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

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Country:

USA

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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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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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The movie's title comes from Private First Class Juan "Doc" Restrepo, whose memory is also honored in the company's isolated base camp, OP Restrepo. 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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Grunt's Eye View of a Depressing War
22 February 2011 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

Filmmakers Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger take their cameras into the trenches for a "day in the life" look at what it's like to fight in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, nicknamed the most dangerous place on earth.

There, a platoon of battle-weary men fight the Taliban, an elusive spectre of an enemy that they rarely actually see. They seem to have little interest in what they're doing or why they're doing it; they only come alive immediately after a fire-fight (of which they have at least 3 or 4 a day), when the adrenaline of battle gives them a natural high. The rest of the time they spend going about their more mundane duties, feeling at all times like fish in a barrel.

Late into the film, one of their men is killed in a battle that pretty much all of them agree was one of their worst moments during the whole period. Other men had been killed, but this seems to be one of the first that the men actually see die before their eyes. It has a devastating effect -- they collapse into sobs and turn instantly from fighting men into small boys, and our hearts go out to them with compassion and the frustrated regret that they have to live like this while the rest of us go about our cushy existence.

"Restrepo" confirms what a lot of fictional accounts of the War on Terror (or whatever it is we're calling it now) have suggested: the feelings of determination and vengeance that got us into all of these messy military conflicts have long since given way to depressed resignation. No one is really sure what we're doing anymore, these soldiers least of all, and watching "Restrepo" didn't feel much different from watching a documentary about Vietnam.

Grade: A


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