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Valley of the Wolves: Iraq (2006)

Kurtlar Vadisi: Irak (original title)
The film covers through fiction real-life events like the occupation of Iraq, the execution of Daniel Pearl, the Hood event and the Abu Ghraib torture scandal.

Director:

Serdar Akar
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Necati Sasmaz ... Polat Alemdar
Billy Zane ... Sam William Marshall
Ghassan Massoud ... Abdurrahman Halis Karuki (sheikh)
Bergüzar Korel ... Leyla
Gürkan Uygun ... Memati Bas
Kenan Çoban ... Abdülhey Çoban
Erhan Ufak Erhan Ufak ... Erhan Ufak
Diego Serrano ... Dante, Sam's assistant
Gary Busey ... Doctor
Spencer Garrett ... George Baltimore, journalist
Tito Ortiz ... American Major Commander 2
Nusret Senay Nusret Senay ... Turkish Commander
Tayfun Eraslan Tayfun Eraslan ... Süleyman Aslan
Ismet Hürmüzlü Ismet Hürmüzlü ... Abu Tarik (Arab Leader)
Jay Abdo ... Kurdish Leader (as Jihad Abdou)
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The film covers through fiction real-life events like the occupation of Iraq, the execution of Daniel Pearl, the Hood event and the Abu Ghraib torture scandal.

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Some Men Are Born to be Heroes

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

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Official Sites:

Official site [Turkey]

Country:

Turkey

Language:

Arabic | English | Turkish | Kurdish

Release Date:

3 February 2006 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Valley of the Wolves: Iraq See more »

Filming Locations:

Gaziantep, Turkey See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,300,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,465,471
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Pana Film See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film was the the subject of heated discussions in Germany. Originally it was rated "Not under 18" by the FSK, but distributor Maxximum appealed this decision which resulted in a "Not under 16" rating. Then the film became a success, especially amongst turkish teenagers. The success resulted in massive media coverage. This in turn resulted in broad discussions from politicians (especially from the Bavarian conservative CSU party), youth organisations etc. about the films "Anti-American statements" and their influence on youngsters. After another appeal (from the minister for family and integration from Northrhine Westphalia) the FSK raised the rating back to the original "Not under 18". See more »

Goofs

U.S. soldiers in 2003, presumably infantry of the 173rd Airborne, are shown carrying the full-size M16 assault rifle, when in fact most regular U.S. Army infantry at the time carried the M4 carbine. See more »

Quotes

Polat Alemdar: He is God's son.
Memati Bas: Son of a bitch!
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Connections

Followed by Valley of the Wolves Gladio (2009) See more »

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The other side of the medal
23 February 2006 | by rawkiddSee all my reviews

As mentioned before here somewhere, there is a true hysteria on going in Europe about this movie, which i don't understand at all. Why is it, that people get up now and denunciate the content. What is wrong with them guys ? I mean Hollywood produced Bullsh.. for years, and told so called "true" stories one-sided and no one ever said a word about their manipulative policy. Russians have been showed bad and evil for years, then the Japanese, then the Arabian world and it always was OK. Who says, the good guys are always American ? Who says justice is being made by stars'n'stripes ? Once Oliver Stone dragged a whole country and its people in the mud and every consumer thought, ooohhh yeah, so this is what Turkey is about. And when the Turks complained about that movie, Hollywood's answer was: Hey, it's just a movie. Don't take serious. Exact the same thing word, is what I'm saying now: Hey, it's only Showbiz !!! But back to the movie.

Valley of Wolves sure has some lacks in professionalism but what has to be said: the movie is thrilling. Besides the American actors, which are chosen very well, the Turkish ones have some work to do to take place in the higher class. But of course, there are also very touching moments, like the Hospital visit from the main character. The special and action effects are not bad but are too limited in its volume to be really spectacle.

I think it is a solid action movie and for once told from the other side than the usual "hero saves the world" stuff.

cheers.


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