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Battle for Haditha (2007)

 -  Drama | History | War  -  7 May 2008 (USA)
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An investigation of the massacre of 24 men, women and children in Haditha, Iraq allegedly shot by 4 U.S. Marines in retaliation for the death of a U.S. Marine killed by a roadside bomb. The movie follows the story of the Marines of Kilo Company, an Iraqi family, and the insurgents who plant the roadside bomb.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Knoll ...
Cpl. Matthews (as Matthew R. Knoll)
Elliot Ruiz ...
Cpl. Ramirez
Eric Mehalacopoulos ...
Sgt. Ross
Nathan De La Cruz ...
Cpl. Marcus
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Capt. Sampson
Jase Willette ...
Pfc. Cuthbert
Thomas Hennessy ...
Doc (as Thomas Hennessy Jr.)
Tony Spencer ...
Pfc. Roberts
Vernon Gaines ...
Lance Corporal Sosa
Antonio Tostado ...
Lance Corporal Jimenez
Ali Adil Disher ...
Iraqi Translator (as Ali Adil Aj-kaa)
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Hiba
Siham Rashid ...
Asma
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Woman shot in street
Falah Abraheem Flayeh ...
Ahmad (as Falah Flayeh)
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In November 2005, US Marines fell into an ambush by Iraqi insurgents and one officer got killed. The reprisals by the the Americans were frightening, resulting in the massacre of 24 people, many of whom women and children. "Battle for Haditha" is the faithful account of this tragic event which scandalized the world. Written by Guy Bellinger

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$2,181 (USA) (9 May 2008)

Gross:

$7,098 (USA) (16 May 2008)
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The film was shot in an unconventional way whereas instead of a detailed script, there was only an outline of each scene and where the story was going. Actors would then improvise much of the dialogue based on director Nick Broomfield's instructions. See more »

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When they raid the second house, the scene is shot from under a bed. A grenade is rolled into a room and the soldiers leave. When they return they start shooting. The shells that hit the ground are still loaded, not spent shells. See more »

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Made me cry.
21 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

Made me cry.

Only issues I noticed are: That the translation of the spoken Arabic is sometimes misleading and has no relation with what they actually said.

Some of the actors' accents are not Iraqi (Palestian, Egyptian, and others...), but most are Iraqis.

It's still a great movie that shows what happens in Iraq, and that war is ugly.

It's one of the rare movies that show the issue from the other side.

The acting is great, so is the scenery (it does look a lot like Iraq).

I say it again, it made me cry, a lot.


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could this really be an accurate depiction of how usa behaves? landaishan
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