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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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Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

BRL 798,954 (Brazil) (11 November 2007)

Gross:

$14,998,070 (USA) (3 February 2008)
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The photo that Jenine (Meryl Streep) observes on Senator Irving's (Tom Cruise's) office wall of him dressed as a young cadet is a still photo from Cruise's role in Taps (1981). See more »

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When Rodriguez and Arian are giving their presentation, they place letters of induction on the projector to show the class they enlisted. A letter of induction is a draft notice. The draft was over for over thirty years when the movie takes place, and since they volunteered, they would have used DD Form 4/1 "Enlistment and Reenlistment Document" See more »

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Professor Stephen Malley: The decisions you make now, bud, can't be changed but with years and years of hard work to redo it... And in those years you become something different. Everybody does as the time passes. You get married, you get into debt... But you're never gonna be the same person you are right now. And promise and potential... It's very fickle, and it just might not be there anymore.
Todd Hayes: Are you assuming I already made a decision? And also that I'll live to regret it?
Professor Stephen Malley: All I'm saying is that you're an adult now....
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Pretentious movie "makes a point"
2 March 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Anyone of even moderate intelligence is likely to feel somewhat patronised by this movie. It's not that I disagree with the questions it poses, it just delivers its message in a frustratingly condescending manner.

The politician with an agenda character, complete with predictable propaganda patter, was an unnecessary cliché. I get it already! The reflective college professor and the brilliantly irritating self-obsessed student also excessively laboured their respective points.

Although I may empathise with some of the sentiments in this movie, I did not enjoy being spoon-fed its trite message. As I said, anyone of even moderate intelligence is likely to already understand the message anyway. The audience this film may be trying to "reach" probably won't have the stamina to chew through this dry and stolid sermon.


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