Stop-Loss (2008)

R  |   |  Drama, War  |  28 March 2008 (USA)
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A veteran soldier returns from his completed tour of duty in Iraq, only to find his life turned upside down when he is arbitrarily ordered to return to field duty by the Army.



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Decorated Iraq war hero Sgt. Brandon King makes a celebrated return to his small Texas hometown following his tour of duty. He tries to resume the life he left behind. Then, against Brandon's will, the Army orders him back to duty in Iraq, which upends his world. The conflict tests everything he believes in: the bond of family, the loyalty of friendship, the limits of love and the value of honor. Written by Paramount Pictures

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The bravest place to stand is by each other's side.


Drama | War

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Rated R for graphic violence and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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28 March 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Kimberly Peirce Project  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,555,117 (USA) (28 March 2008)


$10,911,750 (USA) (13 June 2008)

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When Michelle and King visit Rico at the Hospital Rico calls King sir and "Sarge" many times. King being a Staff Sergeant would not and cannot be called "sir" the title is reserved for officers only in the U.S. Army. He can only be called Sergeant, Staff Sergeant, and other variations of Sergeant. See more »


[from trailer]
Military Clerk: Brandon Leonard King?
Brandon King: Yes.
Military Clerk: You have orders to report to the First Brigade.
Brandon King: Not me, I'm gettin' out today.
Military Clerk: You leave on the 22nd, shipping back to Iraq. You've been Stop-Lossed.
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17 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

i thought that this was a very compelling movie.. lot's of good character development, ryan phillipe was great in this, he really knocked it out of the park with this one, he plays a staff seargeant who comes home a "hero" from Iraq, there is a parade , the whole town comes out , the senator is there and tells him anything you need son, come look me up. so him and his buddies spend a few days at home over the weekend catching up with their wives girlfriends,, and what not, things get rowdy and lot's of drinking happens, usual stuff. so on Monday morning our hero goes back to the office to get his official discharge papers,, well to his chagrin, he is sent back to iraq for another tour of duty, this little known "trick" in the military is in the fine print,, basically it says , the president can extened you're military term in time of war.. well in this particular case the war was already declared over years ago,, there you can see our hero's dilemma should he suck it up and go back or fight the system. he decides to fight the system going AWOL.. that's absent without leave.. first he tries canada then d.c. then Mexico.. and were not to the end yet. very compelling movie, it's grips you to the core, and makes you wanna get up and do something about getting our boys back in one piece from Iraq which we have no business being there in the first place.

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