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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016)

R | | Drama, War | 18 November 2016 (USA)
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19-year-old Billy Lynn is brought home for a victory tour after a harrowing Iraq battle. Through flashbacks the film shows what really happened to his squad - contrasting the realities of war with America's perceptions.

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Two-time Academy Award® winner Ang Lee brings his extraordinary vision to Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, based on the widely-acclaimed, bestselling novel. The film is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (newcomer Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, the film reveals what really happened to the squad - contrasting the realities of the war with America's perceptions. The film also stars Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, with Vin Diesel, and Steve Martin. Lee used new technology, shooting at an ultra-high frame rate for the first time in film history, to create an immersive digital experience helping him dramatize war in a way never seen before. Lee directed and produced the film, from a screenplay by Jean-Christophe ... Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Drama | War

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Rated R for language throughout, some war violence, sexual content, and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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A Longa Caminhada de Billy Lynn  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$901,062 (USA) (18 November 2016)

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$1,721,524 (USA) (2 December 2016)
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Real life NFL stars J.J. Watt and Richard Sherman make cameos in the film as Dallas players who ask Billy questions about the war. See more »

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US Army squads are not designated with letters, they are numbered based on their respective platoon and company's table of organization (so many squads to a platoon, so many platoons to a company, companies to a battalion, battalions to a brigade, brigades to a division). Platoons are numbered in the same manner, respective to their company. A company may be designated with a letter (in the cases of companies that do not deploy except as part of their parent battalion) or with a number (in the cases of "modular" companies that may deploy separately from their parent battalion and placed under the control of a "modular" battalion headquarters when they arrive in theater). Billy's squad would be correctly designated as the 2nd Squad, (numbered) Platoon, (lettered) Company, (numbered) Battalion, (numbered) Brigade of the (numbered) Division. Since this designation is fairly complicated for non-military personnel, Billy and his squad mates would most likely be recognized as Soldiers from the same Division (since they would all wear that Division's patch), without mention of their specific unit within the Division.

The reasoning for Billy's squad being called "Bravo Squad" is explained in the book as being a result of incorrect reporting when the video footage of their battle was aired on the news. See more »

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Norm Oglesby: [from trailer] Your story Billy, no longer belongs to you. It's America story now.
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References Boogie Nights (1997) See more »

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A really excellent and unusual film - what one would expect from Ang Lee.
27 November 2016 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

A really excellent and unusual film - what one would expect from Ang Lee. Saw it at AMC Lincoln Square in NYC - the high frame rate 3D was pretty great. I hope to see more films produced in this process. It's not showing this way anywhere else except L.A. but the film should be just as powerful in regular 3D or just flat. Be warned though, it's a bit of a bummer, and the war scenes are truly harrowing, possibly because of the super real 3D, and definitely because of the context within which they are set. The film hit me particularly hard because of recent Thanksgiving encounters with family war vets and sports fanatics. The film is brutally honest and pulls no punches - in the end that is the best way to honor the real soldiers portrayed in the movie.


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