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Redacted -- A montage of stories about U.S. soldiers fighting in the Iraq conflict, focusing on the modern forms of media covering the war.
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Release Date:
16 November 2007 (Spain) See more »
Truth is the first casualty of war.
The devastating reconstruction of the rape and murder of a 15-year-old Iraqi girl by American soldiers in Samarra in 2006. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Has moments but is mostly unconvincing in its construct and delivery See more (108 total) »


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Izzy Diaz ... Angel Salazar
Rob Devaney ... Lawyer McCoy

Ty Jones ... Master Sergeant Sweet
Anas Wellman ... Soldier (as Anas 'Tipsy' Wellman)

Mike Figueroa ... Sergeant Jim Vasquez
Yanal Kassay ... Soldier
Dhiaa Khalil ... Soldier

Kel O'Neill ... Gabe Blix / Criminal Investigation Agent #2

Daniel Stewart Sherman ... B.B. Rush

Patrick Carroll ... Reno Flake
Qazi Freihat ... Hadi
Adel Odai ... Interpreter
Helen Zamel ... Date Girl
Hiyam Abdel Karim ... Pregnant Woman
Issam Shamary ... Pregnant Woman's Brother
Shukraya Maran ... Young Screaming Woman
Sahar Alloul ... Arab News Reporter

Happy Anderson ... Battalion Commander / Prosecutor (as Eric 'Happy' Anderson)
Mazen Zoubi ... Company Commander
Zahra Zubaidi ... Farah
Sabrine Munther ... Farah's Little Sister
Shatha Haddad ... Embedded Journalist
Karima Attayey ... Farah's Mother
Suhail Abdel Hussein ... Farah's Father
Hameed Sahi ... Farah's Grandfather

Bridget Barkan ... Judy McCoy

Ohad Knoller ... Army Psychiatrist

Paul O'Brien ... McCoy's Father (as Paul O'Brian)
Paul Hijazin ... English Newscaster
Jafar Zoubi ... ATV Anchorman
Nick Seeley ... Criminal Investigation Agent #1

Don McKellar ... Criminal Investigator (voice)

Abigail Savage ... Tattooed Kid
Andrew Cullen ... Buddy #1
Francois Caillaud ... Buddy #2 (as François Caillaud)
Lara Atalla ... Buddy #3
Julie Thiery ... 'Barrage' Narrator

Directed by
Brian De Palma 
Writing credits
Brian De Palma (written by)

Produced by
Laird Adamson .... co-executive producer
Mark Cuban .... executive producer
Jason Kliot .... producer
Christopher Matson .... associate producer
Gretchen McGowan .... co-executive producer
Eric Schwab .... co-producer
Stephen Traynor .... line producer
Simone Urdl .... producer
Joana Vicente .... producer
Todd Wagner .... executive producer
Jennifer Weiss .... producer
Cinematography by
Jonathon Cliff (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Bill Pankow 
Casting by
Billy Hopkins 
Paul Schnee 
Production Design by
Phillip Barker 
Art Direction by
Michael Diner 
Set Decoration by
Rana Abboot 
Costume Design by
Jamila Aladdin 
Makeup Department
Tamer Alsalaita .... assistant hair stylist
Tamer Alsalaita .... assistant makeup artist
Laurence Laufer .... tattoo artist
Adrien Morot .... special makeup effects artist
Orly Ronen .... key hair stylist
Orly Ronen .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Andrew Cullen .... assistant production manager
Mike Harrop .... post-production supervisor
Gretchen McGowan .... executive in charge of production
Stephen Traynor .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Francois Caillaud .... key second assistant director
Tamir Naber .... third assistant director
Travis Rehwaldt .... second third assistant director
Eric Schwab .... second unit director
John M. Tyson .... first assistant director
Art Department
Rime Al-Jabr .... scenic painter
Amin Charif El Masri .... lead set dresser
Sana'a Jaber .... set dresser
Samy Keilani .... construction coordinator
John Moran .... graphic designer
Martha Sparrow .... assistant art director
Lana Tettlock .... key scenic painter
Paul Vernon .... property master
Samir Zaidan .... scenic painter
Nasser Zoubi .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Steve Baine .... foley artist
Todd Beckett .... sound re-recording mixer
Scott Delaney .... conform editor
Keith Elliott .... sound re-recording mixer
Paula Fairfield .... sound designer
Paula Fairfield .... supervising sound editor
Jamie Gould .... sound re-recording assistant
Gina Gyles .... foley assistant
Colin McLellan .... adr recordist
Carla Murray .... sound effects designer
Carla Murray .... sound effects editor
Jason Perreira .... sound re-recording assistant
Peter Persaud .... foley recordist
Jan Petrov .... adr recordist
Jill Purdy .... supervising dialogue and adr editor
John J. Thomson .... sound mixer
Alan Zielonko .... boom operator
Mark Zsifkovits .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
David Harris .... special effects supervisor
Graham Hills .... senior special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Rob Gyorgy .... digital effects artist
Steve Griffin .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Bailey .... second assistant camera
Alex Gomez .... first assistant camera
Bart Grieb .... lighting technician
Duraid Munajim .... camera operator: second unit
Osama Namrouqa .... gaffer
Kit Pennebaker .... assistant camera
Animation Department
William Cameron .... animator: titles
Timothy Peel .... playback animator
Casting Department
Lara Atalla .... casting: Jordan
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting
George Naouri .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Fikreyeh Abu Kheit .... assistant costume designer
Phaedra Dahdaleh .... costumer
Abd Elfattah Rayyan .... wardrobe assistant
Nooredin Abedrabboh Sufian .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Louis Casado .... color timer
Patrick Duchesne .... digital intermediate producer (as Pat Duchesne)
Jim Fleming .... digital film colorist
Rob Gyorgy .... DI editor
Matt Thompson .... digital media coordinator
Alex Yalakidis .... assistant editor
Location Management
Fuad Khalil .... location manager
Music Department
Kevin Banks .... music editor
Stephanie Diaz-Matos .... music supervisor
Jim Dunbar .... music supervisor
Randall Poster .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Adel Adawi .... transportation captain
Omar Ayesh .... transportation co-captain
Other crew
Zuhair Amr .... entomologist (as Dr. Zuhair Amr)
Courtney Andrialis .... creative executive: HDNet Films
Reem Bandak .... production coordinator
Phillip Barker .... title designer
Maggie Cohn .... assistant: Mr. De Palma
Beisan Elias .... production assistant
Claude Forest .... insurance broker
Alice Wickwire Foster .... production coordinator
Doug Gillespie .... production accountant
Sarah Hack .... assistant: Ms. Vicente and Mr. Kliot
Steve Holmgren .... office manager
Sonia Hosko .... assistant: Ms. Urdl and Ms. Weiss
Winnifred Jong .... script supervisor
Sam Kalidi .... adr
Quentin Little .... development executive
Mohammad Majali .... production assistant
Christopher Matson .... business affairs
Karen S. Neasi .... product placement
Travis Rehwaldt .... key set production assistant
Thomas Rotenberg .... development assistant
Dana Silverman .... production assistant
Robert Stein .... legal counsel
Charles Taylor .... head armorer
Scott Tremblay .... principal technical officer
Scott Weals .... military advisor
David Welch .... dog trainer
Virginia A. Williams .... production executive
Stewart Aziz .... special thanks
Maxine Bailey .... special thanks
George David .... thanks
John DeBoer .... special thanks
Atom Egoyan .... special thanks
Luc Montpellier .... special thanks

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Rated R for strong disturbing violent content including a rape, pervasive language and some sexual references/images
90 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
Revealing mistakes: In one scene, PFC Angel Salazar is seen wearing his rank insignia upside down on his uniform.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Barry Lyndon (1975)See more »
E lucevan le stelle (Tosca/Act 3)See more »


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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Has moments but is mostly unconvincing in its construct and delivery, 10 August 2008
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Using video-diaries, YouTube postings, news reports and other footage, this film tells the story of one unit of US marines serving in Samarra. The heat is intense, the hours are long, the work is dull and the monotony is only broken by the occasion attack or defence of the check-points. When one of the unit is killed by an improvised explosive device, tensions are further increased and the night raids intensify to pick up suspects. However, for a couple of individuals the need for both revenge and release is almost too much to bear.

Reading the reviews on this title from IMDb users it is clear that too many people are bringing their politics to the film and some have seen the issues not the piece of work itself. So we have 10* reviews saying that "Americans don't like their own dirty laundry" and 1* reviews labelling it a "disgrace" and practically aligning De Palma with the 11th September terrorists. This does happen with such films but it is of no use to me even if my politics suggested that I should love this more than hate it. The truth is that my politics never came into it because what I was confronted with was a good idea, a topical issue, has good moments but mostly it is unconvincing and obvious in its structure and delivery.

As an idea, the brutal or callous actions of a minority of Allied forces in Iraq is an important subject and one worthy of an intelligent and impacting presentation. Likewise the use in this war of many, many different types of media that allow us to "see" the war for ourselves – which is perhaps a mixed blessing – is an interesting way to deliver a story. However the film doesn't manage to pull it all together in a consistent and convincing manner. It has its moments of course; the central atrocity is a shocking and difficult scene for what you don't see more than what you do but otherwise the scenes and characters don't flow together in the way that that one scene engages and convinces. I can understand why some of it felt stilted and strange – because ultimately vlogs etc do feel a bit cheesy and corny at times but to me this just meant that the characters had to be extra strong so that they could stand up to the media. Sadly though they are too obvious and simple, almost to the point of cliché and they make it all feel too simplistic – too easy to dismiss as biased and angry.

The dialogue doesn't help this either since it is often clumsy as it attempts to make a point or a bit too "acted" when it is supposed to be natural and jocular. De Palma's use of the various media doesn't work anywhere near as well as I thought it could; the documentary with its overuse of classical music drags on and is a poor copy of some of the music used in the film Afghansti (which is so similar that it must have been – but the latter uses it sparingly and surrounds it with substance). The central vlog stumbles due to the acting and material being presented that way. It is not really the cast's fault since they are mostly unknowns and perhaps not given the best tools to show what they can do but it does mean the film is mostly reasonably poor. De Palma does deserve credit for taking on a challenging and topical project where he could just continue to rest of his laurels and take easy projects for money, but this does not buy him a free pass because good intentions are not anything unless they are followed through on the ground.

Redacted is just that – a good plan on paper but the execution is lacking across the board, taking away from even the plan itself. Those looking to feel the film's anger and outrage will probably get more from it than the casual viewer but just because a film works when playing to the choir doesn't mean it is good. Sadly for the casual viewer I suspect it will come over as too obvious, preachy and half-done to really impress.

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