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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 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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$2,181 (USA) (11 May 2008)

Gross:

$7,098 (USA) (18 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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None of the U.S. Marines in the film are wearing any name-tapes on their camouflage uniforms, which is required for all USMC personnel. See more »

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References Dai si gin (2004) See more »

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amazing, powerful movie
16 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

People who live in denial and believe in the fairy tale of US troops bringing "freedom" to backward Iraqis will hate this movie. But what makes this movie particularly valuable, moving, and powerful is that it humanizes all the participants in the war: US troops, insurgents, and civilians caught up in the crossfire. The director made a genuine effort to show the horrors of war without presenting a simplistic black vs. white, "us" vs "them", opposition. All the protagonists are ordinary people, people who may do horrible things, but people in the end. The insurgents who planted the IED feel remorse at what hey did, and the Marines who killed civilians are also haunted by what they did. And both are ultimately manipulated by their superiors, who really don't care about the suffering on the ground. And the message of the movie is also clear: the root of all this horror is an invasion that should not have happened in the first place.


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