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The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)


War/Comedy · 1h 33m · 11/6/2009

No goats. No glory.


In this comedic look at real life events that are almost too bizarre to believe, reporter Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) discovers an experimental top-secret wing of the U.S. military called The New Earth Army, trained to change the ways wars are fought through New Age psychic power. In search of his next big story, Wilton tracks down Lyn Cassady (Academy Award® winner George Clooney), a shadowy figure who claims to be a member of this legion of “Warrior Monks” with unparalleled psychic powers who can read the enemy’s thoughts, pass through walls, and even kill a goat simply by staring at it. Marshall Fine of the Huffington Post states “Grant Heslov’s wild comedy is a delicious and funny trip through the powers of the mind – and the powers of suggestion.” Inspired by Jon Ronson’s non-fiction bestseller of the same name, this is an eye-opening and hilarious story of the government’s attempts to harness soldiers’ paranormal abilities in order to combat its enemies. Also stars Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey and Academy Award® nominee Jeff Bridges.






United States, United Kingdom

Production Companies

Smokehouse Pictures, BBC Films, Westgate Film Services, Winchester Capital Partners





Where to Watch


Edward Holley

Army Soldier

Hunter Bell

PSIC Worker #2

Jaime Margarida

Major General Pendleton

Christopher Maher

Iraqi Driver

Donn Lamkin

Lyn's Father

Drew Seltzer


Christopher Robinson

Stryker Soldier

Shafik N. Bahou

Kidnapper #2

Robert Curtis Brown

General Brown

Sean Curley

Lyn (12 years old)

Steve Witting

PSIC Worker #1

Michael-David Aragon


Waleed Zuaiter

Mahmud Daash

Ewan McGregor

Bob Wilton

Hrach Titizian

Kidnapper #1

Steven Ray Byrd

Military Driver / Soldier (uncredited)

William Sterchi

Bob's Editor

Merik Tadros

Irate Insurgent

Paul J. Porter

Captian Wogolman

Matt Newton

Vietnam Private Chris

Morse Bicknell

Ben Echmeyer

Sean Phillips

Vietnam Soldier

Samuel Ray Gates

Journalist #1 (as Samuel Gates)

Fawad Siddiqui

Kuwait Waiter (as Fawad Masood Siddiqui)

Elsa Villafane

Gus' Mother

Brad Grunberg


Alexandra Andrews

Scottys Bride (uncredited)

Saddam Hussein

Himself (archive footage)

Wiley M. Pickett

Krom - Texan

Terry Serpico

Krom - Phil Driver

Robert Anthony Brass

Sgt. Bishop

John McTasney

Master Sgt Kauzlarik (uncredited)

Jacob Browne

Lieutenant Boone

Tim Griffin

Tim Kootz

Diego Serrano

Krom - Chilean

George Clooney

Lyn Cassady

Frank Powers

SSG Stevens (uncredited)

Michael J. Morris

Army Officer (uncredited)

George W. Bush

Himself (archive footage)

Brian Tester

U.S. Army Officer (uncredited)

A.J. Tannen

Army Broadcaster (scenes deleted)

Reginald Huc

Krom - 3rd Security Man

Kevin Wiggins

Major General Jack Gillian

Brent Lambert

Ann Arbor Newspaper Staff (uncredited)

Rebecca Mader

Debora Wilton

Jeff Bridges

Bill Django

Robert Farrior

Sergeant Skinner (uncredited)

Nick Offerman

Scotty Mercer

Glenn Morshower

Major Holtz

Kevin Geer

CIA Agent

Stephen Root

Gus Lacey

Stephen Lang

Brigadier General Dean Hopgood

Kevin Spacey

Larry Hooper

Rafael Christian

US Soldier (uncredited)

John Macho

Jedi #2 (uncredited)

Arron Shiver

Norm Pendlleton

JJ Raschel

Clifford Hickox

Robert Patrick

Todd Nixon

Todd La Tourrette


MinhTu Van

VC Woman

McCaleb Burnett

Journalist #2

Rolfe Kent


Grant Heslov


Grant Heslov


Peter Straughan


Tatiana S. Riegel


Paul Lister


Jon Ronson


Sharon Seymour


George Clooney


Robert Elswit

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