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Hell and Back Again (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Action, History | 5 October 2011 (USA)
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What does it mean to lead men in war? What does it mean to come home? Hell and Back Again is a cinematically revolutionary film that asks and answers these questions with a power and ... See full summary »

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Nathan Harris ...
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Ashley Harris ...
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The Marines of Echo Company ...
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Christian Cabaniss ...
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Eric Meador ...
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Ted Hubbard ...
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Terry Roberts ...
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Doug Webb ...
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Robert Gaines ...
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Matthew Swibe ...
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What does it mean to lead men in war? What does it mean to come home? Hell and Back Again is a cinematically revolutionary film that asks and answers these questions with a power and intimacy no previous film about the conflict in Afghanistan has been able to achieve. It is a masterpiece in the cinema of war. Written by Danfung Dennis

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,413, 9 October 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$40,634

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,949
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The title is probably a reference to the classic war film To Hell and Back (1955), which starred Audie Murphy as himself in a dramatic re-telling of his experiences as the most decorated American combat soldier of WWII. This could be regarded as a documentary version of the same concept. See more »

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Despite an establishing shot of the exterior of a Walgreens pharmacy, the scene where Nathan's wife purchases his prescriptions is clearly filmed inside a CVS pharmacy, as seen on the cashier's name tag. See more »

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Nathan Harris: If I do everything right, and all my men do everything right, I still can die. So You just have to accept it.
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Hell And Back
Music & Lyrics by J. Ralph
Performed by Willie Nelson
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The Terror of War (and the terror of modern society).
23 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the most amazing documentaries I have ever seen.

The imagery is stunning, and the filming is pristine - especially considering the conditions - the camera and editing are high quality, and the shakiness is pretty subdued.

Most importantly, the stories are interesting and all too real.

The editing, which juxtaposes the return of the wounded Nathan Harris to America with the striking images of war is chilling. There is simply no other film which actually shows what it might be like to actually have PTSD.

The soldiers in this documentary are all too real, never joking with the camera while in combat, and coming close to death numerous times.

If you want proof, look closely, despite the presence of the camera, few soldiers ever look into it. This may have been a directorial call, but more than likely, it is because they are real soldiers, and one second looking at a camera - especially in such hostile territory - could cost you your life.

This movie is something special, and I doubt we will see anything like it again.

Honestly - props to this filmmaker Dennis - because he has some serious guts/grit.


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