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Badland (2007)

R | | Drama | 8 May 2008 (Germany)
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An American soldier is unable to cope with the realities of daily life after he returns from his tour of duty in Iraq.

Director:

Francesco Lucente

Writer:

Francesco Lucente (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jamie Draven Jamie Draven ... Jerry Rice
Grace Fulton ... Celina Rice
Vinessa Shaw ... Nora Rice
Joe Morton ... Max Astin
Chandra West ... Oli Danilou
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jenae Adam Jenae Adam ... Kid at Playground #1
Luc Adam Luc Adam ... Kid at Playground #2
Larry Austin Larry Austin ... Motel Owner
Harvey Bourassa Harvey Bourassa ... Cafe Customer #1
Louie Campbell Louie Campbell ... Ray
Tom Carey ... Louie
Jake Church ... Stevie
Amy Cook Amy Cook ... Kid at Playground #3
Ryan Cook Ryan Cook ... Kid at Playground #4
Dennis Corrie Dennis Corrie ... Fire Captain Baker
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An American soldier is unable to cope with the realities of daily life after he returns from his tour of duty in Iraq.

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war wound | murder | See All (2) »

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When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross. Sinclair Lewis

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong disturbing violence and pervasive language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 2008 (Germany) See more »

Filming Locations:

Black Diamond, Alberta, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,924, 30 November 2007, Limited Release
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Badland Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Filming of the two minute scene in front of Mackenzie House in Fort MacLeod took more than five days to shoot because of delays caused by the strange winds that caused the camera batteries to die after only one or two takes were shot. See more »

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ALL THE WILD HORSES
Performed by Ray LaMontagne (Ray LaMontagne)
Written by Ray LaMontagne
Courtesy of The RCA Record Label
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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A harsh film that is worth watching
22 May 2007 | by Christina MeetooSee all my reviews

This is a quite long film (almost 3 hours) but you don't really see the time pass by as it is very poignant and gripping. The scenario is well constructed, acting is excellent as well as film direction. There are some glitches (like a wound in the girl's hand that appears completely healed in a scene then is shown again with a bloody plaster on it in the next one) but they are very minor.

Overall, it is an excellent film about the traumatic and dramatic results of war on the psyche and life of American soldiers when they come back to the States. Jamie Draven plays the role of Jerry, an American soldier who has tremendous difficulties to adjust to normal life again. To make matters worse, his wife thinks he is an a**hole, they live in a sordid home and environment with three children and a fourth one is in the womb. Jerry commits something tragic (can't say what… would be a spoiler) and as a consequence, engages in a drama-laden trip in his homeland with a constant refusal to accept full redemption leading to a tragic end for the only thing that could have saved him from himself (can't say what again;-)

The penultimate flash scene could have been removed as it unrealistically questions the whole story's existence. Whereas the whole film could shock audiences, that scene tries to come back on that jolt like they were not so sure about going the full length. Anyway, fortunately it was a very short scene which you could choose to ignore…


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