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Restrepo (2010)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Men of Battle Company 2nd of the 503rd Infantry Regiment 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team The Men of Battle Company 2nd of the 503rd Infantry Regiment 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team ... Themselves
Juan 'Doc Restrepo Juan 'Doc Restrepo ... Himself (archive footage)
Dan Kearney Dan Kearney ... Himself
LaMonta Caldwell LaMonta Caldwell ... Himself
Aron Hijar Aron Hijar ... Himself
Misha Pemble-Belkin Misha Pemble-Belkin ... Himself
Miguel Cortez Miguel Cortez ... Himself
Sterling Jones Sterling Jones ... Himself
Brendan O'Byrne Brendan O'Byrne ... Himself
Joshua McDonough Joshua McDonough ... Himself
Kyle Steiner Kyle Steiner ... Himself
Angel Toves Angel Toves ... Himself
Mark Patterson Mark Patterson ... Himself
Stephen Gillespie Stephen Gillespie ... Himself
Marc Solowski Marc Solowski ... Himself
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Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington's year dug in with the Second Platoon in one of Afghanistan's most strategically crucial valleys reveals extraordinary insight into the surreal combination of back breaking labor, deadly firefights, and camaraderie as the soldiers painfully push back the Taliban. Written by Sundance Film Festival

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One platoon, one valley, one year

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Documentary | War

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Rated R for language throughout including some descriptions of violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Restrepo - Inferno in Afghanistan See more »

Filming Locations:

Afghanistan

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,581, 27 June 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,330,894

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,436,391
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Co-director of Restrepo, Tim Hetherington, was killed on April 20, 2011 while covering the conflict in Libya. See more »

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Joshua McDonough: They're gathering intel right now, basically, on how to deal with us because they haven't - - there's no real research or intel on how to treat us right now because they haven't had to deal with people like us since WWII and Vietnam, you know, dealing with guys that are coming back from 15 month deployments with as much fighting, you know, as we went through.
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A heart-wrenching documentary
18 February 2011 | by KnightsofNi11See all my reviews

This is where documentary filmmaking becomes serious. Whatever you are expecting out of this film, chances are you will get a whole lot more. Restrepo follows a platoon of soldiers in Afghanistan who are defending a valley, Korgengal. It is said to be one of the most dangerous valleys in the entire country and these brave men take fire every single day of their brutal campaign. This is a riveting film and it is one of those that you cannot shake. It gives you a glance into the absolute darkest depths of modern warfare and just how demanding the fighting is both physically and mentally. It is a film that gives you a rare look into the horrors of war. And it is absolutely astounding.

Restrepo is shot at a very personal level. The camera never intrudes on the soldiers during their work, and thank God considering some of the harrowing things they go through in this movie. This film hardly even feels like a documentary in the sense of what we think of documentary today. It is filled with interviews, but the bulk of the movie is truly documenting the lives of these soldiers. We get to see all sides of the emotional spectrum that can be afflicted through trauma. We get to look at how different people cope with such horrors as are experienced in this film. And it is all through such respectful eyes. I never once thought, 'Wow, they should really stop filming this.' Every moment of the film feels so important and the fact that all this was so clearly and eloquently caught on camera is astounding.

The unequivocally greatest thing about this film is the fact that it has absolutely no political agenda. It really has no alternative motive other than telling the story of these incredibly brave soldiers. The film only seeks to honor the brave men who served our country in the most dangerous area imaginable. This film isn't for the political leaders responsible for the war. It isn't for the military commanders that send these soldiers into battle. This movie is for the soldiers themselves. It is a true soldier's film in every sense. It has a very stern focus on the individual. It makes such an important point out of this aspect that it could have possibly gone even further. There are a lot of men in this platoon and thus we don't get to know any one person particularly well. We get to know the platoon well as a whole and how each man interacts with his fellow soldiers and how they all deal with loss and tragedy. Each individual soldier in this movie is important and the movie strives to show how meaningful that is. It is a remarkably important aspect of the film.

You won't see many documentaries like this, and there's probably a good reason for this. The kind of footage captured in Restrepo isn't easy to get and you have to be just as brave as the soldiers themselves if you are to accompany them into battle to document their bravery. But thankfully when the opportunity to get such unforgettable footage arose, it was all put together extremely well. This is not an easy film to watch, but in the end it is so remarkably worth it.


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