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Hell and Back Again -- A documentary on soldiers who have returned home from fighting in Afghanistan.
Hell and Back Again -- 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.

In this groundbreaking work of cinema, two overlapping narratives are brilliantly intercut the life of a Marine at war on the front, and the life the same Marine in recovery at home, creating both a dreamlike quality and a strikingly realistic depiction of how Marines experience this war.

Following Sergeant Nathan Harris of Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, during a major assault on a Taliban stronghold, and his painful return home after a severe injury, the two stories communicate both the extraordinary drama of war and the no less shocking experience of returning home, as a whole generation of Marines struggle to find an identity in a country that prefers to be indifferent.

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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Nathan Harris ... Himself (as Sgt Nathan Harris)
Ashley Harris ... Herself
The Marines of Echo Company ... Themselves
Christian Cabaniss ... Himself (as Lt Col Christian Cabaniss)
Eric Meador ... Himself (as Cot Eric Meador)
Ted Hubbard ... Himself (as Lt Edward Hubbard)
Terry Roberts ... Himself (as Chaplain Terry Roberts)
Doug Webb ... Himself (as SSgt Doug Webb)
Robert Gaines ... Himself (as Lt Cmdr Robert Gaines)
Matthew Swibe ... Himself (as Lt Cmdr Matthew Swibe)
Chris MacDonald ... Himself (as Sgt Chris MacDonald)

Directed by
Danfung Dennis 
 
Produced by
Diana Barrett .... co-executive producer: Fledging Fund
Thomas Brunner .... executive producer
Dan Cogan .... executive producer
Steven Cohen .... co-executive producer
David Cumming .... co-executive producer
Ian Darling .... co-executive producer
Danfung Dennis .... producer
Abigail Disney .... co-executive producer: Fork Films
Caroleen Feeney .... co-executive producer
Maxyne Franklin .... co-executive producer: BritDoc Foundation
Pierre Hauser .... co-executive producer: Fork Films
Martin Herring .... producer
Patricia Lambrecht .... co-executive producer
Mike Lerner .... producer
Havana Marking .... executive producer
Karol Martesko .... executive producer (as Karol Martesko-Fenster)
Gernot Schaffler .... executive producer
Juliette Timsit .... co-executive producer
 
Original Music by
J. Ralph 
 
Cinematography by
Danfung Dennis 
 
Film Editing by
Fiona Otway 
 
Production Management
Janet Knipe .... production manager
 
Art Department
Colin Metcalf Lemon .... art direction: Lemon (as Colin Metcalf)
Colin Metcalf Lemon .... branding: Lemon (as Colin Metcalf)
 
Sound Department
Danfung Dennis .... additional sound designer
Danfung Dennis .... sound recordist
Arthur Pingrey .... additional sound designer
Arthur Pingrey .... dialogue editor
Arthur Pingrey .... sound editor
Arthur Pingrey .... sound re-recording mixer
J. Ralph .... dialogue editor
J. Ralph .... sound designer
J. Ralph .... sound editor
J. Ralph .... sound re-recording mixer
J. Ralph .... supervising sound editor
Reilly Steele .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Andrews .... additional footage (as LCpl James Abdrews)
Todd Crawford .... still photographer
 
Editorial Department
Stewart Griffin .... colorist
Ben Laffin .... digital intermediate editor
Jenny Raskin .... editorial consultant
Jonathan Liebert .... digital cinema mastering (uncredited)
Caitlin Tartaro .... digital intermediate producer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Brian Binsack .... second scoring engineer
Bub Jess .... score producer: The Rumor Mill (as Bubb Jess)
Gary Morris .... second scoring engineer
Guy Rabinowitz .... second scoring engineer
J. Ralph .... music designer
 
Other crew
Rodney Brooks .... accountant
Michael Donaldson .... clearance counsel
Georgie Duncan .... production coordinator
Mohamad Ismail .... translator
Ahmad Fahin Nooristani .... translator
Dana O'Keefe .... sales agent
Karinah Turner .... production coordinator
 
Thanks
Dennis J. Burrow .... in remembrance of (as LCpl Dennis J. Burrow)
Jordan Chrobot .... in remembrance of (as LCpl Jordan Chrobot)
Leopold F. Damas .... in remembrance of (as LCpl Leopold F. Damas)
Bruce E. Ferrell .... in remembrance of (as LCpl Bruce E. Ferrell)
David R. Hall .... in remembrance of (as LCpl David R. Hall)
Jeremy S. Lasher .... in remembrance of (as Cpl Jeremy S. Lasher)
Xhacob Latorre .... in remembrance of (as Cpl Xhacob Latorre)
Amir Muihammad .... in remembrance of (as Ana Amir Muhammad)
Javier Olvera .... in remembrance of (as LCpl Javier Olvera)
Gregory A. Posey .... in remembrance of (as LCpl Gregory A. Posey)
Patrick W. Schimmel .... in remembrance of (as LCpl Patrick W. Schimmel)
Charles S. Sharp .... in remembrance of (as LCpl Charles S. Sharp)
James Allen Smith .... thanks
Reilly Steele .... thanks
Jonathan F. Stroud .... in remembrance of (as LCpl Jonathan F. Stroud)
Donald W. Vincent .... in remembrance of (as Pfc Donald W. Vincent)
Nicholas G. Xiarhos .... in remembrance of (as Cpl Nicholas G. Xiarhos)
 

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Revealing mistakes: 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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5 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A Look at the Return Home, 10 February 2012
Author: samuraifa451 from United States

"Hell and Back Again" chronicles the return of Sgt. Nathan Harris' return home and the result is interesting, disturbing and somewhat lacking. Sgt. Harris, is a Marine and always wanted to be one. He wants to fight (and "kill") and almost thrives upon it with his obsession with guns. However, after taking an injury in the field in one of the most violent areas in Afghanistan, Harris goes through rehabilitation back home to try and get his life back on track. The focus of the movie is almost entirely on Sgt. Harris and that both helps and hurts the film. While this does offer personality towards the subject matter but it is difficult not to watch "Hell and Back Again" and wonder what this would have been like with other people as subjects as well as outside opinions about Harris himself. The film ends up almost lacking as it tries to alternate between life at home and life (sometimes clumsily) in the military with little to no interaction with anyone else but Harris. Outside of flashback sequences, none of the other members within Harris' Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment are given much development in regards to the narrative which is a shame because most of the segments in Afghanistan are by far the most interesting of the documentary. In the end, "Hell and Back Again" attempts to become the Marine Corps equivalent of "Restrepo" in terms of depicting military life and ends up somewhat missing the mark. It's not an awful documentary, it just could have been so much more than what it was.

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