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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 more »

  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 8 nominations.
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Nathan Harris ...
Himself (as Sgt Nathan Harris)
Ashley Harris ...
The Marines of Echo Company ...
Christian Cabaniss ...
Himself (as Lt Col Christian Cabaniss)
Eric Meador ...
Himself (as Cot Eric Meador)
Ted Hubbard ...
Himself (as Lt Edward Hubbard)
Terry Roberts ...
Himself (as Chaplain Terry Roberts)
Doug Webb ...
Himself (as SSgt Doug Webb)
Robert Gaines ...
Himself (as Lt Cmdr Robert Gaines)
Matthew Swibe ...
Himself (as Lt Cmdr Matthew Swibe)
Chris MacDonald ...
Himself (as Sgt Chris MacDonald)

Directed by

Danfung Dennis

Produced by

Diana Barrett ... co-executive producer: Fledging Fund
Thomas Brunner ... executive producer
Dan Cogan ... executive producer
Steven Cohen ... co-executive producer
David Cumming ... co-executive producer
Ian Darling ... co-executive producer
Danfung Dennis ... producer
Abigail Disney ... co-executive producer: Fork Films
Caroleen Feeney ... co-executive producer
Maxyne Franklin ... co-executive producer: BritDoc Foundation
Pierre Hauser ... co-executive producer: Fork Films
Martin Herring ... producer
Patricia Lambrecht ... co-executive producer
Mike Lerner ... producer
Havana Marking ... executive producer
Karol Martesko ... executive producer (as Karol Martesko-Fenster)
Gernot Schaffler ... executive producer
Juliette Timsit ... co-executive producer

Music by

J. Ralph

Cinematography by

Danfung Dennis

Film Editing by

Fiona Otway

Editorial Department

Stewart Griffin ... colorist
Ben Laffin ... digital intermediate editor
Jenny Raskin ... editorial consultant
Jonathan Liebert ... digital cinema mastering (uncredited)
Caitlin Tartaro ... digital intermediate producer (uncredited)

Production Management

Janet Knipe ... production manager

Art Department

Colin Metcalf Lemon ... art direction: Lemon (as Colin Metcalf) / branding: Lemon (as Colin Metcalf)

Sound Department

Danfung Dennis ... additional sound designer / sound recordist
Arthur Pingrey ... additional sound designer / dialogue editor / re-recording mixer / sound editor
J. Ralph ... dialogue editor / re-recording mixer / sound designer / sound editor / supervising sound editor
Reilly Steele ... re-recording mixer

Camera and Electrical Department

James Andrews ... additional footage (as LCpl James Abdrews)
Todd Crawford ... still photographer

Music Department

Brian Binsack ... second scoring engineer
Bub Jess ... score producer: The Rumor Mill (as Bubb Jess)
Gary Morris ... second scoring engineer
Arthur Pingrey ... music editor / song co-producer
Guy Rabinowitz ... second scoring engineer
J. Ralph ... music designer

Other crew

Rodney Brooks ... accountant
Michael Donaldson ... clearance counsel
Georgie Duncan ... production coordinator
Mohamad Ismail ... translator
Ahmad Fahin Nooristani ... translator
Dana O'Keefe ... sales agent
Karinah Turner ... production coordinator


Dennis J. Burrow ... in remembrance of (as LCpl Dennis J. Burrow)
Jordan Chrobot ... in remembrance of (as LCpl Jordan Chrobot)
Leopold F. Damas ... in remembrance of (as LCpl Leopold F. Damas)
Bruce E. Ferrell ... in remembrance of (as LCpl Bruce E. Ferrell)
David R. Hall ... in remembrance of (as LCpl David R. Hall)
Jeremy S. Lasher ... in remembrance of (as Cpl Jeremy S. Lasher)
Xhacob Latorre ... in remembrance of (as Cpl Xhacob Latorre)
Amir Muihammad ... in remembrance of (as Ana Amir Muhammad)
Javier Olvera ... in remembrance of (as LCpl Javier Olvera)
Gregory A. Posey ... in remembrance of (as LCpl Gregory A. Posey)
Patrick W. Schimmel ... in remembrance of (as LCpl Patrick W. Schimmel)
Charles S. Sharp ... in remembrance of (as LCpl Charles S. Sharp)
James Allen Smith ... thanks
Reilly Steele ... thanks
Jonathan F. Stroud ... in remembrance of (as LCpl Jonathan F. Stroud)
Donald W. Vincent ... in remembrance of (as Pfc Donald W. Vincent)
Nicholas G. Xiarhos ... in remembrance of (as Cpl Nicholas G. Xiarhos)

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Ida y vuelta al infierno (Spain)
  • A pokol mélyéröl (Hungary)
  • В ад и обратно (Russia)
  • Helvetet tur och retur (Sweden)
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  • 88 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $3,413, 09 Oct 2011
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $40,949

Did You Know?

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 »
Movie Connections Edited into Hell and Back Again (2012). See more »
Soundtracks Hell And Back 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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