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Rated PG-13 · 129 minutes · 2010

Drama, Thriller
Director Roman Polanski’s latest film is a fictionalized look at a former British prime minister (Pierce Brosnan, obviously playing a role modeled after Tony Blair) and the trouble he’s having getting his memoirs published. His first writer drowned in an apparent accident, and the next ghostwriter (Ewan McGregor) is uncovering all sorts of crooked, shifty stuff involving the War on Terror as he augments the manuscript. Olivia Williams does some of the film’s best work as the ex-prime minister’s wife, a deceptively grouchy woman who seems fed up with her spouse. McGregor does well under Polanski’s tutelage, as does Brosnan. The film is set in Massachusetts, but because Polanski can’t come here without getting pinched, Germany substitutes (rather unsuccessfully) for Cape Cod. Polanski had to work on postproduction while in a Swiss prison; actually, the circumstances surrounding the making of the movie are a little more interesting than the movie itself. The film keeps you interested, but isn’t among Polanski’s best.
Official Site: www.theghostwriter-movie.com
Director: Roman Polanski
Producer: Roman Polanski, Robert Benmussa and Alain Sarde
Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Ewan McGregor, Kim Cattrall, Olivia Williams, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Hutton, Eli Wallach, Jim Belushi and Richard Rycart

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Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week The Ghost Writer, Green Zone, Remember Me, She's Out of My League and more. 03/11/2010
Memphis Flyer The Real Thing Roman Polanski guides The Ghost Writer with classical élan. by Addison Engelking 03/11/2010
Colorado Springs Independent Scandalously good However sick we are of seeing Roman Polanski's name in headlines, it's clear that the movies have missed him. by Jonathan Kiefer 03/11/2010
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Portland Mercury The Polanski Problem Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer is no Chinatown. by Zac Pennington 03/04/2010
NUVO Sam reviews 'The Ghost Writer' Roman Polanski has unfortunately given his detractors ammunition. Yet the director, charged with a sex crime in 1977 (that he is still paying for), has always redeemed himself with his films. by Sam Watermeier 03/17/2010
Indy Week Polanski's Ghost Writer is a finely tuned thriller Ghost Writer is better than a perfectly told story; it's a film with a unique feel and voice made with penetrating intelligence and precise technique. by Nathan Gelgud 03/17/2010
The Coast Halifax The Ghost Writer gets lost in the details More and more layers of mystery are added to the plot of Roman Polanski's film, beyond the point of actually making sense of anything. by Hillary Titley 03/18/2010

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