina Harlan)
  • Annalyn Betinol known as roto artist (uncredited)
  • Randy Brown known as compositor: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
  • Elohim Cervantes Tampus known as visual effects artist (uncredited)
  • Brian Holmes known as systems engineer: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
  • Jean Jardeleza known as roto artist (uncredited)
  • Brandon Kachel known as matte painter: CIS (uncredited)
  • Kwang Jib Kim known as visual effects producer: Digitrove.Inc (uncredited)
  • Seryong Kim known as cg supervisor: Digitrove, Inc (uncredited)
  • Dong Su Kwak known as lead modeler: Digitrove, Inc (uncredited)
  • Gregory D. Liegey known as compositor: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
  • Brett Magnuson known as CG artist: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
  • Diana Miao known as texture & lighting supervisor: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
  • Robert Minsk known as systems: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
  • James P. Noon known as tracking (uncredited)
  • Hyun Bo Park known as modeler: Digitrove, Inc (uncredited)
  • Mitch Paulson known as second digital colorist: EFILM (uncredited)
  • Shaun Anthony Portillo known as roto artist (uncredited)
  • Bongkee Sohn known as rigger: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
  • Jason Wardle known as senior cgi artist: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
  • Xye known as tracking (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Italy 8 September 2009 (Venice Film Festival)
  • Canada 11 September 2009 (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • USA 25 September 2009 (Austin Fantastic Fest)
  • USA 2 October 2009 (Woodstock Film Festival)
  • USA 11 October 2009 (Hamptons International Film Festival)
  • UK 15 October 2009 (London Film Festival)
  • Belgium 17 October 2009 (Gent International Film Festival)
  • USA 17 October 2009 (Philadelphia International Film Festival)
  • USA 23 October 2009 (Vermont International Film Festival)
  • USA 3 November 2009 (Savannah Film and Video Festival)
  • UK 4 November 2009 (Leeds International Film Festival)
  • Greece 5 November 2009
  • Canada 6 November 2009
  • Ireland 6 November 2009
  • Italy 6 November 2009
  • UK 6 November 2009
  • USA 6 November 2009
  • Norway 24 November 2009 (Oslo International Film Festival)
  • Russia 10 December 2009
  • Estonia 11 December 2009
  • Kazakhstan 11 December 2009
  • Slovenia 24 December 2009
  • Denmark 7 January 2010
  • Netherlands 7 January 2010
  • Thailand 7 January 2010
  • Switzerland 15 January 2010 (Italian speaking region)
  • Taiwan 15 January 2010
  • Latvia 22 January 2010
  • Norway 22 January 2010
  • Israel 28 January 2010
  • Australia 4 February 2010
  • Portugal 4 February 2010
  • Sweden 5 February 2010
  • Finland 26 February 2010
  • Germany 4 March 2010
  • Austria 5 March 2010
  • Spain 5 March 2010
  • France 10 March 2010
  • Switzerland 10 March 2010 (French speaking region)
  • Switzerland 11 March 2010 (German speaking region)
  • Argentina 12 March 2010 (Pantalla Pinamar Festival)
  • Turkey 19 March 2010
  • Hungary 25 March 2010
  • Kuwait 25 March 2010
  • Brazil 26 March 2010
  • Bulgaria 26 March 2010 (limited)
  • Iceland 26 March 2010
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 April 2010
  • Singapore 1 April 2010
  • Uruguay 9 April 2010
  • Argentina 22 April 2010
  • Indonesia 29 April 2010
  • Mexico 7 May 2010
  • Poland 7 May 2010
  • Japan 14 August 2010
  • South Korea 7 July 2011

MPAA: Rated R for language, some drug content and brief nudity



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. Soundstage8 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:20 am

    I just got back from seeing "The Men Who Stare at Goats" at theWoodstock Film Festival. I walked in knowing the main plot, and Iexpected it to be pretty good because of the great actors it has, thepremise of the story and the music used in the soundtrack. Myexpectations weren't only met, but they were greatly exceeded.

    The story follows a broken-hearted journalist (McGregor) who goes onthe job to Iraq to prove to his ex-wife he isn't weak or frail. There,he meets Lyn Cassidy (Clooney) who is a "psychic" soldier for the USgovernment, trained by his hippie instructor Billy (Bridges) to use hismind, peace and love to overcome hairy military situations. The storyis the two mens' adventure together.

    The movie is essentially broken down into I'd say 3 parts. The firstpart is the main story of the journalist and Lyn as they travel in Iraqon a special mission Lyn is on. The second is the very humorousback-story of the history of the creation and existence of the "psychicsoldiers" of the military. When I say "back-story" and "history" I meanthe main background to Lyn and Billy's character, as well as the mainantagonist of the story, played by Kevin Spacey. The third part is thefirst person narration provided by Ewen McGregor about the things thatare going on. He offers insight into his mind and opinions on thethings he says and of himself and Lyn as the story progresses.

    The Men Who Stare at Goats is a very hilarious movie, with manyquotable lines and excellent acting by the entire cast. The story isvery unique and the film uses that as a great advantage to itself insetting up the humor. The characters are very real and are taken toheart right away. The film is funny, intriguing, smart, witty,fast-paced, emotional, enjoyable and inspirational. I highly recommendit to any Ewen McGregor, George Clooney, Kevin Spacey or Jeff Bridgesfan, for fans of those men will not be disappointed with the acting andmannerisms of the characters those actors portrayed.

    The Men Who Stare at Goats is a very fun movie to see in theaters andeveryone in my audience were cracking up laughing many, many times. Itis a movie for casual movie goers and film aficionados alike. Go seeit.


  2. pete-wiley from Always everywhere, never somewhere
    30 Mar 2012, 5:20 am

    Watching Grant Heslov's "The Men Who Stare at Goats" was tantamount tostaring at a stick of dynamite – for 93 minutes – that never exploded.All the critical mass of a quirky, eccentric comedy (i.e., an ablecast, a political pseudo-relevance) seemed to be undercut by clunkywriting, tacky 'Watch people fall down, get run over, and laugh'stunts, and a painfully disjointed plot which can barely be deemed aplot at all. Rather, the movie featured more of a direction: anill-defined, ill-conceived mission toward which two characters(Clooney's Lyn Cassady and McGregor's Bob Wilton) floated. The problemwith the loose plot development, in this case, is that Clooney'schemistry with McGregor feels forced and their connection in the filmequally contrived. The film was peppered with flashback (to whichBridges and Spacey owe the majority of their on-screen time) whichjettisoned any chance the viewer had with feeling an investment towardthe central story or its characters. In fact, the film stumbles fromcharacter to character so often that the viewer is caught juggling themunder the central story arc — and we never really care about most ofthem in the first place.

    "The Men Who Stare at Goats" allows for some laughs and some admirablesituational ironies. But don't expect the brilliance and subtlety of"The Big Lebowski" or "American Beauty."

  3. Gareth Pontin from Leicester, United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 5:20 am

    Well, I must say that I was looking forward to this movie – afterreading the cast list and hearing a brief overview of the plot I feltthat it had good potential. And whoever made the trailer did a verygood job of making me want to see it.

    Unfortunately, there seemed to me to be a certain amount of confusionabout the film – were the directors entirely sure what type of filmthey were making? There are elements of comedy, satire, drama,action… but without having enough of each of these things to reallygive the movie a proper feel or direction. It veers close to beingfunny… and then veers off. It comes close to satirising Americanmilitary tactics… and then goes off in another direction. I felt thata little more focus was needed overall to bring the film together.

    In terms of acting, I think that generally the actors can be pleasedwith their work – I don't remember any specific cases of over orunderacting, and the characters were about as believable as they couldbe in a film like this. As far as the comedy goes – this film wasprimarily marketed as a comedy – there are some genuinely funnymoments! Overall, however, I felt that some bits needed to be trimmeddown – the constant Jedi references were funny the first time butquickly wear thin.

    The plot also needed a little bit of work: it started off with apromising storyline, and good editing I might add, but seemed to loseits way towards the end. It seemed as if the film-makers didn't reallyknow where to go next. There were a few scenes that really didn't needto be included either – Robert Patrick's contribution to the filmreally added nothing, and could easily be removed. It was entirelyforgettable and was simply a device to get the characters to the nextplace that they needed to be.

    Overall I'd say this this is a fairly good film, certainly worthseeing. As for buying the DVD, that I'm not so sure about. If you'relooking for a way to spend and hour and a half of your evening, whilethere are better films to see than this there are also considerablyworse ones.

  4. cleardawn-1 from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 5:20 am

    I laughed so much I ended coughing! Even more so when I imagined howhard it had to be for the actors to remain that serious trough thehilariously stupidities of almost every scene.

    I found it brilliant because it had not an ounce of sanity, and it isdifficult now a days to catch a good, funny script that says so much insaying nothing. It's all in the eyes!

    Do not expect coherence, it cannot have it and that's the geniality ofthe whole movie. All the characters are as absurd as they can be,ambivalent, retarded, inspired and generous… No need to look for moreingredients to make a perfect funny concoction, worthy of your time andmoney.

  5. Doctor_Mongoose from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 5:20 am

    I'm going to say its definitely up there in the top few films I've seenat the cinema this year. It has been criticised for lacking more bitingcriticism of the US government, but I think people who are saying thatare missing the point. It does have a fair bit to say about how stupidthe US Military can be and how they like to blow money on obviouslypointless ventures, but there is a whole other side to it.

    I thought that the film was more about the human spirit and how that ifyou want to make a difference and want to do something you've got toreally go for it no matter how stupid the aim. Obviously the idea oftrying to be a psychic spy is unattainable and may sound ludicrous, butso may be the notion of trying to create world peace and help bringdifferent people together over a united cause. The film was more abouthow these drifters and lost souls managed to find something that theyfound worthy of pursuing and really devoted themselves to it, and Ithink this message is more admirable than any side-criticism of theUSA.

    The film plays out mainly as a buddy movie with Geogre Clooney, who isdoing his usual comic act very well, and Ewan McGregor as they headaround Iraq not really knowing what they are looking for and gettinginto loads of hilarious antics along the way. I don't think I'velaughed so much in the cinema this year, and the whole audience waslaughing along as well.

    I thought the structure was hardly groundbreaking, but done reallywell. Flashbacks involving Jeff Bridges and Clooney help add comicrelief during some of the straighter scenes in the film and also attimes are used to rack up the tension and reveal interesting insights.It is of course up to your interpretation if the flashbacks are 100%real, because they are told from the point of view of Ewan McGregor,recounting stories that were told to him by Clooney. This sorts outanother common criticism that the film is extremely unrealistic, butthere are some key scenes saying that Clooney might not be telling thewhole truth that I feel have been overlooked.

    It isn't going to be Oscar-fare or the greatest thing you'll ever seebut with a good cast and a lot of laughs there isn't really going to bea much better way of spending a lazy Saturday afternoon with somepopcorn and a buddy or two.

  6. Kyle Hodgdon from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:20 am

    I did like "The Men Who Stare at Goats", however, it was not as good asI set my hopes for. This is one of those movies where the trailers andadds on television showed the funniest parts of the movie.

    The story was neither here or there and I spent a majority of the timehoping they would really go somewhere, yet it never did.

    I felt that the idea of the movie was very splendid, but the executionleft a lot to be desired.

    Clooney and Spacey were great as always. Bridges (who I am not quite asfamiliar with) was enjoyable as well. McGregor was not bad, yet nothingspecial.

    Overall, not bad acting, not bad ideas, but the story could have beenbetter. Check it out if you have a chance but don't worry if it passesyou by.

  7. sabretoothmovies from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 5:20 am

    Even from the title, a person can guess that this movie will bedifferent. Men staring at goats doesn't seem like the most interestingplot line; maybe then does the movie aim to be original rather thanjust having commercial appeal? The answer is a resounding yes. Men WhoStare at Goats is absurd, odd, hilarious, amusing, definitely original,possibly good and not at all what you would expect.

    The plot, well the plot is complicated and involves a present-timestoryline that is broken up between flashbacks. In short, GeorgeClooney and Ewan McGregor are on one hell of a road trip in Iraq whileClooney tells McGregor about his time in a secret army trainingprogram, bent on creating Jedi warriors. So it's your typical movie.What it really is is one of those smart-and-dumb-at-the-same-time-comedies-that-involves- George-Clooney; films such as Burn AfterReading and The Informant (which he produced) also fall into thiscategory. Whether you like this movie or not, will depend on howaccepting you are of the ridiculous. The movie deals with developingJedi warriors in a comedically serious way that will be just too muchfor some people. The sixties counter culture is popular target forjokes in films, but an army program run by a long-haired hippy, workingon world peace by dancing, that's pushing it. My personal feeling forthe movie was overall positive; it was original and some segments weregenuinely funny. Also on the plus side was the acting. The two leadswere good, though McGregor had some accent slips, but the supportingcast was also impressive. Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges and Stephen Langall embraced the absurdity of their roles and played them with relish.

    As for the comedy, the movie is funny. Some parts drag on a little longwith no laughs but patience is always rewarded. Jokes in this movie areboth smart and dumb, mixing slapstick with intellectual comedy. Clooneyrunning over someone he's trying to rescue falls in the slapstickcategory; a guy explaining why the US has to finance the Jedi trainingbecause the USSR thinks there already financing it is smart funny.Kevin Spacey's "psychic voice" is just plain funny.

    To finish off, I can only think to repeat that the movie is absurd andjust plain odd, but then again so is real life. If the US can torturepeople with Barney why can't they train people with Star Wars?

  8. bilko-1 from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 5:20 am

    After reading some of the reviews here, I came to this film expectingto be disappointed. How wrong I was! It turned out to be one of thefunniest, most powerful films that I have seen in years. It reminded meof some of the great movies of the sixties and seventies. Times havechanged and it seems that people no longer get the kind of satire thatgrabbed us back then. I was constantly reminded of films like "Catch22,"" M.A.S.H." "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest," and "SteelyardBlues." In those days, we got it. Now, people see that "HippyPhilosophy" thing as a cliché. They cannot see the relevance to today'sworld, which is a pity. "The Men Who Stare At Goats' is a genre film,in the tradition of those great comic satires that challenged thestatus quo so effectively, 40 years back. I truly believe itsreputation will grow, over the years.

  9. C-Younkin from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:20 am

    "The Men Who Stare at Goats" is a fascinating subject that gets the"Saturday Night Live" treatment. It's all based on fact (from JonRonson's book) but the concept is so silly that director Grant Heslovand George Clooney (both worked on "Good Night, and Good Luck) reallycan't help but make fun of it, and there are some good laughs here.Just no real story.

    Ewan McGregor plays journalist Bob Wilton, a jilted husband who goes towar to forget his backstabbing wife only to end up wiling away inKuwait. One night he meets Lyn Cassidy (George Clooney), a familiarname to him from a previous interview he did years before aboutpsychic-spies. Lyn was the best in what was called the "New EarthArmy", started by Vietnam-Vet Bill Django (Jeff Bridges) in the 80's tocreate soldiers with super-powers who could prevent conflict. The Armywas later dismantled and used for evil purposes by the movie'santagonist Hooper (Kevin Spacey) but Lyn tells Bob he's beenre-activated, and has a secret mission to do in Iraq. Bob, thinking Lyncrazy but interesting at the same time, decides to team up with him andgo where the action is. Along the way, Lyn tells him stories of othersdubbed, "Jedi Warriors."

    Most of the movie is flashbacks, beginning with Iraq War 2003 andchronicling all the way back to the beginning of New Age warfare. Thereare weird and crazy laughs to be had like Lyn's initiation, whereDjango urges him he will never be a soldier unless he can free thedance. The lines are good too. "We tried invisibility but then workedit down to just not being seen", Lyn tells Bob upon their firstmeeting. Clooney is perfectly eccentric as a guy who lives by themindfulness-over-warfare principal and McGregor is a whiny, but solidstraight-man. Bridges is also terrific as this free-spirited hippie.Only the laughs and flashbacks (which feel like a series of sketches)aren't enough to distract from the fact that "Goats" really has nocompelling narrative. The forward-moving story in Iraq 2003 has verylittle momentum. Spacey appears later on again as the villain but theconflict is weak and the movie has more than over-stayed its welcome.

  10. peter-night from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:20 am

    I guess I must have had high expectations coming into this film becausealthough I enjoyed it I was left with a sense of "it could've been muchbetter." The soundtrack was amazing and some of the acting left mesmiling (but not laughing!). There were some great moments and someclassic situations but I think the problem is that it's a one jokemovie and sustaining the comedy for nearly two hours was too much.

    All the usual suspects put in frenzied performances, but again I feltthey were trying to hard. Don't bother to go to the theater. Wait forit on DVD. You'll enjoy it much more (rather than keep thinking aboutthe 11 bucks you just spent!).

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