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

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$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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All of the U.S. Marines are wearing PASGT helmets, although in the time period that the movie takes place in (late 2005), the PASGT helmet had largely been replaced by the LWH helmet for front-line USMC personnel. See more »

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Powerful & Provocative Film
12 November 2007 | by (Maida Vale, UK) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at it's London premiere at the Odeon West End as part of the London Film Festival.

I guess Nick Broomfield was getting sick & tired of seeing Michael Moore ripping off his Documentary style so made this his Second feature film in as many years. Like the earlier film, Ghosts (www.imdb.com/title/tt0872202/), the Battle for Haditha is based on fact.

The film tells story of the events of November 19, 2005, when a troop of US Marines exact revenge for an earlier attack which killed one of their number in the Iraqi town of Haditha.

The Film focuses on three different viewpoints, the first of Iraqi insurgents, which in this case isn't some mad Mullah but an old man, who we learn is an ex-Army officer and his son. The second focuses on a Corporal Ruiz, a young Marine who you feel wants to be anywhere but Iraqi and the finally the film focuses on a young Iraqi couple and their extended family.

The film is shot Cinéma-vérité style and at times is very harrowing. But it's to Broomfields credit that he to my mind he doesn't simply demonize the US soldiers. Instead you get to understand how young men put in a situation that you the viewer couldn't understand let alone cope with, could just lose it after a comrade is killed. Likewise, in the films portrayal of the insurgent fighters Broomfield manages to make you think what would you do, if, as in the film, your a professional soldier made jobless by a an Occupying force. How do you feed your family, and wouldn't you feel some resentment to the occupation forces for making you jobless. But it's in the Iraqi families, caught between the US forces and the Insurgents that the film is at it's best. They can't do the right thing for doing wrong. It is they who bear the brunt of either Insurgency retaliation or US Forces heavy-handedness. They who ultimately will and are the losers in Film.

This is a powerful film which deals with all aspects of the problem fair mindedly, but doesn't shy away from the truth. Don't let those who haven't watched the film put you off seeing the best portrayal of the War on Terror to date.

Black Narcissus

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