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Home of the Brave -- From Academy Award-winner Irwin Winkler comes Home of the Brave, the story of four American soldiers nearing the end of their tours of duty in Iraq. Shortly after learning their unit will soon return home, they are sent on one final humanitarian mission to bring medical supplies to a remote Iraqi village.


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Samuel L. Jackson ... Will Marsh

Jessica Biel ... Vanessa Price

Brian Presley ... Tommy Yates

50 Cent ... Jamal Aiken (as Curtis Jackson)

Christina Ricci ... Sarah Schivino

Chad Michael Murray ... Jordan Owens

Victoria Rowell ... Penelope Marsh

Jeffrey Nordling ... Cary (as Jeff Nordling)

Vyto Ruginis ... Hank Yates

Sam Jones III ... Billy Marsh

James MacDonald ... Ray

Sandra Nelson ... V.A. Hospital Doctor

Jack Serino ... Pvt. Shar

Brendan Wayne ... Spc. Pendilla
Mohamed Zinathlah ... Amad Kamal
Richard De Mayo ... Sgt. Larkin
Kiara Johnson ... Dede Marsh
H.W. Tony Anthony ... Carl Marsh

Kelly B. Eviston ... Jane Pooks (as Kelly Eviston)
James M. Tilley ... Rick Pooks (as James Tilley)
Jenna Williams ... Jeannie Winstead
Darrick Wilkens ... David Winstead
Joyce M. Cameron ... Grace Owens

Suzanne Niles ... Betsy Yates
Venus Delcambrie ... Rehabilitation Nurse
Jordan Santiago ... Oliver Price
Anne Selcoe ... Alice Price
Cecil Ellsworth ... Vice Principal Thompson
Kirisha Marshall ... Lena
Ron Ford ... Zander
Ginger Ewing ... Keisha
Dennis Patchin ... Male News Anchor
Jennah Anderson ... Scared Driver
Jennifer Stott Madsen ... Jeanette
Jessy James Todd ... Young Vet
Jerry Sciarrio ... Joe Peters
Juventino Aranda ... Hispanic Vet
Wes Deitrick ... Vietnam Vet
Kate Vander Wende ... Nurse #1 (as Kate Vita)
Margo Winkler ... Waiting Room Mother
Maya Winkler ... Waiting Room Girl
Miranda Cowan ... Fight Girl
Jhon Goodwin ... Police Officer (as John Goodwin)
Nike Imoru ... Dr. Barbara Jaric

Tannis Benedict ... Army Nurse

Thad Luckinbill ... Soldier #1

Mark Parrish ... Soldier #2

Mort Zuckerman ... Wounded Soldier
Kathleen Friery ... Wounded Soldier
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Joe Cappelletti ... (voice) (uncredited)

Kent Kimball ... Close Friend (uncredited)

Ryan Sanson ... Student (uncredited)
Lonny W. Waddle ... Corporal Campbell (uncredited)
Jared Wagner ... Theater Customer (uncredited)

Directed by
Irwin Winkler 
Writing credits
Mark Friedman (screenplay)

Mark Friedman (story) &
Irwin Winkler (story)

Produced by
Zakaria Alaoui .... service producer: Morocco
Rob Cowan .... producer
Boaz Davidson .... executive producer
Danny Dimbort .... executive producer
Randall Emmett .... producer
Michael P. Flannigan .... executive producer
Brian E. Frankish .... line producer (as Brian Frankish)
George Furla .... producer
Avi Lerner .... producer
Julie Milstead .... associate producer
Mercy Santos .... co-executive producer
Trevor Short .... executive producer
John Thompson .... executive producer
Charles Winkler .... associate producer
Irwin Winkler .... producer
Original Music by
Stephen Endelman 
Cinematography by
Tony Pierce-Roberts (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Clayton Halsey 
Casting by
Sarah Finn 
Randi Hiller 
Gretchen Oyster 
Production Design by
Warren Alan Young 
Art Direction by
Vincent DeFelice 
Set Decoration by
Julieann Getman 
Costume Design by
Karyn Wagner 
Makeup Department
Khalid Alami .... makeup artist
Allan A. Apone .... makeup artist: Mr. Jackson, Spokane (as Alan Apone)
Zineb Bendoula .... hair stylist
Zhor Bennani .... assistant makeup artist
Janet Carpenter .... additional key hair stylist: Spokane
Dean Jones .... key makeup artist (as Dean Carl Jones)
Trista Jordan .... key makeup artist: Spokane
Nancy Martinez-Morrison .... hair stylist: Ms. Rowell, Spokane (as Nancy Morrison)
Mike Meyers .... key hair stylist: Spokane
Michael Moore .... key hair stylist
Robert L. Stevenson .... hair stylist: Mr. Jackson, Spokane (as Robert Louis Stevenson)
Taci Van Leuven .... assistant hair stylist: Spokane
Taci Van Leuven .... assistant makeup artist: Spokane
Andrea Whitten .... makeup assistant: Spokane
Egle Zakareviciute .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Khadija Alami .... production manager
Brian E. Frankish .... unit production manager
Ian Kennedy .... post-production supervisor
Jordan Kessler .... post-production supervisor
Susannah Lowber .... production supervisor
Oren Senderman .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tarik Ait Ben Ali .... second second assistant director
Salah Benchegra .... assistant director
William M. Elvin .... first assistant director
Yann Mari Faget .... key second assistant director
Jeani Harris-Olivieri .... second assistant director (as Jeani Harris)
Ahmed Hatimi .... first assistant director
Joe May .... second second assistant director
Toby Roberts .... second assistant director
Shea Vargé .... second second assistant director (as Shea Varge)
Charles Winkler .... second unit director
Art Department
Abdellah Baadil .... assistant art director
Dan Beyer .... assistant property master
Craig Binkley .... property master: USA
Jennifer Chien .... art department assistant
Brady J. Condit .... set dresser
John McElroy .... props
Aziz Mhand .... props
Pete Moroz .... art department assistant
Dennis J. Parrish .... property master: Morocco
Jamie Powell .... construction manager
Rachid Quiat .... assistant art director
Amin Rharda .... props buyer
Joseph Yuss Simon .... storyboard artist
Amanda Steen .... on-set dresser
Pete Stroud .... set painter
Jana Treadwell .... leadwoman
Alex Vinnitski .... product placement (as Alexander Vinnitski)
Matt Wahl .... set dresser
Ian Zawadzki .... head painter
Sound Department
Jo Caron .... adr foley recordist (as Jocelyn Caron)
Chris Clifford .... sound utility
Guy Francoeur .... foley artist
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
David Grant .... dialogue editor
George Haddad .... adr supervisor
Richard Lightstone .... sound mixer
John Matter .... assistant sound editor
John Ross .... sound re-recording mixer
John Ross .... supervising sound editor
Tom Taylor .... boom operator
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Pierre Tucat .... boom operator: Morocco Unit
Mathew Waters .... sound editor
Mathew Waters .... sound re-recording mixer
Matthew Woolley .... foley editor
Nourdine Zaoui .... assistant sound
Special Effects by
Matt Kutcher .... special effects supervisor
Hanin Ouidder .... special effects technician
Jennifer M. Sheppard .... special effects project coordinator
Visual Effects by
Angelina Borisowa .... visual effect assistant editor
Scott Coulter .... visual effects producer
Barbara Domuschieva .... digital tracking
Dobromir Hristov .... digital compositor
Peter Keranov .... lead visual effects artist
Dimitar Kovachev .... technical support staff
Desislava Lazarova .... assistant visual effects editor
Jordan Markov .... visual effects editor
Nikolay Pachov .... visual effects assistant editor
Milena Peneva .... visual effects coordinator
Shero Rauf .... digital effects artist
Nikola Simeonov .... digital lead artist
Stefan Tchakarov .... visual effects production supervisor
Alexander Valev .... visual effects supervisor
Vladimir Zdravkov .... visual effects technical support
Joseph Beddelem .... stunt double
Joseph Beddelem .... stunts
Jerry L. Buxbaum .... stunt driver
Philippe Losson .... stunts
Cedric Proust .... stunt coordinator
Florian Robin .... stunt performer
Mustapha Touki .... stunts
Rob Filson .... precision driving (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
El Mokhtar Aboukal .... video assist playback operator
Abderrahim Bissar .... best boy electric
Doug Bundy .... rigging key grip
Mark Catania .... "a" dolly grip
Brianne Cronkhite .... additional second assistant camera
Tim Cunningham .... rigging best boy
Joe di Gennaro .... camera operator: "b" camera, Morocco
Adil Doukkali .... assistant camera: Morocco
Tim Eberly .... still photographer
Marc Ehrenbold .... first assistant camera
Akram Elkouzouz .... still photographer assistant
Peter N. Green .... key first assistant camera
Brad Heiner .... key grip
Nate Heyer .... rigging electrician
Mounir Houda .... assistant camera: Morocco
Stephen MacDougall .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Vincent Mata .... assistant camera
Matthew May .... best boy electric
Dan Ming .... assistant camera
Dan Misner .... best boy grip
Rachid Mssiaidi .... grip
Justin O'Shaughnessy .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Michelle Opseth .... assistant camera
Noah Peter .... grip
Darren Quinn .... key grip
George Richmond .... camera operator: "a" camera, Morocco
Andy Rowse .... grip
Khalil Said .... assistant camera: Morocco
Steven Douglas Smith .... camera operator: "c" camera, Morocco (as S. Douglas Smith)
Steven Douglas Smith .... director of photography: second unit (as S. Douglas Smith)
David Stump .... collaborating director of photography
Mike Vukas .... gaffer
Ben Watkins .... grip and electrical equipment supplier
James WilderHancock .... dolly grip (as James 'Junior' WilderHancock)
William Rick Young .... grip
Jozo Zovko .... assistant camera (as Joe Zovko)
Casting Department
Tamara Hunter .... casting associate
Taylor Jenkins .... casting assistant
Gretchen Oyster .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carrie Arington .... set costumer
Luwanna Arington .... wardrobe assistant
Lori Ayala-Read .... assistant costume designer
Alayna Caryl .... set costumer
Lisa Caryl-Vukas .... wardrobe supervisor (as Lisa Caryl)
Rebecca Cook .... set costumer
Askia Won-Ling Jacob .... dresser: Mr. Jackson, Spokane (as Askia Jacob)
Otmane Khammari .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Jason Barnoski .... assistant editor
Jon Dudkowski .... assistant editor
Joshua Gollish .... digital image technician
Candice Levy .... post-production assistant
Jason McKee .... assistant editor (as Jason Mckee)
Gene Mendoza .... color timer
Jack Paulson .... assistant editor
Jason A. Payne .... assistant editor
Christian Prejza .... digital intermediate producer
Jeff Smithwick .... digital film colorist
Location Management
Youssef Abagourram .... assistant location manager
Elhoussaine Baouzine .... assistant location manager
Mohamed Benhmamane .... location manager
Amber Grunte .... location manager
Faical Hajji .... location assistant
Emet Ward .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Selena Arizanovic .... music coordinator
Stephen Endelman .... conductor
Stephen Endelman .... orchestrator
Christopher Kennedy .... music editor
Chris Tedesco .... music engineer
Chris Tedesco .... musician: trumpet
Ashley Waldron .... executive soundtrack producer (as Ashley Miller)
Ashley Waldron .... music supervisor (as Ashley Miller)
Transportation Department
Khalid Ameskane .... transportation captain
Ali Bakkioui .... transportation coordinator
DTeflon .... driver: 50 Cent
Steve Evans .... driver
Bart Heimburger .... transportation coordinator: United States
Carla Klein .... driver
Philip Krysl .... driver
John Petty .... transportation
Eric Solmonson .... transportation captain
Rick Wiley .... driver: camera car
Other crew
Nese Akin .... script supervisor: Morocco
Craig Antioco .... epk director
Dan Barentine .... assistant to chad michael murray
Bouchra Bentayeb .... assistant production coordinator
Christopher Michael Casey .... assistant: Mr. Emmett (as Chris Casey)
Rachel Cates .... assistant production coordinator
Bob Clifford .... assistant: image control engineer/ camera pa
Rich Cowan .... production executive
Carla DiBello .... assistant: Mr. Lerner
Thomas Dineen .... key set production assistant
Reed Dinero .... assistant: Mr. Jackson
Mehdi Elkhaoudy .... production assistant
Rick Eyler .... director of business and legal affairs
Claude Forest .... insurance broker
Jeffrey Giles .... international distribution
Joshua Gollish .... image control engineer
Selina Gomeau .... assistant: Mr. Winkler
Mustapha Grumij .... assistant accountant
Kris Hafso .... production intern
Yasmine Hanani .... adr loop group
Brad Harland .... production accountant
Travis Huntington .... production assistant
Alex Klaue .... production secretary
Ashley Kravitz .... script clearance
Alan J. Lam .... production controller
Lisa McNeil .... script supervisor
Maya Morgan .... production intern
Redouane Nasserdine .... assistant: Mr. Jackson, Morocco (as Ridouane Nassreddine)
Ben Nedivi .... assistant: Mr. Davidson
Patrick O'Driscoll .... military advisor
Rouslan Ovtcharoff .... production associate
Dina Oxenberg .... assistant: Mr. Furla
George Palmer .... digital imaging engineer: Morocco
George Palmer .... image control engineer: Morocco
Wilson Peery .... production assistant
Frederic Perrin .... caterer
Sam Prudhomme .... assistant talent flow coordinator
Lonnie Ramati .... production business affairs
Travis Rehwaldt .... production assistant
Mary C. Rolfes .... production coordinator
Cyrus Ruiz .... development assistant
Widad Taha .... production coordinator
Didi Tokova .... first assistant accountant
M. Dal Walton III .... production executive: Emmett Furla Films
Jody Alex Zellman .... production intern
Warner Loughlin .... acting coach (uncredited)
Travis Pell .... production intern (uncredited)

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Rated R for war violence and language
106 min
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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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18 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Home of the Brave Movie Review from, 22 October 2007
Author: GoneWithTheTwins from

Varied messages and skewed perspectives abound in this calamity of Iraqi war aftermath victims. Home of the Brave has good intentions and controversial subject matter, but it doesn't translate into an entertaining bit of cinema. Actors such as Samuel L. Jackson who usually churn out admirable performances are left with nothing to work with due to an obnoxious script and meager supporting characters; asinine dialogue carelessly peppers this defenseless cinematic convoy.

Home of the Brave revolves around four soldiers who return home after a lengthy tour in Iraq. Will Marsh (Samuel L. Jackson) is a medical captain who is haunted by the lost lives he could not save. Vanessa Price (Jessica Biel) is a military cargo driver who loses her hand in a roadside explosion, and must readjust her life around her scathing injury. Tommy Yates (Brian Presley) is a specialist who deals with the torment of watching his childhood friend die in his arms from an Iraqi insurgent, and Jamal Aiken (Curtis Jackson) must cope with the accidental shooting of an Iraqi woman during the firefight that ensues after their convoy is ambushed. All four soldiers crumble under the hardships of adjusting to their old lifestyles and the dour impact the war has caused.

Back in 1946 a little film called The Best Years of Our Lives garnered eight Academy Award nominations and seven wins, including Best Picture and Best Director. Its premise was heartwarming, the acting superb, and the tearjerker moments abundant. War torn veterans return home to discover a changed world that was unsympathetic and ignorant of the atrocities that took place during World War II. Home of the Brave is essentially a remake of that film, replacing WWII with the current Iraqi war. The exception of course, is that Home of the Brave fails to generate even the mildest drama and human emotion evoked from the 1946 classic.

The film begins with predictable action reminiscent of the least impressive scenes from Black Hawk Down. Explosions and gunfire rattle the crumbling walls of the Iraqi city. But poor timing and ill-contrived slow motion shots clutter the already bland action. On top of that, the acting is abhorrent. While Samuel L. Jackson and Brian Presley make a decent attempt, they simply don't have much to work with. Curtis Jackson is horribly miscast; his character is pointless, nonsensical and nearly unintelligible. Biel also hands in an uninspiring role with ludicrous dialogue. Her rubbery hand prosthetics are continuously used in unintentionally hilarious scenes with laughable quips which further mock her handicap and the seriousness of losing limbs. Understanding and connection with the characters is never established and therefore the audience is left questioning how they should feel about the situations depicted.

The major political themes in the film are also ambiguous and conflicting at times. Marsh defends his son's anti-war mindset even though he willingly participated and supported the war. Nearly the entire film shows the negative aspects of war and the uncompromising and depressing inner conflicts each character suffers with. And yet at the conclusion the mood abruptly circles toward support of the war and those who can no longer live without the pressing sense of camaraderie. Yates is so distraught and uncomfortable in adapting himself into his previous lifestyle that his only choice is to go back to the harsh conflicts in Iraq where he understands the soldiers and their need to fight for what they believe in. Why push the negative outlook, only to resolve with Yates' unexplainable drive to reenlist? Is the film defending the war or criticizing it? Apparently it doesn't know.

While veterans and those familiar with the crippling aspects of combat may relate to the characters or situations, unfortunately, like the families of soldiers who stay behind and maintain their normal lives, general audiences won't find anything fulfilling or noteworthy about this movie. The pilfered plot from a far superior film, the absurd dialogue and the mediocre acting all contribute to a generic war film that will certainly be passed up as soon as its one week theatrical run deceases.

- Mike Massie

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