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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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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
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
Fuad Khalil .... location manager
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
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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 »
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44 out of 69 people found the following review useful.
won't be for everyone- it's an experimental drama-documentary by Brian De Palma- but it has an effectiveness in a 'lack' of style, 28 November 2007
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

The legendary words of Marshall MacLoughan, "The media IS the message", couldn't be further seen played out as in Redacted, Brian De Palma's latest film which ventures the director back into his experimental early days as a filmmaker in New York city. In his film, the media is the message, but only in part- it's about how media is used, or how subjective perceptions are taken into account, for coverage of a conflict which ironically enough has not had the kind of coverage seen in America as in the local Iraq and European media. But what stays true to De Palma as an auteur is the idea of voyeurism, or the watchers and the audience as the ones who continue to watch, and like Godard with his video experiments, Redacted is about its subject but it's also about process.

Like Blair Witch Project, we're seeing things "as-they-happen" by the view-point of a camera that a soldier, Angel, is carrying and using as an in to get into film school someday. This might be enough for a film covering a horrible tragic turn of events like depicted in Redacted, where two soldiers rape a teenager and kill and burn her and her baby sister. But De Palma's story, based on real events which were "fictionalized" up to a point only for legal reasons, indicts the whole process of viewing things through the filter of the lens. Of course there are moments when the characters realize that they're on video, and suddenly they either get irate and continue acting as themselves, or they start to posture for the camera. Instead of the carefully plotted and directed shots of films like Dressed to Kill or Carlito's Way (or, for that matter, the similar-in-premise Casualties of War) we get the messiness of raw camera-work from the soldier, the embedded journalists, the news media covering the story, web-casts obviously out of you-tube, and as the one "official" kind of film-making a French documentary crew doing a film on the group of soldiers covering the checkpoint.

It's suffice to say that this technique is almost a comment on itself, and it's one of the curious ideas behind the experiment of Redacted that makes it interesting. We know that when a security camera or when Angel's camera put on a seat meant to be shut off captures objectively what's going on- like the "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" scene or the plot to go after the family. But there's an inverse to this as well since De Palma is filming this with a script and with actors (who arguably are good at being naturalistic two-dimensional soldiers), since there is a stylization, yet without calling attention to the self-consciousness the audience feels during this. And meanwhile, De Palma makes his anti-war film gripping in the unexpected places; a hard-ass sergeant who gets blown up without any warning at all; the death of one of the soldiers as revenge from a terrorist group; the scene with Flake and Rush where they take the camera themselves and (as proof beyond a doubt that war and repeated tours of duty have made them bat-s***) defend themselves while attempting to praise a fallen brother while one wears a duck hat.

One almost hopes the experiment would work even better as one of the director's best, which ultimately it isn't. Certain tactics, like making evident the pretentiousness of the French documentary by having Barry Lyndon orchestrations playing over, or the girl on the fake you-tube site blasting the soldiers, just don't work at all. And a few of the performances could use some tweaking. But Redacted, I think, has some bad rap attached to it. It's not simply about the obvious, which is that war is hell and brings out the absolute worst out of human beings who have no control over themselves once pushed beyond reason. It's also about the means of viewing something of the ultimate routine nightmare like a checkpoint, or the rape of the girl (so much that Angel can't even watch as the "fly on the wall"), or a questioning, that makes it a significant effort. De Palma distinguishes his film, for better or worse, by adding the connotation of what it means to watch, or what it means to get on record, or what it does to break the 'fourth wall' while questioning it during it. It has the same free-form ambition of De Palma's best experimental work- Hi, Mom!- if not much a great film in the end.

One thing's for sure- it's in a rightful place playing only in one theater in New York city; it's the kind of work that is hard to market beyond playing as an experimental piece. Ironically, as of late, it's been attacked by Bill O'Reilly WHILE it's being advertised during the show! Talk about counter-programming for an audience that, for the most part, until it's out on DVD, won't have a lick of what the picture really entails. Message?

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