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''Body of Lies'' is a 2008 American spy film directed by Creator/RidleyScott. Set in the Middle East, it follows the attempts of the CIA and Jordanian Intelligence to catch al-Saleem, a fictional jihadist terrorist. Frustrated by his elusiveness, differences in their approaches show and strain relations between a CIA operative, Roger Ferris (LeonardoDiCaprio), his superior Ed Hoffman (Creator/RussellCrowe) and the head of Jordanian Intelligence, Hani [[TheyCallMeMisterTibbs Pacha]] (Creator/MarkStrong). The CIA orchestrate a staged bombing in Turkey, making it seem to be the work of a previously unknown terrorist, betting that al-Saleem's pride will encourage him to make contact with those responsible.

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!!This movie provides examples of:
* BadassBoast: Hani: "In matters of intelligence, Edward, you are speaking to the king."
* BlatantLies: Ferris tells a man that he is ''not'' being let out into the public to see who shoots him, even though that is exactly what the plan is and they both know it. Also a large part of the film, as the title says, and Hani clearly states, "Never lie to me!" while expecting the CIA to do exactly that to him.
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:Karami.]]
* DefectorFromDecadence: [[spoiler:Ferris.]]
* DefrostingIceQueen: It takes a bit of work for Ferris to hook up with Aisha, to say the least.
* {{Fingore}}: [[spoiler:Ferris at the hands of Al-Saleem. He smashes two of Ferris' fingers with a hammer to a bloody pulp, and apparently, he loses them by the end of the movie.]]
* GambitPileup
* HospitalHottie: Aisha.
* IKnowYouKnowIKnow: The main plot of the movie is about who's lying to whom, and ''who knows'' who's lying to whom.
* KudzuPlot: You spend more than half the movie trying to figure out who's trying to set up who, while trying not to be outwitted by the other parties.
* ManipulativeBastard: Hoffman.
* ThePlan: [[spoiler:Hani Pasha's modus operandi]]
* ReverseMole: [[spoiler:Karami.]]
* RockBeatsLaser: No matter how powerful your drones are, they can't see through a man-made cloud of dust.[[note]]The method used in the film was [[JustForFun/TropesExaminedByTheMythBusters Busted]], as it didn't really block the view from up high; the ''Series/MythBusters'' showed a far more effective method involving a more complete cloud of dust--generated just upwind of the kidnap site--and carbon dioxide fire extinguishers to block any infrared capabilities.[[/note]]
* SharpDressedMan: Hani Salaam looks as if he stepped right off the cover of a GQ magazine.
* SirSwearsALot: Ferris himself.
* SmugSnake: Hoffman. It must be noted that half the things that don't work in the movie were due to his own arrogance in the first place.
* SpySatellites: The drones.
* TermsOfEndangerment: Hani Pasha.
* TheWarOnTerror: The movie starts in Iraq, and the majority of it is focused on hunting a terrorist.
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler:Sadiki, Hoffman and Ferris.]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:Hoffman to Sadiki; Hoffman to Ferris.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Ferris calls out Hoffman several times on the fact that his interference with Ferris' own intelligence operations continually set them ''both'' back. This is aggravated because Hoffman normally runs things on the phone while safe and sound, with his family, whereas Ferris works on the ground in Jordan.
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