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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.


Robert Redford
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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


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Drama | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

9 November 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Leones por corderos See more »


Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,702,434, 2 November 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,998,070, 3 February 2008
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Michael Pena (Rodriquez) & Robert Redford (Professor Omalley) would both eventually play characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU): Pena in the "Antman" franchise and Reford in "Captain America: Winter Soldier". Andrew Garfield also plays superhero character Spiderman who would eventually make it to the MCU but played by Tom Holland. See more »


Prof. Malley describes Todd's position in the early lecture as off to the side away from most of the class. But in the flashbacks, Todd is in the middle of everyone. See more »


Professor Stephen Malley: The decisions you make now, bud, can't be changed but with years and years of hard work to redo it... And in those years you become something different. Everybody does as the time passes. You get married, you get into debt... But you're never gonna be the same person you are right now. And promise and potential... It's very fickle, and it just might not be there anymore.
Todd Hayes: Are you assuming I already made a decision? And also that I'll live to regret it?
Professor Stephen Malley: All I'm saying is that you're an adult now....
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Referenced in Medal of Honor (2010) See more »


Lean wit It
Written and Performed by Herman Beeftink
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"Killing people is helping people?"
11 November 2007 | by screenwriter-14See all my reviews

LIONS FOR LAMBS is a very intelligent and timely film that addresses what we are doing in Afghanistan and our American policy in handling the issues of the Middle East played out via tremendous performances from Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise and Robert Redford, with a strong cast of supporting actors. Watching Meryl Streep as a Journalist interact with Tom Cruise on the screen and the strong dialog that plays between them is a wonderful piece of writing from Matthew Michael Carnahan as they discuss the issues of winning the war in Afghanistan. And, as I am reading THE RACE from Richard North Patterson, seeing the Tom Cruise character play to a Journalist to get his story out is another act of political positioning.

Robert Redford as the Professor and his student, Mr. SC frat boy, discuss what he should do with his life, and hearing about the story of his two students who came before him, plays out perfectly with what is important to accomplish in America today as a young man and woman. The last scene in the film with the young man really questioning his career path is a great one. LIONS FOR LAMBS deserves a large audience, but it may play out as just another political story dealing with Afghanistan and Iraq, and it really deserves the attention and the lessons which the film delivers. As we approach Veterans Day 2007, I will remember the scenes in the Afghan mountains and think of our men and women in uniform attempt to win a war of justice...or, in the end, will they be just LAMBS FOR LIONS?

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