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Raci Sasmaz (screenplay)
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3 February 2006 (Syria) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Necati Sasmaz ... Polat Alemdar

Billy Zane ... Sam William Marshall

Ghassan Massoud ... Abdurrahman Halis Karuki (sheikh)

Gürkan Uygun ... Memati Bas

Bergüzar Korel ... Leyla

Kenan Çoban ... Abdülhey Çoban
Erhan Ufak ... Erhan Ufak

Diego Serrano ... Dante, Sam's assistant

Gary Busey ... Doctor

Spencer Garrett ... George Baltimore, journalist

Tito Ortiz ... American Major Commander 2
Nusret Senay ... Turkish Commander
Tayfun Eraslan ... SÜLEYMAN ASLAN
Ismet Hürmüzlü ... Abu Tarik, arab leader

Jay Abdo ... KURDISH LEADER (as Jihad Abdou)
Yavuz Imsel ... HASAN, turkman leader
Mauro Martino ... Mr. Fender - hotel owner
Egemen Yavuz ... Ali
Umut Ugur ... American Major Commander
Ziver Çiftçi ... GROOM
Caner Kurtaran ... EBU ALI
Songul Topal ... Nurse
Turgut Bagir ... Barber
Muhammet Ali Tuncer ... EL KAIDE
Hüseyin Aksen ... GROOM'S FATHER
Gökhan Simsek ... IRAQI TRANSLATOR
Burhan Duran ... PESHMERGA
Tolga Tuncer ... American Lieutenant 1
Ferdi Alver ... American Sergeant 1
Osman Sonant ... American Sergeant 2
Murat Özben ... YOUNG TURKMAN
Serhan Ernak ... Bomb Destruction 1
Atwani Larbi ... American LIEUTENANT 2
Asli Firtina ... Ali's Mother
Esra Özpinar ... Bridesmaid 1
Mine Erkmen ... Bridesmaid 2
Muhittin Kayaoglu ... KURDISH UNCLE
Pinar Akin ... Bridesmaid 3
Firat Cem Kantarci ... SAM ADAM
Serdar Bilal
Turgut Keles
Kartal Karakus
Burak Kalkavan
Baris Sariuçak
Erkal Ozagi
Abdurrahman Öztürk
Önder Yilmaz
Firat Kaan Yurdakul
Önder Özcan
Ebru Basman ... NURSE
Serkan Çetinkaya ... Peshmerga
Burak Zereyalp ... PESHMERGA
Ferit Ulas ... PESHMERGA
Bertan Dobada ... RABBI
Kemal Özdemir ... Arabian leader assant
Gözde Özküçük ... TEACHER
Atilla Özat ... STEWARD
Perihan Özat ... GROOM'S MOTHER
Atilla Mahmut Oyucu ... Abu Gareeb Jail
Ömer Oyucu ... PRISON
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mehmet Canbeg ... Asker
Oguzhan Kocakli ... Koruma
Mert Kültür ... Asker

Directed by
Serdar Akar 
Sadullah Sentürk (co-director)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ömer Lütfi Mete  scenario supervisor
Raci Sasmaz  screenplay
Soner Yalçin  concept creator (as Soner Yalcin)
Bahadir Özdener  screenplay

Produced by
Mehmet Canpolat .... associate producer
Mehmet Canpolat .... co-producer
Hasan Kaçan .... associate producer
Raci Sasmaz .... producer
Zübeyr Sasmaz .... executive producer
Original Music by
Gökhan Kirdar 
Cinematography by
Selahattin Sancakli (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Kemalettin Osmanli 
Casting by
Erdem Ergüney 
Kerem Firtina 
Art Direction by
Yavuz Fazlioglu 
Set Decoration by
Turker Isci 
Makeup Department
Lynda Armstrong .... chief hair designer
Lynda Armstrong .... chief makeup designer
Amy Byrne .... hair stylist
Amy Byrne .... makeup artist
Production Management
Saadettin Namoglu .... unit production manager
Sadettin Namoglu .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Erhan Tursun .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Enis Danabas .... boom operator
Stephan Liepe .... foley mixer
Alan O'Duffy .... sound
Hans Schumann .... sound designer
Hans Schumann .... supervising sound editor
Umut Senyol .... sound editor
Arne Wallbrecher .... sound designer
Special Effects by
Ömer Boduroglu .... special effects supervisor
Dave Bonneywell .... special effects makeup
Kevin Draycott .... special effects foreman
Mark Meddings .... special effects supervisor
Murat Sengül .... special effects supervisor
Murat Sengül .... special effects technician
Janek Zabielski .... special effects technician (2005)
Visual Effects by
Omer Serif Bilsel .... visual effects assistant: IMAJ Istanbul
Duygu Gün .... compositor: IMAJ Istanbul
Tijen Pal .... compositor: IMAJ Istanbul
Barbaros Türkyilmaz .... technical support
Sinan Vural .... visual effects supervisor: IMAJ Istanbul
Ömer Boduroglu .... stunt coordinator
Jiri Horky .... stunts
Dusan Hyska .... stunt coordinator
Marek Jelinek .... stunts
Garrik Palumbo .... stunts
Jan Petrina .... stunt double: Billy Zane
Camera and Electrical Department
Fuat Cetinkaya .... lighting technician
Aydogan Yildiz .... camera operator
Ercan Yilmaz .... steadicam operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Bertan Dobada .... casting assistant
Baris Özat .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dilek Ince .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Emrah Canoglu .... post-production assistant
Aziz Imamoglu .... assistant editor
Eric M. Klein .... post-production manager
Other crew
Cihan Aksoylu .... assistant: Diego Serrano/Billy Zane
Timothy C. Burns .... combined continuity script

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Kurtlar Vadisi: Irak" - Turkey (original title)
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122 min
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Did You Know?

This film was the the subject of heated discussions in Germany. Originally it was rated "Not under 18" by the FSK, but distributor Maxximum appealed this decision which resulted in a "Not under 16" rating. Then the film became a success, especially amongst turkish teenagers. The success resulted in massive media coverage. This in turn resulted in broad discussions from politicians (especially from the Bavarian conservative CSU party), youth organisations etc. about the films "Anti-American statements" and their influence on youngsters. After another appeal (from the minister for family and integration from Northrhine Westphalia) the FSK raised the rating back to the original "Not under 18".See more »
Factual errors: American soldiers, presumably infantry of the 173rd Airborne, are shown carrying the full-size M16 assault rifle, when in fact most Army infantry carry the M4A1 carbine.See more »
Movie Connections:
Follows "Kurtlar Vadisi" (2003)See more »


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100 out of 167 people found the following review useful.
The other side of the medal, 23 February 2006
Author: rawkidd from Switzerland

As mentioned before here somewhere, there is a true hysteria on going in Europe about this movie, which i don't understand at all. Why is it, that people get up now and denunciate the content. What is wrong with them guys ? I mean Hollywood produced Bullsh.. for years, and told so called "true" stories one-sided and no one ever said a word about their manipulative policy. Russians have been showed bad and evil for years, then the Japanese, then the Arabian world and it always was OK. Who says, the good guys are always American ? Who says justice is being made by stars'n'stripes ? Once Oliver Stone dragged a whole country and its people in the mud and every consumer thought, ooohhh yeah, so this is what Turkey is about. And when the Turks complained about that movie, Hollywood's answer was: Hey, it's just a movie. Don't take serious. Exact the same thing word, is what I'm saying now: Hey, it's only Showbiz !!! But back to the movie.

Valley of Wolves sure has some lacks in professionalism but what has to be said: the movie is thrilling. Besides the American actors, which are chosen very well, the Turkish ones have some work to do to take place in the higher class. But of course, there are also very touching moments, like the Hospital visit from the main character. The special and action effects are not bad but are too limited in its volume to be really spectacle.

I think it is a solid action movie and for once told from the other side than the usual "hero saves the world" stuff.


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