The Men Who Stare at Goats

An emotionally wounded reporter (Ewan McGregor) gets himself stationed in Iraq after Sept. 11, and he winds up traveling through the desert with a purported psychic former soldier (George Clooney, in fine form) on a black-ops mission. Clooney’s soldier was part of a new-age squad that tried peaceful means to fight wars—but wasn’t above staring at a goat until its heart stopped. One of the year’s funniest movies, it not only features a hilarious Clooney, but Jeff Bridges as a longhaired military man and shaman, and Kevin Spacey as a jealous fellow psychic soldier. The movie falls safely on the bizarre side and, in that sense, shares similarities with Clooney’s directorial debut, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Grant Heslov, who worked with Clooney on Good Night, and Good Luck, directs.

Credits

Director:

  • Grant Heslov

Cast:

  • George Clooney
  • Jeff Bridges
  • Ewan McGregor
  • Kevin Spacey
  • Robert Patrick
  • Stephen Lang
  • Stephen Root
  • Glenn Morshower
  • Waleed Zuaiter
  • Rebecca Mader
  • Nick Offerman
  • Terry Serpico
  • Tim Griffin
  • Jacob Brown
  • Brad Grunberg
  • Elsa Villafane

Producers:

  • George Clooney
  • Grant Heslov
  • Paul Lister
  • Barbara Hall
  • James Holt
  • David M. Thompson

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