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Battle for Haditha (2007)

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An investigation of the massacre of 24 men, women and children in Haditha, Iraq allegedly shot by 4 U.S. Marines in retaliation for the death of a U.S. Marine killed by a roadside bomb. The movie follows the story of the Marines of Kilo Company, an Iraqi family, and the insurgents who plant the roadside bomb.

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Nick Broomfield
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Knoll Matthew Knoll ... Cpl. Matthews (as Matthew R. Knoll)
Elliot Ruiz Elliot Ruiz ... Cpl. Ramirez
Eric Mehalacopoulos Eric Mehalacopoulos ... Sgt. Ross
Nathan De La Cruz Nathan De La Cruz ... Cpl. Marcus
Andrew McLaren Andrew McLaren ... Capt. Sampson
Jase Willette Jase Willette ... Pfc. Cuthbert
Thomas Hennessy Thomas Hennessy ... Doc (as Thomas Hennessy Jr.)
Tony Spencer Tony Spencer ... Pfc. Roberts
Vernon Gaines Vernon Gaines ... Lance Corporal Sosa
Antonio Tostado Antonio Tostado ... Lance Corporal Jimenez
Ali Adil Disher Ali Adil Disher ... Iraqi Translator (as Ali Adil Aj-kaa)
Yasmine Hanani ... Hiba
Siham Rashid Siham Rashid ... Asma
Majd Hijjawi Majd Hijjawi ... Woman shot in street
Falah Abraheem Flayeh Falah Abraheem Flayeh ... Ahmad (as Falah Flayeh)
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Storyline

In November 2005, US Marines fell into an ambush by Iraqi insurgents and one officer got killed. The reprisals by the the Americans were frightening, resulting in the massacre of 24 people, many of whom women and children. "Battle for Haditha" is the faithful account of this tragic event which scandalized the world. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for war violence, disturbing images, and for pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Surreal [France]

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

7 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Batalha por Haditha See more »

Filming Locations:

Jordan See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,181, 11 May 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,098, 18 May 2008
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was shot in an unconventional way whereas instead of a detailed script, there was only an outline of each scene and where the story was going. Actors would then improvise much of the dialogue based on director Nick Broomfield's instructions. See more »

Goofs

None of the U.S. Marines in the film are wearing any name-tapes on their camouflage uniforms, which is required for all USMC personnel. See more »

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References Dai si gin (2004) See more »

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Very skillful exploration of the Iraq war
11 August 2009 | by avakian1See all my reviews

I just saw this movie and found it very moving. I have spent some time with Iraq veterans and I feel this movie did a very accurate job portraying what they went through.

I think it's important to point out that 12 of the actors, including Ruiz, who plays Corporal Ramirez, are themselves Iraq veterans. Here are some quotes from Ramirez: "I was 17 when I was sent to Iraq, during the initial invasion. We pushed all the way up to Tikrit and I ended up being wounded, I almost lost my life. It's crazy, people don't know the type of things that we go through. That's what I like about the film, it shows that." The concept of taking Iraq refugees and ex-marines to make a movie with no script is brilliant. I felt the improvisation from these actors was likely better and more realistic than anything professional actors could have pulled off. I was also impressed with the production values, especially since no US funds were available for a fair and honest portrayal of such events.


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