Crimson Gold
Crimson Gold (2004)

This film by Iranian director Jafar Panahi opens with a dramatic jewelry store robbery. After shooting the store owner, the robber, Hussein (Hossain Emadeddin), turns the gun on himself. The remainder of the film backtracks to trace the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 6, 2004
DVD Release Date: July 20, 2004
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A slow-burning, riveting film about Iranian class differences.

Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

I'm glad I saw Crimson Gold. Watching it is like getting a peek behind the curtain.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

It's every bit as outwardly unruffled as its hero, but inwardly it seethes with the very same gradually accumulated rage. A devastating and beautiful film.

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Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide

The film's sociopolitical themes are all the more powerful for being subtly expressed through a starkly realistic tale.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

Panahi's movie, unsurprisingly, has been outlawed in Iran. Nobody likes a prophet.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

A film both shocking and humane, as if Taxi Driver were somehow rewritten by Chekhov.

Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

An incisive portrait of one man's quiet rage at, and heartbreakingly violent response to, social inequality.

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Vic Vogler
Denver Post

The movie can feel slow and tedious, but the supper it makes us work for is nourishing.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

It's the singular presence of Hussein Emadeddin -- a nonprofessional like all the other actors Panahi has used in his films -- that gives the film much of its soul and mystery.

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Louis Proyect

Brutal class realities in contemporary Iran

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
Kiarostami is not behind the camera here but Jafar Panahi who was the recent subject of This is Not a Film delivers well here. I appreciate this more for the… More
Hassan Vawda
A real measured and poetic presentation of class and pride in Iranian society and in just human existence in itself. The film is about a pizza delivery man who… More