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Stop-Loss (2008)

 -  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.

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

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$10,911,750 (USA) (13 June 2008)
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt dislocated his right shoulder while filming boxing with mats wrapped around his arms. The shoot stopped for two weeks during which the writers worked on the script. See more »

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Despite a subsequent scene showing President George W. Bush's presidential photo, when King escapes from the MPs and steals their army jeep, the inspection sticker reads 1997. President Bush took office in 2001. See more »

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Brandon King: With the shortage of guys and no draft, they're shipping back soldiers who's supposed to be gettin' out.
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A "Deer Hunter" for the Iraq War
27 March 2008 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

Just saw this film in an advance screening and once the tension and threat (very real) of the opening battle scenes were borne and past, the film grew on me, as the story became one of the soldiers at home: their war aftermath and their war that just won't quit or let them go.

It occurred to me at one point this was quite like watching a "Deer Hunter" for the Iraq war. There were certainly similar aspects, including aspects of the soldiers' relationships with each other and with others at home, and in terms of the casualties and injuries that continue to pile up well after leaving the battlefield.

Stop Loss is perhaps a more political film than the "Deer Hunter" was, because of the timing of its release, while the issues of the war in the film are still very much on the boil in the USA. I think it intends to position itself in a relevant and timely place, and time will tell whether it has staying power as a lasting and powerful war or antiwar film.

There is enough humanity, good drama and strong acting in this picture that it may deserve a place in the lineup of memorable or important American war films.


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