House of Saddam is a 2008 miniseries joint-produced by BBC Television and HBO Films. Described by as "The Sopranos with Scud Missiles," the series chronicles the rise and fall of Saddam Hussein (Igal Naor), but also the lives of his family, which consists of his long-suffering wife Sajidah (Shohreh Aghdashloo), his sons Uday and Quasy (Phillip Arditti and Mounir Margoum) his daughters Raghad, Hana and Halah (Agni Scott, Shivani Ghai and Amber Rose Revah) and his mistress Samira (Christine Stephen-Daly), who later becomes his second wife, as well as those in his inner circle.
Disproportionate Retribution: Try to assassinate the President of Iraq? He will raze your village in retaliation. Accuse a neighboring country of driving down the price of oil? You invade their country. Try to attempt to overthrow the President of Iraq after defecting to Jordan and taking his daughters with them? He will set you up to take the fall to make himself look good to the U.N. Weapons Inspectors, force you to divorce his daughters upon your return to Iraq, and set you up to be killed.
The Dragon: In Part 1, it's Adnan Khairallah. Later, Hussein Kamel takes over until he is killed.
Extreme Melee Revenge: Uday, Uday, Uday. Beating your dad's most trusted valet to death while in a rage will not go well with your dad.
Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Saddam with his own mother at first, before telling her that she “gave him nothing” on her deathbed. Played straight with Qusay and Uday concerning their relationship with Sajida.
Freudian Excuse: Saddam had a rough infancy, which he recalls from time time. His stepfather was very abusive and his mother was at least an enabler. He never knew his natural father, but Saddam's mother, the widow of the man, describes him as very bad blood.
I Gave My Word: Saddam promises his first wife that Raghad and Rana would be spared his wrath upon their return to Iraq. Their husbands, Hussein and Saddam Kamel, are not as lucky. Technically, Saddam did promise not to harm them, but didn't say anything about their Uncle Ali exercising tribal law at Saddam's behest.
I Regret Nothing: When Sajida confronts Saddam after he shot his best friend (of which his now-widow was a friend of hers), Saddam replies that if he is able to kill even his best friend without hesitation, then he is a man to be feared.
The Mistress: Samira Shahbandar, at first. Saddam even goes as far as to flirt with her in front of her husband in Part 1. By Part 2, she is his second wife.
Nepotism: Saddam places members of his family in high-positions of power once he becomes President. In an ironic twist, Saddam's predecessor was his own cousin, who had made Saddam his deputy before being overthrown.
Saddam, as his convoy is ambushed by assassins while he is leaving Dujail.
Qusay when he finds out that Uday had brained his father's favorite valet.
The biggest one takes place in Part 4, during the firefight with the Coalition, Uday sees that the Coalition forces is about to fire a rocket at him and Uday.
Pragmatic Villainy: After Uday kills one of his father's confidants (he insulted Uday's mother by introducing Saddam to a new mistress), the enraged Saddam unleashes a beating on his son. While chewing Uday out, Saddam claims that he's upset not by Uday's violent behavior, but that there's no point to it.
Saddam: You think violence is a pastime!? It is a tool! What are we? Barbarians?!
Tyrant Takes the Helm: According to Al-Bakr, thanks to his rule - with Saddam as deputy - Iraq has schools and food for all of the people, for the first time in history. He is depossed and Saddam's regime is quickly driven by megalomania and tyranny.