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10 October 2008 (Italy) See more »
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You'll know when you're in it. See more »
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During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won 6 Oscars. Another 117 wins & 86 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jeremy Renner ... Sergeant First Class William James

Anthony Mackie ... Sergeant JT Sanborn

Brian Geraghty ... Specialist Owen Eldridge

Guy Pearce ... Staff Sergeant Matt Thompson

Ralph Fiennes ... Contractor Team Leader

David Morse ... Colonel Reed

Evangeline Lilly ... Connie James

Christian Camargo ... Colonel John Cambridge
Suhail Aldabbach ... Black Suit Man (as Suhail Al-Dabbach)
Christopher Sayegh ... Beckham
Nabil Koni ... Professor Nabil

Sam Spruell ... Contractor Charlie

Sam Redford ... Contractor Jimmy
Feisal Sadoun ... Contractor Feisal
Barrie Rice ... Contractor Chris
Imad Dadudi ... Iraqi Police Captain at UN
Erin Gann ... Mortuary Affairs Officer
Justin Campbell ... Sergeant Carter

Malcolm Barrett ... Sergeant Foster

Kristoffer Ryan Winters ... Soldier at Intersection (as Kristoffer Winter)

J.J. Kandel ... Guard at Camp Liberty Market

Ryan Tramont ... Guard at Liberty Gate

Michael Desante ... Iraqi Translator
Hasan Darwish ... DVD Merchant
Wasfi Amour ... Insurgent in the Stairwell
Nibras Qassem ... Nabil's Wife
Ben Thomas ... US Army Medic
Nader Tarawneh ... Insurgent Sniper
Anas Wellman ... Soldier at UN (as Anas 'Tipsy' Wellman)
Omar Mario ... Butcher
Fleming Campbell ... Soldier at Airfield
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tommy Dallace ... U.S. Sniper (uncredited)
Jeffrey Feingold ... Soldier (uncredited)

Jerry Fortuna ... Soldier (uncredited)

David Gueriera ... First Sergeant (uncredited)
Joseph Martinus ... Soldier (uncredited)

Kate Mines ... Soldier (uncredited)
Yousef Shweihat ... Insurgent Sniper (uncredited)

Directed by
Kathryn Bigelow 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Mark Boal (written by)

Produced by
Kathryn Bigelow .... producer
Mark Boal .... producer
Nicolas Chartier .... producer
Jenn Lee .... associate producer
Tony Mark .... executive producer
Donall McCusker .... co-producer
Jack Schuster .... associate producer
Greg Shapiro .... producer
Kirk Shaw .... associate producer: Canada
 
Original Music by
Marco Beltrami 
Buck Sanders 
 
Cinematography by
Barry Ackroyd (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Chris Innis 
Bob Murawski 
 
Casting by
Mark Bennett 
 
Production Design by
Karl Júlíusson 
 
Art Direction by
David Bryan 
 
Set Decoration by
Amin Charif El Masri  (as Ameen Al-Masri)
 
Costume Design by
George L. Little  (as George Little)
 
Makeup Department
Yelka Gutierrez .... assistant hair designer
Yelka Gutierrez .... assistant makeup designer
Dana Hamel .... key makeup artist: Canada (as Dana Michelle Hamel)
Daniel Parker .... hair designer
Daniel Parker .... makeup designer
Robin Pritchard .... prosthetic makeup artist
Elizabeth Rapley .... assistant hair designer
Elizabeth Rapley .... assistant makeup designer
Janice Rhodes .... key hair stylist: Canada
Farah Jadaane .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
J. Gibson .... production supervisor
Karima Ladjimi .... production manager
Rob Lycar .... production manager
Tony Mark .... unit production manager
Jack Schuster .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ashley Bell .... third assistant director: Canada
Dale Bredeson .... trainee assistant director: Canada
Lee Cleary .... first assistant director: Canada
Michelle Fitzpatrick .... second assistant director: Canada
Nicolas Duchemin Harvard .... second assistant director (as Nick Harvard)
Yanal Kassay .... second assistant director (as Yanal Barakat)
David Ticotin .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Rime Al-Jabr .... assistant scenic painter (as Rime Al-Jaber)
Asad .... set dresser
David Inkster .... property master: Canada
Sana'a Jaber .... stand-by assistant art director
Paul Joyal .... production designer: Canada
Karim Kheir .... assistant property master
Marwan Kheir .... construction coordinator
Mike Malik .... property master
Ibrahim Nadeer .... assistant art director (as Nadeer Ibrahim)
Ibrahim Nadeer .... assistant art director
Ian Nothnagel .... set decorator: Canada
Gary Thomas .... storyboard artist
Spencer West .... on-set dresser: Canada
Zacharia .... set dresser
Samir Zaidan .... key scenic painter
Faris Ziyoud .... stand-by props
Nasser Zoubi .... stand-by property master
Ben Krakowsky .... assistant property master: Canada (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Ray Beckett .... sound mixer
Andrew Bonica .... adr recordist
Simon Bysshe .... boom operator
Richard C. Franklin .... sound effects editor (as Rick Franklin)
Jamie Hardt .... sound effects editor
Kimberly Harris .... dialogue editor
Ryan Juggler .... first assistant sound editor
Michael Kaz .... assistant sound editor
Paul N.J. Ottosson .... sound designer
Paul N.J. Ottosson .... sound re-recording mixer
John Sanacore .... foley editor
Craig Stauffer .... sound mixer: Canada
Robert Troy .... adr editor
Robert Troy .... dialogue editor
Alex Ullrich .... foley editor
Juniper Watters .... boom operator: Canada
Bernard Weiser .... sound effects editor
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Judah Getz .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Chris M. Jacobson .... sound effects pre-dub mixer (uncredited)
Jussi Tegelman .... dialogue pre-dub (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Helmi Anadeen .... special effects technician: Jordan
Blair Foord .... special effects foreman
Ernst Gschwind .... special effects foreman
Rafiq Kamhawi .... special effects purchaser
Colonel Kurdi .... IED advisor: Jordan (as Mohammad Al Kurdi)
Ernst Lanninger .... special effects technician (as Ernst Lanninjer)
Wolf Steiling .... special effects technician
Richard Stutsman .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
R. Edward Black .... visual effects artist
Michael Boggs .... scanning supervisor: Company 3
David Camarena .... I/O data manager
Michael Coronado .... digital dirt remover: Company 3
Changsoo Eun .... cg artist
Mitch Gates .... cgi supervisor
Tom Kendall .... visual effects producer
Dan Lopez .... cg artist
Kurt McKeever .... cg artist
Gavin Miljkovich .... visual effects artist
David Neuberger .... visual effects artist (as Dave Neuberger)
Alex Romano .... visual effects artist: Company 3
Stefan Sonnenfeld .... visual effects executive producer: Company 3
Doug Spilatro .... visual effects artist
Rodrigo Washington .... CG artist
Rodrigo Washington .... visual effects artist
Benjamin H. Bernard .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Bob Minshall .... visual effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Isaac Hamon .... stunt performer
Tony Marsh .... stunt performer (as Antonio Marsh)
Barrie Rice .... stunt co-coordinator
Robert Young .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dory Aoun .... high speed camera operator: Third Eye FX
Ed Araquel .... still photographer: Canada
Elie Beaino .... electrician
Husny Bkhaa .... grip
Andrew Capicik .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, Canada (as Andy Capicik)
Chady Chehade .... grip
Glenn Coulman .... second assistant camera
Geoff Dane .... best boy electric: Canada
Firas Dehous .... electrician (as Firas Dihous)
Issam Doury .... electrician
Oliver Driscoll .... first assistant camera
Hammada El Baka .... generator operator
Beisan Elias .... camera assistant
Robert Finnigan .... loader: Canada
Max Glickman .... second assistant camera: second unit
Kris Grunewald .... best boy grip: Canada
Abdel Salam Hajj .... camera production assistant: second unit
Dale H. Jahraus .... camera operator: "b" camera, Canada
Niels Reedtz Johansen .... director of photography: second unit
Russell Kennedy .... first assistant camera: second unit
Mher Keshishian .... key grip
Mouna Khaali .... second assistant camera
Melik Khazzoum .... electrician
Prince Khoury .... grip
David Lourie .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, Canada
Scott MacDonald .... camera operator: "a" camera
Elie Merhy .... best boy grip (as Elie Merhi)
Matthew Moffat .... gaffer
Bashir Mouawad .... electrician
Duraid Munajim .... camera operator
Tamir Naber .... camera assistant
Osama Namrouqa .... best boy electric
Zeid Nawafleh .... assistant video assist operator
Jonathan Olley .... still photographer
Jules Quesnel .... dolly grip: Canada
Imad Rechiche .... first assistant camera
Sami Sehweil .... video assist operator
Ali Shaheen .... assistant video assist operator
Newton Thomas Sigel .... director of photography: Canada (as Tom Sigel)
Bassel Slayebe .... electrician
Robin Smith .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, Canada
Jeremy Spofford .... second assistant camera: "a" camera, Canada
Jeremy Spofford .... second assistant camera: Vancouver
Jim Swanson .... gaffer: Canada
Ahmad Takari .... assistant video assist operator
Tom Taylor .... second assistant camera (as Thomas Taylor)
Dave Walker .... key grip: Canada (as Dave 'Bucket' Walker)
Russell Webber .... camera assistant
Stewart Whelan .... first assistant camera
Michael Wallbank .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Adel Akkad .... casting assisstant: Jordan
Lara Atalla .... casting: Jordan
Laura Toplass .... casting: Canada (as Laura Brooke Toplass)
George Naouri .... casting assisstant: Jordan (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Abed Al Fatah Rayan .... wardrobe assistant
Melissa Binder .... costume ager
Melissa Binder .... key textile artist/dyer
Phaedra Dahdaleh .... on-set costumer
Rick de Souza .... set costumer
Karma Hijjawi .... costume assistant
Karma Hijjawi .... costume buyer
Daniel J. Lester .... assistant costume designer (as Daniel Lester-Hanadi)
Mohamed Mahseeri .... wardrobe assistant
Moira Anne Meyer .... costume supervisor (as Moira Meyer)
Vicky Mulholland .... costume designer: Canada
Fadi Omeish .... on-set costumer
Sara Rakhshandeh .... set costume supervisor (as Sara Rakhshandef)
Cathy Darby .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Hanadi Khurma .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Kai Siperko .... costume truck supervisor (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
J. Cody Baker .... digital intermediate assistant (as James Cody Baker)
Gilbert Carreras .... color timer
Mike Chiado .... digital intermediate technologist
Jonathan Hoffman .... post production
Rupert Lloyd .... post production assistant
Bruce Lomet .... digital intermediate head of production: Company 3
Jerimiah Morey .... digital intermediate assistant (as Jeremiah Morey)
Stephen Nakamura .... digital film colorist: Company 3
Erik Rogers .... digital intermediate producer: Company 3
Alex Romano .... on-line editor
Stefan Sonnenfeld .... digital intermediate executive producer: Company 3
Nick Timms .... technical operator: Company 3
Ian Turpen .... digital intermediate scanner: Company 3
Sean Valla .... first assistant editor
Jamie Payne .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Nuala Sheridan .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Yorgos Adamis .... musician: voice and ethnic instruments
John Bissell .... music supervisor
Sarah Ferguson .... music coordinator
Endre Granat .... musician: violin
Karen Han .... soloist: erhu
John Kurlander .... scoring mixer
Julie Pearce .... music editor
Victor Pesavento .... music preparation
Peter Rotter .... music contractor
Buck Sanders .... musician: guitar
Andrew Shulman .... musician: cello
Michael Valerio .... musician: bass (as Mike Valerio)
William Boston .... additional orchestrations (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Dean Fitzpatrick .... transportation coordinator: Canada
Mahdi Nawafleh .... transportation manager
 
Other crew
Marwan Abadi .... military liaison: Jordan
Ali Al Khalaileh .... location assistant
Bader Alami .... production assistant
Yousef Abed Alnabi .... technical consultant
Ashraf Asa'ad .... second unit coordinator
Ahmad Atawneh .... production assistant
Karen Austin .... production accountant: Canada
Andrea Ball .... assistant to Mr. Chartier
Christopher Stetson Boal .... electronic press kit (as Chris Boal)
Joe Cappelletti .... adr voice director
Doran Chandler .... legal counsel: Roberts & Stahl, Canada
John Charles .... software manager: Sony DAC
Deborah J. Chesebro .... production accountant (as Debbie Chesebro)
James Clifford .... military advisor (as CSM James Clifford USA/EOD Retired)
Imad Dadudi .... travel coordinator
Zeid Darwazeh .... production runner
Christian de Gallegos .... international distribution
Amer Dweik .... epk assistant (as Amer Al Dweik)
Ziad Faraj .... production runner
Erik Feig .... production executive
David Fencl .... weapons specialist
Micah Gardener .... production coordinator: Canada
Bassel Ghandour .... production assistant
Theresa Guntli .... production assistant
Omar Habibb .... assistant: Mr. Boal
Kayed Haitham .... assistant location manager (as Haitham Kayed)
K.K. Hareb .... weapons assistant (as Khalil Harb)
Breanne Hartley .... business affairs manager
Breanne Hartley .... business affairs: Canada
Majd Hijjawi .... production secretary
Mark D. Houston .... first assistant accountant (as Mark Houston)
Darren Howard .... security captain: Canada
Setenay Ishak .... extras coordinator
Mohamed Jawad .... production assistant
Fuad Khalil .... production consultant
Aslaug Konradsdottir .... script supervisor
Jamie Lake .... location manager: Canada
Jackie Lee .... vice president of feature sales: Company 3
Sharif Majali .... location manager
Issa Matalka .... publicist: Jordan
Shannon McA'Nulty .... business affairs: Canada
Jim McKeown .... production coordinator: Canada
David Morris .... runner: UK
Moh'd Nawafleh .... location assistant (as Mohamed 'Gaba' Nawafleh)
Ana Oparnica .... script supervisor: Canada (as Ana Sebal)
Debbie Petersen .... second assistant accountant
Raya Qaraein .... production assistant
Nin Rai .... caterer: Triffles, Canada
Barrie Rice .... security
Barrie Rice .... technical consultant
Fadi Saraf .... craft service
Lara Sawalha .... assistant: Mr. Mark
Omar Sawalha .... production assistant
Issa Sawaqed .... assistant production coordinator
Rodolfo Scali .... craft service: Canada
Rodolfo Scali .... first aid: Canada
Michael Schaefer .... production executive
J.R. Scott .... assistant: Ms. Bigelow (as John R. Scott)
Yahia Shaheen .... production assistant (as Yahya Shaheen)
Adam M. Stone .... product placement coordinator: Stone Management
Cat Stone .... product placement coordinator: Stone Management
Chris Surber .... robot technician
Campbell Sweeny .... location scout: Canada
Leah Tanafranca .... payroll accountant: Canada
Charles Taylor .... military equipment
Ben Thomas .... technical consultant
Matt Thompson .... additional voices (as Matthew Thompson)
Matt Thompson .... technical consultant (as Matthew Thompson)
Lilian Umurungi .... business affairs assistant
Fawaz Zoubi .... location manager
Tarek Al-Jundi .... production assistant (uncredited)
Gilbert Carreras .... laboratory timer (uncredited)
Michael Farias .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Yasmine Hanani .... additional voices (uncredited)
Bader Helal .... location manager (uncredited)
Sam Sako .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Robert Troy .... combined continuity script: JR Media Services (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Abdullah II King Of Jordan .... special thanks (as His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan)
Princess Rym Al Ali .... special thanks (as Her Royal Highness Princess Rym Al Ali)
Prince Ali Al Hussein .... special thanks (as His Royal Highness Prince Ali Al Hussein)
Bonnie Bernstein .... the producers wish to thank
Paul C. Cabellon .... special thanks
Timoor Ghazi Daghistani .... special thanks (as His Excellency Ambassador Timoor Ghazi Daghistani)
George David .... special thanks
Nadine DeBarros .... special thanks
John K. Duncan .... special thanks
John Earey .... special thanks
Kool Marder .... special thanks
Prince Hussein Nasser Mirza .... special thanks (as His Royal Highness Prince Hussein Nasser Mirza)
Robert Offer .... the producers wish to thank
Elizabeth Rial .... thanks
Feisal Sadoun .... special thanks
Fadi Saraf .... special thanks
Meghan Silverman .... the producers wish to thank
Jason Spire .... the producers wish to thank
Don Steele .... special thanks
Nader Tarawneh .... special thanks
Sally Willcox .... the producers wish to thank
 

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Also Known As:
"Hurt Locker" - Japan (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for war violence and language
Runtime:
131 min
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-15 | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:16 | Ireland:15A | Japan:PG12 | Mexico:B15 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Philippines:R-13 (MTRCB) | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #45024)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The expression "the hurt locker" is a preexisting slang term for a situation involving trouble or pain, which can be traced back to the Vietnam War. According to the movie's website, it is soldier vernacular in Iraq to speak of explosions as sending you to "the hurt locker".See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In the opening scene a bomb is detonated by a cell-phone. Every anti-bomb team carries a small device which, when turned on, suppresses all cellular transmissions within several hundred meters around the device, especially to avoid such accidents. Similar devices are also used in theaters to preclude spectators from using cellphones during performance and by car-thieves to suppress GSM-based tracking devices.See more »
Quotes:
Staff Sergeant William James:[Speaking to his son] You love playing with that. You love playing with all your stuffed animals. You love your Mommy, your Daddy. You love your pajamas. You love everything, don't ya? Yea. But you know what, buddy? As you get older... some of the things you love might not seem so special anymore...See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Shark Tank: Episode #4.1" (2012)See more »
Soundtrack:
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FAQ

Is "The Hurt Locker" based on a book?
Why does Sgt James throw the smoke grenade? Why does Sanborn get so angry?
Does "Beckham" die?
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155 out of 232 people found the following review useful.
A Movie to See -- Not to Enjoy, 26 July 2010
Author: (normangelman@verizon.net) from Washington, D.C.

Except for the first few minutes of "Saving Private Ryan," no film I've ever seen comes closer than "The Hurt Locker" to portraying the randomness, senselessness, brutality and -- yes -- the excitement of battle. With the exception of Ralph Fiennes who makes a brief appearance early in the movie, there are no stars and few recognizable actors in this story about a small group of men whose mission is to defuse improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Iraq. Frequently under surveillance, though not always certain whether it is by curious bystanders or enemies in civilian clothing, these men are at risk every moment they are in the field.

The principal character, Sgt. First Class William James (Jeremy Renner) is one of those who seem to get an adrenaline rush in the face of danger. His colleagues, Sgt. JT Sanborn (Anthony Mackle) and Specialist Owen Eldridge (Brian Geaghty), see no glamor in their task. Sanborn is a workman-like soldier, trying to do his duty in as safe a manner as possible. Eldridge is in a near-constant state of panic, eager to be somewhere else, any place else. They are not presented as stereotypes, however, nor is anyone else in this absorbing movie. Everyone in the field knows he may die at any moment, and how they manage to hold up in the searing heat of Iraq in a war they aren't asked to understand may be the main point of this film, if indeed it has any point other than War is Hell and the Iraqi War is a particularly terrible slice of Hell.

Kathryn Bigelow deserves every award she won for "The Hurt Locker." It is completely unsentimentalized. There is no moral drawn, except what the viewer concludes based on the judgments he or she brought to the movie and the impact of the story on those judgments. Of its type, it is far and away the best war movie I've ever seen.

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