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The Ghost Writer, also known in the UK as The Ghost, is a 2010 political thriller based on a novel by Robert Harris.An unremarkable ghost-writer has landed a lucrative contract to redact the memoirs of Adam Lang, the former UK Prime Minister (a Captain Ersatz of Tony Blair). After dominating British politics for years, Lang has retired with his wife to the USA. Soon, Adam Lang gets embroiled in a major scandal with international ramifications that reveals how far he was ready to go in order to nurture the UK's "special relationship" with the USA. But before this controversy has started, before even he has closed the deal with the publisher, the ghost-writer gets unmistakable signs that the turgid draft he is tasked to put into shape inexplicably constitutes highly sensitive material.Not to be confused with the children's television series Ghostwriter. See this article on That Other Wiki for an explanation about the word "ghostwriter."
This film provides examples of:
Americans Are Morons: The original book is called The Ghost. The movie is called The Ghost in most regions. Apparently, Americans won't get that the movie is not a supernatural thriller, and that "the ghost" is a metaphor.
Armor-Piercing Question: It's not directly phrased as a question, but the sentiment is very much present. When confronted with allegations of torturing terror suspects, Lang responds with a Motive Rant that if he had his way, there would be two lines at the airport; one where nobody's civil rights had been violated in any way, and another where the government had done everything it could to keep the people safe, and then they could see which line Rycart (who had been condemning the civil rights abuses) would put his kids in. See Strawman Has a Point on the YMMV tab.
Bolivian Army Ending: It is strongly implied at the end that the writer is hit by a car, possibly even on purpose as the car actually accelerates, though what happens after that is anyone's guess.
California Doubling: A portion of the film is set in Massachusetts, but the scenes were filmed in Germany.
Face Death with Dignity: After killing Lang, the sniper (wearing his dead son's desert camouflage) drops his rifle and snaps to attention, allowing himself to be killed by security.
Gory Discretion Shot: The car accident. The last we see of our hero is him walking off screen onto a road. The camera stays in place, and seconds later a car follows. A screech of tires, a loud thud, and the papers of the manuscript start flying...
The US secretary of state in the film looks a lot like Condoleezza Rice.
One of the scenes in the novel is a publishers' meeting where The Ghost gets the contract to write Adam Lang's memoirs. One of those present rants about how two of the UK's best selling novelists - "that ex-army psycho and the actress with the tits" - are ghost written. That ex-army psycho would be thriller writer Andy McNab, and the actress with the tits would be Katie Price, better known as Page Three Stunna Jordan.
Too Dumb to Live: So your predecessor in the job died in very suspicious circumstances, and the only witness has suffered an 'accident' that left her in a coma. After finding this out, the ghost writer not only doesn't run a very long way away, but decides to start shagging the main suspect's wife. Who is also his employer's wife.