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Lions for Lambs (2007)

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Injuries sustained by two Army rangers behind enemy lines in Afghanistan set off a sequence of events involving a congressman, a journalist and a professor.

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Robert Redford
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Redford ... Professor Stephen Malley
Meryl Streep ... Janine Roth
Tom Cruise ... Senator Jasper Irving
Michael Peña ... Ernest Rodriguez
Andrew Garfield ... Todd Hayes
Peter Berg ... Lt. Col. Falco
Kevin Dunn ... ANX Editor
Derek Luke ... Arian Finch
Larry Bates ... Soldier
Christopher May ... Soldier
David Pease David Pease ... Soldier
Heidi Janson Heidi Janson ... Soldier
Christopher Carley ... Sniper
George Back George Back ... Student
Kristy Wu ... Student
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Storyline

Three stories told simultaneous in ninety minutes of real time: a Republican Senator who's a presidential hopeful gives an hour-long interview to a skeptical television reporter, detailing a strategy for victory in Afghanistan; two special forces ambushed on an Afghani ridge await rescue as Taliban forces close in; a poli-sci professor at a California college invites a promising student to re-engage. Decisions press upon the reporter, the student, and the soldiers. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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If you don't STAND for something, you might FALL for anything See more »

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Drama | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Leones por corderos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,702,434, 2 November 2007

Gross USA:

$14,998,070
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In an interview to the Variety magazine, Tom Cruise said he had made the film out of deep respect for Robert Redford's body of work, which he said had inspired him since Ordinary People (1980). See more »

Goofs

When Rodriguez and Arian are giving their presentation, they place letters of induction on the projector to show the class they enlisted. A letter of induction is a draft notice. The draft was over for over thirty years when the movie takes place, and since they volunteered, they would have used DD Form 4/1 "Enlistment and Reenlistment Document" See more »

Quotes

Senator Jasper Irving: Through precise military action, we will take the essential first step.
Janine Roth: First step? But what have we been doing for the past six years, Senator? World War II took less than five.
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Connections

Edited into Lions for Lambs: World Premiere Special (2007) See more »

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Lean wit It
Written and Performed by Herman Beeftink
Courtesy of Elite Source Music Productions
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Partially insulting, but mildly engaging
6 November 2007 | by oneloveallSee all my reviews

Here we have what will likely be a divisive movie that, despite intentions to admirably show American ambiguities and hypocrisies lying on many sides of the terrorism debate, rears an unmistakable liberal sentiment underneath a dumbed-down script (realizing who wrote this further's the disturbance) and overly dramatic performances.

Three inter-cut narratives (two excessively talky/preachy, one repetitiously bland) do little at forming a cohesive whole until everything shoddily comes together near the end, but despite all that the film goes by generally quick with enough "provocotive-popcorn" moments to engage a large crowd of people who like their reality-based dramas spoon fed.

I suppose it is a good thing Lions for Lambs manages to fit in an empty mind's worth of quotable, bite-sized flavored, crispity controversies when addressing all us knuckleheads who let others do much of the dirty laundry our country currently washes. Those engaged by some of the US/Mideast documentaries to emerge over the past half-decade though, stay away to avoid suppressing your inner cynic.


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