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Home of the Brave (2006)

Three soldiers struggle to readjust to life at home after returning home from a lengthy tour in Iraq.

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Storyline

The day after they get the word they'll go home in two weeks, a group of soldiers from Spokane are ambushed in an Iraqi city. Back stateside we follow four of them - a surgeon who saw too much, a teacher who's a single mom and who lost a hand in the ambush, an infantry man whose best friend died that day, and a soldier who keeps reliving the moment he killed a civilian woman. Each of the four has come home changed, each feels dislocation. Group therapy, V.A. services, halting gestures from family and colleagues, and regular flashbacks keep the war front and center in their minds. They're angry, touchy, and explosive: can a warrior find peace back home? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The Final Test of Courage is Coming Home See more »

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Action | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for war violence and language | See all certifications »

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1 March 2007 (Netherlands)  »

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A Volta dos Bravos  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$25,261 (USA) (11 May 2007)

Gross:

$40,830 (USA) (18 May 2007)
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Trivia

The same year, Samuel L. Jackson and Christina Ricci co-starred in Black Snake Moan (2006), which also starred Jessica Biel's husband Justin Timberlake. See more »

Goofs

When Vanessa is shutting her car door, her soccer ball keychain appears and disappears within the scene. See more »

Quotes

Penelope Marsh: Will, what happened over there?
Will Marsh: I don't really remember. You know. It's like a dream. Hazy dream.
Penelope Marsh: Then tell me. I wanna know.
Will Marsh: Do you? Wanna know what a blast wound looks like? What an OR in the desert smells like? What really happens to them? How they die? You really wanna know? You want us to come back like nothing ever happened. You don't want to get your hands dirty with the details.
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Thought provoking, gripping and touching
27 May 2007 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

This film is about how soldiers who served in Iraq face life back in their hometown.

The striking thing is that this film focuses on the emotional impact on the returning soldiers, and the people around them. The dialogs are raw, truthful and at times politically provocative. The portrayal of post traumatic stress disorder is subtle but palpable, and Jessica Biel's performance of a tough woman to hide her pains of losing her hand is astonishingly well acted.

I do not see this as an anti-war vehicle. Rather, it serves as a reminder of how wars affect the soldiers, and then make us think hard whether such a war was necessary in the first place. I am the most impressed by the filmmakers decision on making this movie, as the predominant climate in America is against them.


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