Two veterans of the Bosnian War, one American, one Serbian, find their unlikely friendship tested when one of them reveals their true intentions.


Evan Daugherty





Complete credited cast:
Robert De Niro ... Benjamin Ford
John Travolta ... Emil Kovac
Milo Ventimiglia ... Chris Ford
Elizabeth Olin ... Sarah Ford
Diana Lyubenova Diana Lyubenova ... Elena
Kalin Sarmenov Kalin Sarmenov ... Serbian
Stefan Shterev Stefan Shterev ... Bar Customer


Killing Season tells the story of two veterans of the Bosnian War, one American, one Serbian, who clash in the Appalachian Mountain wilderness. FORD is a former American soldier who fought on the front lines in Bosnia. When our story begins, he has retreated to a remote cabin in the woods, trying to escape painful memories of war. The drama begins when KOVAC, a former Serbian soldier, seeks Ford out, hoping to settle an old score. What follows is a cat-and-mouse game in which Ford and Kovac fight their own personal World War III, with battles both physical and psychological. By the end of the film, old wounds are opened, suppressed memories are drawn to the surface and long-hidden secrets about both Ford and Kovac are revealed. Written by producer

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The purest form of war is one on one.


Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, some torture, and language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The original script was set in the 1970s. See more »


At the beginning of the film, when US soldier is opening railway car he is wearing gas mask. In the next shot soldier no longer has mask and covers his face with his hand. See more »


[first lines]
Emil Kovac: For 18 years I have waited.
[stands to leave]
Serbian: So what now?
Emil Kovac: Hunting. I am going hunting.
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Crazy Credits

Being the actual footage only 80 minutes long, the film contains a slow paced, 10 minutes end credits sequence to enlarge the overall running time of the movie. See more »


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Not their best but still a good movie.
15 July 2013 | by matty241090See all my reviews

I think the problem with this film is the actors are always placed on a extremely high pedestal and any slip up or under par performance and they are shot to bits. I definitely agree with people when they say this film wasn't a 10 star blockbuster but also disagree with the ratings of 3 or below. I believe De Niro and Travolta performed as well as they could with the script that was provided.

Nicolas Cage was to be Benjamin Ford originally but was replaced by De Niro, I think i would have expected Cage to lower the standard of this movie a lot if he actually was cast in the end.

One of the main criticisms of the film was Travoltas accent. I mean it could have been a lot worse but it still was noticeable. I think casting a actor with a genuine accent would have been the smartest bet. After all De Niro would have been all it took for me to watch this without Travolta in it at all.

I'm not familiar with the war at all so can't comment on any of the accuracy of it or any faults they have with it.

The main part of the movie with the cat and mouse chase through the woodland around Benjamin Fords home was very suspenseful not know what the outcome of there very own war of revenge. The couple of torture scenes may be hard to watch by some people as they are quite graphic. Apart from the accent issue i enjoyed the movie. The story was there and the actors defiantly were. Maybe the script could have done with slight tweaking but if you can overlook that then you will enjoy it. 5.5/10

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Release Date:

25 July 2013 (Israel) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,713, 14 July 2013

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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