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Hell and Back Again (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Action, History | 5 October 2011 (USA)
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What does it mean to lead men in war? What does it mean to come home? Hell and Back Again is a cinematically revolutionary film that asks and answers these questions with a power and ... See full summary »

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Danfung Dennis
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Nathan Harris Nathan Harris ... Himself (as Sgt Nathan Harris)
Ashley Harris Ashley Harris ... Herself
The Marines of Echo Company The Marines of Echo Company ... Themselves
Christian Cabaniss Christian Cabaniss ... Himself (as Lt Col Christian Cabaniss)
Eric Meador Eric Meador ... Himself (as Cot Eric Meador)
Ted Hubbard Ted Hubbard ... Himself (as Lt Edward Hubbard)
Terry Roberts Terry Roberts ... Himself (as Chaplain Terry Roberts)
Doug Webb Doug Webb ... Himself (as SSgt Doug Webb)
Robert Gaines Robert Gaines ... Himself (as Lt Cmdr Robert Gaines)
Matthew Swibe Matthew Swibe ... Himself (as Lt Cmdr Matthew Swibe)
Chris MacDonald Chris MacDonald ... Himself (as Sgt Chris MacDonald)
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What does it mean to lead men in war? What does it mean to come home? Hell and Back Again is a cinematically revolutionary film that asks and answers these questions with a power and intimacy no previous film about the conflict in Afghanistan has been able to achieve. It is a masterpiece in the cinema of war. Written by Danfung Dennis

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USA | UK | Afghanistan

Language:

English | Pushto | Dari

Release Date:

5 October 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Afghanistan

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,413, 9 October 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$40,634

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,949
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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The title is probably a reference to the classic war film To Hell and Back (1955), which starred Audie Murphy as himself in a dramatic re-telling of his experiences as the most decorated American combat soldier of WWII. This could be regarded as a documentary version of the same concept. See more »

Goofs

Despite an establishing shot of the exterior of a Walgreens pharmacy, the scene where Nathan's wife purchases his prescriptions is clearly filmed inside a CVS pharmacy, as seen on the cashier's name tag. See more »

Quotes

Nathan Harris: If I do everything right, and all my men do everything right, I still can die. So You just have to accept it.
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References To Hell and Back (1955) See more »

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Hell And Back
Music & Lyrics by J. Ralph
Performed by Willie Nelson
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Amazing documentary that brings you back, or shows you what it's like before and after.
23 December 2013 | by sudano6890See all my reviews

I want to start off by saying if you don't have any type of military service, I personally don't think you have a right to leave a review of this documentary.

As an OEF veteran, this documentary was really intense and emotional to watch, but only because it brought me back to that country. My tour wasn't anything close to as rough as his, but I know what it's like on some level and I can relate in a general sense. It really shows you how the war in Afghanistan is with no media twists. It shows how we are truly doing our best to help the people of Afghanistan, and also shows his life after the deployment as well. Many people think a soldiers experience with war ends the moment he returns home. This is stuff that stays with you for life, and I really like how they show you both during and after.

This is how it is, so if you want to see what the war in Afghanistan is like without any biased media distorting the information, watch this.


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