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Battle for Haditha (2007)

R | | Drama, History, War | 7 May 2008 (USA)
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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 ... 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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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 »

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Most of the U.S. Marines in the film are seen with M16A2 rifles, although the M16A4 rifle had largely replaced the M16A2 in front-line USMC service by the time the movie took place (late 2005). See more »

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References Breaking News (2004) See more »

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better than i expected
1 April 2008 | by SEVEREcriticSee all my reviews

i personally never heard of Mr. Bloomfield, so i had no real intention of watching this film till i saw it mentioned in the message boards for other films. that said, i must say this was the best in the recent slew of Iraq war films (like Redacted, Home of the Brave, etc.) i half expected it to be like Redacted and was pleasantly surprised to find it much better. i think it really brought out the fact that there are multiple sides to a story, and did so without too much bias. being a Muslim myself i must admit that it seemed a little inclined towards Iraqis, with Marines portrayed as undisciplined and emotionless (though one of the protagonists feels guilt and in reality this incident caused an uproar). there are no A-list actors, which in a sense, actually made the movie better because you almost see the actors as the characters themselves (especially since a lot of the dialog is improvised). i think it was well made, and well thought out. better than expected. i wonder what the US reaction would if/when it has a release there? unlike Moore's work (as stated by another user here) neither party is shown as completely innocent or completely evil. i'm not sure if this is exactly how the incident took place, but if it is, then there is certainly some food for thought in this movie.


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