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The devastating reconstruction of the rape and murder of a 15-year-old Iraqi girl by American soldiers in Samarra in 2006.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Angel Salazar
Rob Devaney ...
Lawyer McCoy
Master Sergeant Sweet
Anas Wellman ...
Soldier (as Anas 'Tipsy' Wellman)
Sergeant Jim Vasquez
Dhiaa Khalil ...
Gabe Blix / Criminal Investigation Agent #2
B.B. Rush
Reno Flake
Qazi Freihat ...
Adel Odai ...
Helen Zamel ...
Date Girl
Hiyam Abdel Karim ...
Pregnant Woman
Issam Shamary ...
Pregnant Woman's Brother


A montage of stories about U.S. soldiers fighting in the Iraq conflict, focusing on the modern forms of media covering the war. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Truth is the first casualty of war.


Crime | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong disturbing violent content including a rape, pervasive language and some sexual references/images | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

16 November 2007 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Censurado  »

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Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$25,628 (USA) (16 November 2007)


$65,087 (USA) (14 December 2007)

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Did You Know?


The film was financed by Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks professional basketball team. See more »


The U.S. Army soldiers in the film are all seen wearing the PASGT helmet, which was phased out of the U.S. Army and replaced with the MICH/ACH shortly before when the time period in which movie takes place, mid-2006. See more »


Referenced in The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 23 January 2008 (2008) See more »


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Written and Performed by Angelo Badalamenti
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the thing we know for sure about de Palma....
16 January 2008 | by (United States, Texas, flatland) – See all my reviews

The thing we know for sure about de Palma is that there are no accidental or unintentional images, cuts, camera angles or words in his movies. What looks rough was intended to look rough. What looks like a careless frame was there to look careless. This film, like "Hi Mom" & "Greetings" (and even "Get to Know Your Rabbit) is not part of the Hollywood so many "reviewers" leaving their drivel in IMDb (aka the un-united statesmen) are either railing against or rallying behind.

As far as I could tell, this was a look at the world through De Palma's own Snake-eyes - via a camera, and a script HE wrote. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that a view of the world from his camera will not look like anybody else's, and most surely won't be subject to anybody else's rules or political agenda.

Back in the day when Martin Scorsese made "The Last Temptation of Christ," I got cornered next to a conversation of religious conservatives who were ranting about the "Jews who control of Hollywood" being behind Scorsese's film. I had to laugh -- and did. They all turned to look at me like I was next in line for the noose -- and so I pointed out that Scorsese was New York Italian Catholic -- and had contemplated the priesthood. And that he'd made so much money and reputation points for studios that no studio, executive, or other influencing body could or would try to influence or control the content of his films.

So again, there's a laugh here if you think De Palma is the tool of any studio, influential group, or left-wing agenda. The truth is, each filmmaker has a point of view that is their own - - or at least the ones who make the films we want to see.

And -- if you think Hollywood -- that herd of cats who make the entertainment which may well be our last exportable natural resource -- is wrangled into the lock-step of an agenda other than making money and making entertainment, then you've obviously never met a writer, an actor, a musician, an artist, a computer nerd, a designer, a makeup artist, a stunt coordinator, or an agent. As a group, the only thing they have in common is lust for MAKING. Individually -- their beliefs are as varied as Tom Cruise and Tom Waits. And their personal agendas may sometimes reach the light in the projector -- or the flash of paparazzi cameras -- or the blare of a talk show microphone.

But the statements made in these point-of-view films are artworks giving voice and image to the mind of the artist. Like Guerneca, Rhapsody in Blue, or Oliver Twist -- art is not just entertainment, beauty, or cleverness -- it is the expression of a personal agenda by its very nature. Artists are meliorists. They believe they can, and that they have the right, to change the world.

so get over yourselves. It's not a plot. It's free speech. And Brian De Palma has always been enamored of not so much speaking his mind -- as filming his mind.

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