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Theo Who Lived (2016)

Theo Who Lived
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $9,430Details
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In the late fall of 2012, Theo Padnos, a struggling American journalist, slipped into Syria to report on the country’s civil war and was promptly kidnapped by Al Qaeda’s branch in Syria. Because he spoke fluent Arabic, his captors suspected he worked for the CIA and, for months, brutally tortured him during interrogation sessions. But his fluency, coupled with his remarkable personal expansiveness, also led to an extraordinary engagement with, and understanding of, his captors. By the time of his release, twenty-two months later, he had become a confidante of al-Qaeda’s top commander in Syria. Padnos returns to the Middle East and retraces the physical and emotional steps of his harrowing journey, performing his memories, and enacting the fantasy world he created as means of mental escape.


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Fresh
80% - Fresh

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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: September 30th, 2016 (Limited) by Zeitgeist
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 86 minutes
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Keywords: Middle East, Syria, Terrorism, Kidnap, Tortured for Information, C.I.A., Mistaken Identity, Investigative Journalist
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Zeitgeist Films
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 8,307 $2,494 Oct 14, 2016 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 8,855 $4,990 Oct 7, 2016 10


Theo Padnos    Himself
Nancy Curtis    Herself
Viva Hardigg    Herself

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    David Schisgall
Producer    Amanda Branson Gill
Executive Producer    Evgenia Peretz
Executive Producer    Dan Cogan
Co-Producer    Mark Steele
Music composed and performed by    Byron Estep
Editor    Jane Jo
Director of Photography    Timothy Grucza
Production Designer    Knox White

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2016/10/07 74 $4,990   1 $4,990   $4,990 10
2016/10/14 83 $2,494 -50% 2 $1,247   $9,430 17

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2016/10/07 77 $6,936   1 $6,936   $6,936 14

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