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Kurtlar Vadisi: Irak (2006)

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.

Directors:

Serdar Akar, Sadullah Sentürk (co-director)

Writers:

Ömer Lütfi Mete (script supervisor), Raci Sasmaz | 2 more credits »
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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)
Gürkan Uygun ... Memati Bas
Bergüzar Korel ... Leyla
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

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Action | Adventure | 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)

Opening Weekend:

TRL 7,677,420 (Turkey), 5 February 2006, Limited Release
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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

Some Americans are seen firing their M16s on full automatic, when in fact the current version of the M16 only allows for 3-round bursts. See more »

Quotes

Memati Bas: "He was son of God." Son of bitch.
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Followed by Valley of the Wolves: Homeland (2017) See more »

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Just a B-action movie, but behind it is a very good message
23 February 2007 | by AylmerSee all my reviews

It's actually surprisingly slick for a Turkish movie, considering it's also part of an ongoing TV series, kinda like their "24".

The Good:

The actors all did well, and I'm surprised to see so many real American actors, including Busey and Zane in such a blatantly anti-war movie. The music The cinematography The editing The special effects

The Bad:

The production design is cheap by movie standards. The US military uniforms are not very believable and many of the US soldiers speak with thick accents (especially the jailer at Abu Ghraib). The plot is not believable, with the four Turkish special forces guys taking out a LOT of American G.I.'s at the climax. The US soldiers are shown to be cartoonishly evil - one guy even kills one of his own men for threatening to tell on him for killing some Iraqi civilians! Gary Busey as a Jewish Doctor harvesting organs to send to the West - a bit far fetched.

As ludicrous as it gets, this movie is a real eye-opener to how the Islamic world sees us. The war is controversial and polarizing here, just like this movie and most Americans are gonna love it or hate it long before they actually watch it. I liked it. One almost never sees an American (non-documentary) movie with the guts to be so completely one-sided, especially when our questionable foreign policy is involved. US soldiers as the bad guys, led by a fanatical Christian zealot, is definitely not something one sees every day. This movie is kinda like THE OMEGA CODE 2 turned on its head. Between the bad and the good, VALLEY OF THE WOLVES: IRAQ at least never fails to be entertaining.


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