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Blind Flight (2003)

The true story of Irishman Brian Keenan and Englishman John McCarthy's extraordinary relationship as hostages of militias in Lebanon during the 1979-91 Civil War.


John Furse


John Furse
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Hart ... Brian Keenan
Linus Roache ... John McCarthy
Kalim Koleilat Kalim Koleilat ... Industrial Cell - Kidnap Guard
Nayef Rashed ... Industrial Cell - Militia Officer
Bassem Breish ... Storeroom - Joker
Dany El Khoury Dany El Khoury ... Storeroom - Rida (as Dany B. Khoury)
Vic Tablian ... Storeroom - Senior Cleric
Mohamad Chamas Mohamad Chamas ... Underground Cell - Abed (as Mohammed Chamas)
Ziad Lahoud Ziad Lahoud ... Underground Cell - Said
Fadi Sakr Fadi Sakr ... Underground Cell - Safi
Bahi Ghubril Bahi Ghubril ... Other Guards - Releasing Officer
Abdala Keserwani Abdala Keserwani ... Other Guards - Farmhouse Guard
Haroutioun Toupoushian Haroutioun Toupoushian ... Other Guards - Mazin
Asbed Zaderian Asbed Zaderian ... Other Guards - First Gunman
Áine Ní Mhuirí Áine Ní Mhuirí ... Brian's Mum


Keenan and McCarthy spent 4.5 years confined together, held underground for much of their captivity, at times chained to each other and to the walls of their prisons. The two men, who could easily have found themselves at opposite ends of a gun barrel in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, instead forged a relationship which transcended all that appeared to divide them. "Blind Flight" tells the story of this compelling relationship as they both resurrect their deepest memories, feelings, fears and loves. In their near biblical journey they uncover many of the forces which made them blind and captive human beings prior to their physical captivity. They finally discover a compassion for their captors which makes the film a 'love story' in the fullest and most humanistic sense. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

9 April 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

La nuit des otages See more »

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Dolby Digital


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Brian's fingernails remain neatly trimmed throughout the period of captivity. See more »

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Two men kidnapped by terrorists, what could be worse? One is British and the other is Irish...uh-oh!
14 April 2004 | by reel_reviewerSee all my reviews

This film is basically what you would call a 'two-hander' in theater parlance, as the main action revolves around two men who have been kidnapped in Beirut in the 1980's. Based on the true story (screenplay was co-written by the author) of Irishman 'Brian Keenan' who was kept in captivity for 4 1/2 years. Unlike your typical Hollywood prison film there are no attempts to keep track of time or even to escape, the main focus for Keenan (perfectly played by longtime character actor Ian Hart) is to stay physically and mentally alive while facing first solitary confinement and then shared captivity with a Brit, no less. Although the mismatched 'odd couple' might seem humorous at first, they soon learn to co-exist with each other and their captors in their own individual ways. Keenan is a natural rebel and tries a number of techniques to get information about the outside world, from hunger strikes to refusing to shave or wear 'prisoner clothes'. This attitude puts him at odds with some of the sadistic tendencies of his captors who routinely order the men to perform inane tasks or suffer beatings for no reason. If anyone ever has any question as to why a nation should use any means necessary to free political hostages, this film is it. A taut drama that will enhance your appreciation of the courage any survivor of captivity must demonstrate. I should also note that well-known British actor Linus Roache ("Hart's War") is equally excellent in portraying the easy-going journalist 'John McCarthy' (who was released a year after Keenan in real life).

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