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18 February 2011 (Poland) See more »
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One platoon, one valley, one year
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A year with one platoon in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 11 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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A closeup of US soldiers fighting in Afghanistan See more (65 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
The Men of Battle Company 2nd of the 503rd Infantry Regiment 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team ... Themselves
Juan 'Doc Restrepo ... Himself
Dan Kearney ... Himself
LaMonta Caldwell ... Himself
Aron Hijar ... Himself
Misha Pemble-Belkin ... Himself
Miguel Cortez ... Himself
Sterling Jones ... Himself
Brendan O'Byrne ... Himself
Joshua McDonough ... Himself
Kyle Steiner ... Himself
Angel Toves ... Himself
Mark Patterson ... Himself
Stephen Gillespie ... Himself
Marc Solowski ... Himself
Kevin Rice ... Himself
Tanner Sichter ... Himself
William Ostlund ... Himself

Directed by
Tim Hetherington 
Sebastian Junger 
 
Produced by
John Battsek .... executive producer
Tim Hetherington .... producer
Sebastian Junger .... producer
Nick Quested .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Tim Hetherington 
Sebastian Junger 
 
Film Editing by
Michael Levine 
 
Production Management
Mike Harrop .... post-production supervisor
Gretchen McGowan .... head of production: Goldcrest Production Services
 
Sound Department
Coll Anderson .... sound re-recording mixer
Coll Anderson .... supervising sound editor
Stephen Barden .... dialogue editor
Grahame Davies .... sound mixer: additional
Paul Miller .... sound assistant: weapons specialist (as OFC Paul Miller)
Matt Snedecor .... sound effects editor
Michael Suarez .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jake Clennell .... director of photography: Itaky
Brendan O'Byrne .... additional camera operator
Misha Pemble-Belkin .... additional camera operator
Rudy Varner .... additional camera operator
Teun Voeten .... additional camera operator
Derek Wiesehahn .... camera operator: Italy
 
Editorial Department
Alex Albers .... post-production intern
Timothy Baker .... post-production intern
Meghna Damani .... post-production intern
Anja Dornieden .... post-production intern
John Dowdell .... colorist
Kathryn Drury .... post-production intern
Alex Godin .... post-production intern
Peter Heady .... digital intermediate finishing artist
Jeremy Kaplan .... post-production intern
Jean Lane .... digital intermediate producer
Christy MacKarrell .... digital intermediate finishing artist
Corinne Manabat .... post-production intern
William Michals .... post-production intern
Maya Mumma .... associate editor
Meredith Patten .... post-production intern
Adele Pham .... post-production intern
Trina Rodriguez .... post-production intern
Jeanne Sison .... digital intermediate producer
Jeff Smithwick .... color timer
Tim Spitzer .... digital intermediate supervisor
Elizabeth Walter .... post-production intern
Chloe Walters-Wallace .... post-production intern
Carl Ayala .... assistant on-line editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ruy García .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Victor Barroso .... titles and credits: Worlds Away Productions
Marc Chamin .... legal service: Outpost Films, Loeb & Loeb
Sinead Duell .... business manager: Outpost Films
Richard Koenigsberg .... accountant: Outpost Films
Ben Lay .... head technician
Márcia Nunes .... production coordinator: Goldcrest Production Services
Karen Shatzkin .... additional legal services: Outpost Filmms
 
Thanks
Brian Beckno .... special thanks (as Major Brian Beckno)
Graydon Carter .... special thanks
Tony Gerber .... thanks
Donna Gutkin .... thanks
Miles Levine .... thanks
Simon Levine .... thanks
Andrew Mumma .... thanks
Karen Schmeer .... thanks
Jonathan Stack .... thanks
Nicole Stott .... thanks
Doug Stumpf .... thanks
Jamie Wellford .... thanks
 

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Rated R for language throughout including some descriptions of violence
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Australia:MA | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Singapore:M18 (cut) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #46090)
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Co-director of Restrepo, Tim Hetherington, was killed on April 20, 2011 while covering the conflict in Libya.See more »
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Featured in The 83rd Annual Academy Awards (2011) (TV)See more »
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Never Forget Where I'm FromSee more »

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64 out of 81 people found the following review useful.
A closeup of US soldiers fighting in Afghanistan, 5 May 2010
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

'One platoon, one year, one valley' goes this documentary's impressive slogan. Such concentrated focus is truly a selling point. This is vivid, intense, unvarnished stuff, and the two filmmakers won the Grand Jury Prize for documentary at Sundance this year for their troubles. Hetherington also won World Press Photo of the Year 2007 for an image of one of the soldiers resting at Restrepo, an outpost named after medic Juan Restrepo, one of their first casualties upon arriving at this dangerous place of daily combat, Afghanistan's Korangal Valley. The two embedded journalists, Sebastian Junger (of 'The Perfect Storm,' with a contract from Vanity Fair for coverage) and distinguished British war photographer Tim Hetherington, are both filming the platoon off and on all through its 15-month deployment. They don't analyze or look at a wider context. They're in effect in the foxholes, where there are no atheists, and this time no military strategists either. What they show, and show well, is the camaraderie of this American Army unit, the Second Platoon, Battle Company, 173rd Airborne Brigade, their bravery, hard work, humor, and love of one another, and, less emphatic but also constant, a deteriorating relationship with the local citizenry. If you are going to make a narrative feature about how contemporary American soldiers in daily combat look and act, this is a good place to go, and the images are superb, and bravely shot, at the cost of physical injury and at the risk of getting shot like the soldiers. The film has no structure other than the actions of the platoon, their two big projects being building OP Restrepo, a 15-man outpost above the outpost that restricted the enemy's movements, and a foray dubbed Operation Rock Avalanche, during which the troops came under the heaviest fire; some of them still have nightmares from Avalanche.

The Korangal Valley is a scene in the middle of nowhere with no escape, as the soldiers saw it on arrival -- a place of multiple daily engagements with a hidden enemy. Strategically, this place seems like it was useless. The Korangal Outpost was closed in 2009 after six years, hundreds of US wounded, and 50 US soldiers dead (and heavier losses on the less well-equipped Afghan side). Some US military actually think the Korangal Outpost -- and the outpost of the outpost, O.P. Restrepo where most of the action takes place -- only increased local sympathy for the Taliban.

This is one "context" thing we get a glimpse of, because the film shows moments from a few of the weekly "shuras" when the platoon leader, Captain Keaney, met with local "elders," scrawny men of indeterminate age, often with brightly hennaed beards. He swears at them freely (safe, since they don't know English) and replies unceremoniously to their complaints. He's a combat officer, not a negotiator. At one point one of the locals' cows gets caught up in concertina wire (we do not see this) and the troops have to kill it (and eat it, from what we hear, and a very tasty meal it was). Elders come specially to complain about this, and demand a payment for the lost animal of four or five hundred dollars. Permission is refused for this from higher command and the elders leave with only the promise of rice and grain matching the weight of the cow. It looks as if the Afghans lose face in these "shuras," but the Americans don't gain anything.

Of course there is the inevitable clash when the Americans push so close they kill some Afghan civilians and wound some children. As with all wars against partisans or insurgents, the locals are all implicated. Captain Keaney is chagrined. But the captain -- he and a handful of the soldiers are shown interviewed later throughout the film, commenting on the experience and the platoon's major projects during the deployment -- is proud of the job they did, nonetheless. They gave the enemy a harder time than their predecessors. OP Restrepo, their initiative, gave them a strategic advantage in the valley. And the men were brave, even when they were scared, and they' were kind and loyal to each other.

'Restrepo' illustrates the Chris Hedges line that opens Kathryn Bigelow's similarly intense, visceral, but unanalytical fiction film, 'The Hurt Locker,' "The rush of battle is often a potent and lethal addiction, for war is a drug." Soldiers are shown hooting with excitement and saying that being fired upon is "better than crack," and they don't know if they can go back to civilian life after living day to day with such an adrenalin rush as the Konragal Valley and Operation Rock Avalance gave them.

The festival enthusiasm is not the end of it because 'Restrepo' will be broadcast globally by National Geographic. But, reviewing the film at Sundance, Variety reviewer John Anderson argues, with some reason, that this documentary "needs a story, much like the war. The roaring lack of public interest in what the U.S. is doing in Afghanistan is largely due to a failure of storytelling: Tell us what it's about, and then we'll care." Will we? What the story of the US in Afghanistan looks like is being stuck in one place, fighting a pointless war, on varying pretexts, in impossible conditions, like Vietnam. Here we don't see the drugs and demoralization of Vietnam, though they may be there. The interviews give only a glimpse or two of the damage this deployment did on the 29 or so men -- as well as of what a very fine bunch of men they are. Michael Levine, the film's editor, who cut Venditti's great little doc 'Billy the Kid,' deserves much credit for bringing some order to a wealth of chaotic material.

Seen at the San Francisco International Film Festival.

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