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A Message from Fallujah (2005)

Daniel Crane is an American civilian engineer working to rebuild war torn Iraq who is kidnapped on his last day in Fallujah. Beaten and alone he is hostage caught up in the drama of war.



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Daniel Crane is an American civil engineer who, nearing the end of a three month stint trying to help rebuild war torn Iraq, is intoxicated by the exotic people and surrounds. On the morning of his last day in Fallujah he stays for "One more cup of habibi". This is all it takes for Daniel to find himself beaten and alone, a hostage in the drama of war. As hope of living fades, he is left with one last wish, to tell his wife how much he really loves her. Lance Henriksen delivers a heart wrenching performance as Daniel Crane, taking the viewer on a deeply personal journey of heartfelt desire. A Message From Fallujah puts aside the politics and rationalisation of war, to show that in the end, it doesn't matter in what name the violence is committed. For the dead, the homeless and the orphans, the effect is still the same. Written by Alan Robinson

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Release Date:

11 August 2005 (USA)  »

Box Office


AUD 150,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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17 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This powerful and memorable short film, made in Australia, is a very loose adaptation of a story by the American writer, Ambrose Bierce, entitled "An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge." An earlier adaptation of that story was produced in 1962 and went on to win an Oscar. Directed by Robert Enrico and entitled, "La riviere du hibou," many Americans were first introduced to that film when a slightly edited version was shown on The Twilight Zone, under its American title.

In the current version, actor and screenwriter Shane Briant does an elegant job modernizing Bierce's Civil War story, making it relevant, provocative, and as current as today. Lance Henriksen, who stars in the film, is superb. All production values are first rate. The film won "Best of The Fest" at the 2005 Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, which is where I saw it.

Highly recommended.

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