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Hoffman's work in 'Wanted' warrants posthumous honor

By Ben Wood

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 01, 2014

~~<p>The late <strong>Phillip Seymour Hoffman</strong> certainly deserves a best-actor nomination for his final picture, &quot;A Most Wanted Man,&quot; an intelligence thriller set in Hamburg and Berlin, based on <strong>John le Carre</strong>'s book of the same name. Hoffman died Feb. 2 at age 46. He is brilliant in &quot;Wanted Man&quot; as he plays Gunter Bachmann, the overweight, disheveled, heavy-smoking, hard-drinking head of a small, secret German anti-terrorist team trying to develop sources within the Islamic community. His strong supporting cast includes <strong>Willem Dafoe, Rachel McAdams</strong> and <strong>Robin Wright</strong>.</p>
<p><strong>Grigoriy Dobrygin</strong> portrays Issa Karpov, a half-Chechen, half-Rus&shy;sian who has been tortured in prison and jumps from a ship, swimming to a Hamburg dock. Karpov has a contact in Hamburg who gets a civil rights lawyer (McAdams) to help him. He has millions of euros, dirty money collected by his father and grandfather, that has been left to him in a German bank. The bank, not particular about how depositors acquired their money, is run by Dafoe's character. Bachmann uses his skills to work things out despite difficulties. It is Hoffman at his best &mdash; so good that he just may win the best-actor Oscar &hellip;</p>
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The late Phillip Seymour Hoffman certainly deserves a best-actor nomination for his final picture, "A Most Wanted Man," an intelligence thriller set in Hamburg and Berlin, based on John le Carre's book of the same name. Hoffman died Feb. 2 at age 46. He is brilliant in "Wanted Man" as he plays Gunter Bachmann, the overweight, disheveled, heavy-smoking, hard-drinking head of a small, secret German anti-terrorist team trying to develop sources within the Islamic community. His strong supporting cast includes Willem Dafoe, Rachel McAdams and Robin Wright.

Grigoriy Dobrygin portrays Issa Karpov, a half-Chechen, half-Rus­sian who has been tortured in prison and jumps from a ship, swimming to a Hamburg dock. Karpov has a contact in Hamburg who gets a civil rights lawyer (McAdams) to help him. He has millions of euros, dirty money collected by his father and grandfather, that has been left to him in a German bank. The bank, not particular about how depositors acquired their money, is run by Dafoe's character. Bachmann uses his skills to work things out despite difficulties. It is Hoffman at his best — so good that he just may win the best-actor Oscar … Login for more...



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