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Rock the Kasbah (film)

Rock the Kasbah
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Barry Levinson
Produced by
Written by Mitch Glazer
Music by Marcelo Zarvos
Cinematography Sean Bobbitt
Edited by Aaron Yanes
Distributed by Open Road Films
Release dates
  • October 22, 2015 (2015-10-22) (Belgium premiere)
  • October 23, 2015 (2015-10-23) (United States)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $15 million[1]
Box office $2.4 million[2]

Rock the Kasbah is a 2015 American comedy film directed by Barry Levinson and written by Mitch Glazer.[3] The film stars Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Leem Lubany, Scott Caan, Danny McBride, Kelly Lynch, Arian Moayed, Taylor Kinney, and Beejan Land. The film was released on October 23, 2015, by Open Road Films.


  • Synopsis 1
  • Cast 2
  • Production 3
    • Filming 3.1
  • Release 4
  • Reception 5
    • Box office 5.1
    • Critical response 5.2
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Richie Lanz (Bill Murray), a has-been rock manager takes his last remaining client on a USO tour of Afghanistan. When Richie finds himself in Kabul, abandoned, penniless and without his U.S. passport, he discovers a young Afghan girl with an extraordinary voice and manages her through Afghanistan's version of American Idol.

The story is very freely adapted from the 2009 documentary, Afghan Star, and was dedicated to one of the stars of that film Setara Hoseinzadah.



Bill Murray promoting the film at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International as his character.

On September 3, 2013 it was announced that QED International is producing the film with Bill Murray set to star in the film, Barry Levinson directing the film on a script by Mitch Glazer.[3] On January 30, 2014, more actors joined the film including Bruce Willis, Shia LaBeouf, Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel and Danny McBride, with shooting being set to start in June 2014.[4] On February 6, 2014 it was announced that Open Road Films had acquired the US distribution rights to the film.[10] On March 27, 2014, Shia LaBeouf dropped out of the film.[11] On March 31, 2014, Scott Caan joined the cast to replace LaBeouf.[5] On May 6, 2014 Australian Actor Beejan Land joined the cast. On May 28, 2014, Taylor Kinney joined the cast of the film.[9]


Principal photography and production began on June 2, 2014,[12] and ended on July 30, 2014.[13]


On August 20, 2014, Open Road Films announced the film would be released on April 24, 2015.[14] On May 13, 2015, the film's release date was pushed up from November 13, 2015, to October 23, 2015.[15]


Box office

The film opened on October 23, 2015 alongside The Last Witch Hunter, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, and Jem and the Holograms, as well as the expanded release of Steve Jobs. In its opening weekend, the film was originally projected to gross $6 million from 2,012 theaters, however after only grossing $75,000 during its Thursday preview screenings ($60 per theater), projections were lowered to $4 million.[16] The film grossed just $529,000 on its first day, and opening weekend projections were again lowered to $1.6 million. In its opening weekend, the film grossed $1.5 million, finishing 13th at the box office.[17]

According to Box Office Mojo, the film had the fifth-worst opening off all-time for a film playing in 2,000+ theaters, grossing an average $731 per venue (fellow opener Jem and the Holograms had an even worse $570 average).[18]

Critical response

Rock the Kasbah was critically panned by critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 7%, based on 82 reviews, with an average rating of 3.6/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "The Shareef don't like Rock the Kasbah, and neither will viewers hoping for a film that manages to make effective use of Bill Murray's knack for playing lovably anarchic losers."[19] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 29 out of 100, based on 32 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[20] On CinemaScore, audiences gave the film an average grade of "B–" on an A+ to F scale.[17]


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