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Lions for Lambs (2007)

Injuries sustained by two Army rangers behind enemy lines in Afghanistan set off a sequence of events involving a congressman, a journalist and a professor.

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Three stories told simultaneous in ninety minutes of real time: a Republican Senator who's a presidential hopeful gives an hour-long interview to a skeptical television reporter, detailing a strategy for victory in Afghanistan; two special forces ambushed on an Afghani ridge await rescue as Taliban forces close in; a poli-sci professor at a California college invites a promising student to re-engage. Decisions press upon the reporter, the student, and the soldiers. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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If you don't STAND for something, you might FALL for anything See more »

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Drama | Thriller | War

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Rated R for some war violence and language | See all certifications »

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9 November 2007 (USA)  »

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Leones por corderos  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,702,434 (USA) (2 November 2007)

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$14,998,070 (USA) (1 February 2008)
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The state flag in Irving's office is Illinois. See more »

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It is obvious that many of the scenes between actors are filmed with one or the other actor not being present. For example Meryl Streep's hair is different when the shot is from behind her. Clearly it's a double. See more »

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Janine Roth: Wow, you must be panicked.
Senator Jasper Irving: Oh no no no no. We're determined.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 10 November 2007 (2007) See more »

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Lean wit It
Written and Performed by Herman Beeftink
Courtesy of Elite Source Music Productions
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"Killing people is helping people?"
11 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

LIONS FOR LAMBS is a very intelligent and timely film that addresses what we are doing in Afghanistan and our American policy in handling the issues of the Middle East played out via tremendous performances from Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise and Robert Redford, with a strong cast of supporting actors. Watching Meryl Streep as a Journalist interact with Tom Cruise on the screen and the strong dialog that plays between them is a wonderful piece of writing from Matthew Michael Carnahan as they discuss the issues of winning the war in Afghanistan. And, as I am reading THE RACE from Richard North Patterson, seeing the Tom Cruise character play to a Journalist to get his story out is another act of political positioning.

Robert Redford as the Professor and his student, Mr. SC frat boy, discuss what he should do with his life, and hearing about the story of his two students who came before him, plays out perfectly with what is important to accomplish in America today as a young man and woman. The last scene in the film with the young man really questioning his career path is a great one. LIONS FOR LAMBS deserves a large audience, but it may play out as just another political story dealing with Afghanistan and Iraq, and it really deserves the attention and the lessons which the film delivers. As we approach Veterans Day 2007, I will remember the scenes in the Afghan mountains and think of our men and women in uniform attempt to win a war of justice...or, in the end, will they be just LAMBS FOR LIONS?


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