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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

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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 »

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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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Decent but lacking....
22 August 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Hell and Back Again" is a film that was inexplicably nominated for an Oscar. I say inexplicably not because of the subject matter but because the film just seemed to be lacking and didn't seem finished. Yet, oddly, it came close to winning the Oscar for the best documentary feature of the year.

The film follows a marine, Nathan Harris, from his tour of duty in Afghanistan to his life at home following his severe injury in action. It goes back and forth again and again to both locations and the transitions back and forth are a bit jarring. So what did I think? Well, some of the film is quite good--such as seeing the tension and hellish battle conditions the men go through. But it also feels like they just ran out of money and stopped making the film--with so much unanswered and Harris's fate very, very uncertain. The film just seems to stop...and is maddening to watch because of this.


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