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Captain Abu Raed


Amin Matalqa

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About the Movie

Captain Abu Raed is a universal story of friendship, inspiration and heroism set in contemporary Jordan. Abu Raed is a lonely janitor at Amman’s International Airport. Never having realized his dreams of seeing the world, he experiences it vicariously through books and brief encounters with travelers. Finding a discarded Captain’s hat in the trash at work one day, he is followed by a neighborhood boy who spots him wearing it as he walks home. The next morning he wakes up to find a group of neighborhood children at his door, believing him to be an airline pilot. And thus the friendship begins. Happy for the company and attention, he takes the children to colorful places around the world through his fictional stories and inspires them to believe in their own ambitions.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 34
  • Fresh: 26
  • Rotten: 8
  • Average Rating: 6.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Mr. Matalqa seems more interested in a wistful atmosphere than in complexity. Mr. Sawalha, a veteran television and film actor, has no trouble creating that. – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Captain Abu Raed is a straightforward heart-tugging melodrama that, while safe and conventional, is likable in numerous ways. – Todd McCarthy, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: Amin Matalqa's teary drama, Captain Abu Raed, takes its obvious cues from the neorealism of Satyajit Ray and Jean Renoir, but Matalqa doesn't know how to balance melodrama with quiet moments the way the masters did. – Sam Adams, Los Angeles Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Belies the inexperience of its makers, for it's a substantial, deeply moving film that has the potential to captivate audiences everywhere. – Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

A great human story

This great universal story of the Middle East is really refreshing and full of hope. A real feelgood movie.

Captain Abu Raed
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2014

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