The Ghost Writer

el escritor The Ghost Writer (2010) (Spanish Title: El escritor)

Director: Roman Polanski

Writers: Roman Polanski, Robert Harris. Based in the novel The Ghost by Robert Harris

Cast: Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall, Olivia Williams, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Hutton, John Bernthal, David Rintoul, Robert Pugh, Eli Wallach, James Belushi


A gifted author hired to ghost-write the memoirs of a controversial former British Prime Minister becomes a hunted man when he uncovers explosive secrets about the past.

The Ghost (Ewan McGregor) senses something’s not right from the minute he gets the lucrative assignment to complete Adam Lang’s (Pierce Brosnan) autobiography. For starters, the previous ghost-writer, a longtime aide to the ex-Prime Minister, is dead—an apparent suicide victim. As Lang becomes engulfed in a scandal over his administration’s harsh counterterrorism tactics, The Ghost digs into the charismatic politician’s past, discovering clues that he may be hiding something far more shocking than the current allegations against him.

Hunkered down in a secluded East Coast beach house with Lang, his beautiful wife and political muse (Olivia Williams), his alluring chief of staff (Kim Catrall) and a small cadre of staffers and bodyguards, The Ghost finds himself losing his objectivity and becoming part of the story he’s supposed to be chronicling. Unsure who to trust, he sets out on an increasingly dangerous quest for the truth that leads to a startling discovery with far-reaching implications. But he may not live to write the final chapter…

my opinion:

The last Roman Polanski film was released in Spain on March 26, 2010. Begoña and I went last Friday, April 2, to see this superb film well directed, well written and with fantastic performances. I did enjoy it very much. Highly recommended.

My Rating: 9/10

For additional information:


Official website

William Bradley: The Ghost(s): Of Tony Blair, Roman Polanski, and A War on Terror


6 thoughts on “The Ghost Writer”

  1. >Hola Jose Ignacio:No he visto la película, pero sí que leí el libro en el que está basada, "El poder en la sombra", de Robert Harris. Y la historia me pareció excelente. Cualquier parecido con la realidad será pura coincidencia, seguro.Saludos

  2. >Tenía ganas de ver la peli y tu comentario me anima más. El escritor es uno de mis favoritos y tenía pendiente "El poder de la sombra" y no sabía que era el mismo libro.Recomiendo "Patria" del mismo autor a quien no la haya leído.

  3. >Hi Ignacio, film will arrive tomorrow in Italy and after having read your post I'll go and see it, absoluteky!By the way, if I can give you my humble suggestion for your challenge: do you know Dorothy Parker? I wrote a post about her thriller I forgot hidden in the shelves at home…Further: I've not forgotten to write about Batya Gu, shall do it soon.Un cordial saludo

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