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House of Saddam 

A mini-series that explores the inner workings of Saddam Hussein's family and his relationship with his closest advisers.
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2008  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Igal Naor ...  Saddam Hussein 4 episodes, 2008
Shohreh Aghdashloo ...  Sajida Khairallah Talfah 4 episodes, 2008
Makram Khoury ...  Tariq Aziz 4 episodes, 2008
Philip Arditti ...  Uday Hussein 4 episodes, 2008
Mounir Margoum ...  Qusay Hussein 4 episodes, 2008
Agni Scott ...  Raghad Hussein 4 episodes, 2008
Amr Waked ...  Hussein Kamel 3 episodes, 2008
Uri Gavriel ...  Ali Hassan Al Majid 3 episodes, 2008
Christine Stephen-Daly Christine Stephen-Daly ...  Samira Shahbandar / ... 3 episodes, 2008
Saïd Amadis Saïd Amadis ...  Adnan Khairallah / ... 2 episodes, 2008
Amber Rose Revah ...  Hala Hussein 2 episodes, 2008
Shivani Ghai ...  Rana Hussein 2 episodes, 2008
Daniel Lundh ...  Saddam Kamel 2 episodes, 2008
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A mini-series that explores the inner workings of Saddam Hussein's family and his relationship with his closest advisers.

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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House of Saddam See more »

Filming Locations:

Tunisia

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Runtime:

(4 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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How to seize power and hold on to it for a quarter of a century
30 August 2008 | by gray4See all my reviews

This four-part mini-series grips you from the outset. Yigal Naor's portrayal of the young Saddam is brilliant, seizing power brutally but always with a purpose behind his brutality. This contrasts with the mindless, purposeless brutality of his elder son Uday (Philip Arditti), which comes through in the 2nd and 3rd episodes.

The mini-series' structure, taking four key years in Saddam's life over 24 years, is managed extremely effectively, although one consequence is that some of the best-known incidents of his reign of terror have to be omitted.

The character of each family member develops across the episodes and the overall sense of an all-pervading reign of terror comes over very powerfully.

My main criticism is of the final episode, almost elegiac with a mellow Saddam on the run with a consequent loss of tension and momentum. Although I suppose that, as we all know what happened to him right from the start, this is probably inevitable. But well worth watching and superbly acted by everyone.


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