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Battle for Haditha (2007)

R | | Drama, History, War | 7 May 2008 (USA)
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
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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
Majd Hijjawi ...
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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Rated R for war violence, disturbing images, and for pervasive language | See all certifications »

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7 May 2008 (USA)  »

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A Batalha por Haditha  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,181, 11 May 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,098, 18 May 2008
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Trivia

The film was shot entirely on location in Jerash, Jordan, utilizing Iraqi refugees and actual US Military personnel as extras and actors. See more »

Goofs

Some of the U.S. Marines in the film are seen with Colt Model 727 carbines, although that weapon had long been fully replaced by the M4A1 by the time the film took place (late 2005). See more »

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References Dai si gin (2004) See more »

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Very skillful exploration of the Iraq war
11 August 2009 | by See all my reviews

I just saw this movie and found it very moving. I have spent some time with Iraq veterans and I feel this movie did a very accurate job portraying what they went through.

I think it's important to point out that 12 of the actors, including Ruiz, who plays Corporal Ramirez, are themselves Iraq veterans. Here are some quotes from Ramirez: "I was 17 when I was sent to Iraq, during the initial invasion. We pushed all the way up to Tikrit and I ended up being wounded, I almost lost my life. It's crazy, people don't know the type of things that we go through. That's what I like about the film, it shows that." The concept of taking Iraq refugees and ex-marines to make a movie with no script is brilliant. I felt the improvisation from these actors was likely better and more realistic than anything professional actors could have pulled off. I was also impressed with the production values, especially since no US funds were available for a fair and honest portrayal of such events.


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