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Home of the Brave (2006)

Three soldiers struggle to readjust to life at home after returning home from a lengthy tour in Iraq.

Director:

Irwin Winkler

Writers:

Mark Friedman (screenplay), Mark Friedman (story) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Samuel L. Jackson ... Will Marsh
Jessica Biel ... Vanessa Price
Brian Presley ... Tommy Yates
50 Cent ... Jamal Aiken (as Curtis Jackson)
Christina Ricci ... Sarah Schivino
Chad Michael Murray ... Jordan Owens
Victoria Rowell ... Penelope Marsh
Jeffrey Nordling ... Cary (as Jeff Nordling)
Vyto Ruginis ... Hank Yates
Sam Jones III ... Billy Marsh
James MacDonald ... Ray
Sandra Nelson ... V.A. Hospital Doctor
Jack Serino ... Pvt. Shar
Brendan Wayne ... Spc. Pendilla
Mohamed Zinathlah Mohamed Zinathlah ... Amad Kamal
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Storyline

The day after they get the word they'll go home in two weeks, a group of soldiers from Spokane are ambushed in an Iraqi city. Back stateside we follow four of them - a surgeon who saw too much, a teacher who's a single mom and who lost a hand in the ambush, an infantry man whose best friend died that day, and a soldier who keeps reliving the moment he killed a civilian woman. Each of the four has come home changed, each feels dislocation. Group therapy, V.A. services, halting gestures from family and colleagues, and regular flashbacks keep the war front and center in their minds. They're angry, touchy, and explosive: can a warrior find peace back home? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Coming home is the real battle. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for war violence and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Morocco

Language:

English | Spanish | Arabic

Release Date:

1 March 2007 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

A Volta dos Bravos See more »

Filming Locations:

Morocco See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,261, 13 May 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$49,753
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Samuel L. Jackson and Christina Ricci appeared in Black Snake Moan (2006). See more »

Goofs

When one soldier is told to fire the AT-4 at a gunman on the roof, he is holding it backwards when he is firing it. The rocket comes out of the smaller end of the tube, not the larger. See more »

Quotes

Penelope Marsh: Will, what happened over there?
Will Marsh: I don't really remember. You know. It's like a dream. Hazy dream.
Penelope Marsh: Then tell me. I wanna know.
Will Marsh: Do you? Wanna know what a blast wound looks like? What an OR in the desert smells like? What really happens to them? How they die? You really wanna know? You want us to come back like nothing ever happened. You don't want to get your hands dirty with the details.
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References Band of Brothers (2001) See more »

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sincere but may be too sincere
22 May 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

After getting notice that they're soon going home, an American unit gets ambushed in Iraq. Will Marsh (Samuel L. Jackson) leads the drivers. Single mom Vanessa Price (Jessica Biel) survives a blast but loses her hand. Tommy Yates (Brian Presley) holds his dying best friend Owens in his arms. Jamal Aiken (50 Cent) gets hurts tripping over some bricks. They return to Spokane. Surgeon Marsh is dealing PTSD and his anti-war son Billy. Yates loses his job. Price deals with her hand and angry Aiken is haunted by killing a civilian.

The opening action scenes contain both the good and the bad of this movie. It does some compelling action. It's got good intensity. Then this ends in one of the most old-fashion melodramatic overwrought-music cry-holding-dying-buddy scene possible. That is the pull-push of this movie. It is sincere in its portrayal of the home front but it is also very on-the-nose. It's got good intentions. Everybody is acting well. It does need to pull back the melodrama.


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