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Battle Scars (2015)

TV-MA | | Drama , War | 20 May 2015 (USA)
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Battle Scars examines the war experience as well as the wrenching change many veterans face on returning home. Luke Stephens (Zane Holtz) shows up on his brother Nicky (Ryan Eggold)'s ... See full summary »

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Danny Buday

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zane Holtz ... Luke Stephens
Heather McComb ... Michelle
Fairuza Balk ... Rifka
David James Elliott ... Frank Stephens
Ryan Eggold ... Nicky Stephens
Jamal Woolard ... Dre
Kristen Renton ... Summer
Amy Davidson ... Jules Stephens
Essence Atkins ... Elsie Ramirez
Charles Michael Davis ... Ramirez
Charles Carpenter ... Military Officer
Chacko Vadaketh ... Dr. Shah
George Young Warner ... Paramedic #1
Sam Gros Sam Gros ... Paramedic #2
Reedy Gibbs Reedy Gibbs ... Nurse
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Battle Scars examines the war experience as well as the wrenching change many veterans face on returning home. Luke Stephens (Zane Holtz) shows up on his brother Nicky (Ryan Eggold)'s doorstep after a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Suffering from both PTSD and physical wounds, unseen but devastating, Luke wants nothing more than to forget the war, but his veteran father (David James Elliott) won't let him. At a local strip club, run by a ruthless killer (Fairuza Balk), Luke crosses paths with Michelle (Heather McComb) who leads him into a violent world every bit as dangerous and isolating as the brutality he desperately tried to leave behind in Afghanistan. Written by Stacey Forrester

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Drama | War

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Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 2015 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Prelude comments on Battle Scars:'Over a decade of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan has left more than 30,000 soldiers seriously wounded from improvised explosive devices' 'Twice the amputee rate of World War Ii and Vietnam'. Average Department Of Defense compensation for a limb lost in combat.....$50,000 Dollars'. See more »

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After Luke gets in the fight he has a black eye that is very clearly just makeup. It is made very dark to look like a very bad injury however there is no swelling at all. See more »

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Come On N Git It
Composed by Justin Crosby (ASCAP)
Published by Audiosparx (ASCAP)
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Not the great modern veteran's story
27 September 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Seeing the blurb at the Redbox rental I took Battle Scars and hoped in fact I would get a film about veterans going through rehabilitation to civilian life in a modern setting. So many good films like The Best Years Of Our Lives, Till The End Of Time, The Men, and Coming Home dealt with that issue.

But Battle Scars is light years away from that. Our protagonist here is Zane Holtz back from Afghanistan where he was wounded in a nasty firefight. He's back home, but his brother drags him into his world of sleazy clubs and narcotics.

The brother Ryan Eggold is no prize. Worse though is David James Elliott the father and probably the only name you might know in the cast especially if you watched the TV series JAG. He's an a number one blowhard who was in the Gulf War in the Bush 41 administration. Never stops talking about his service and thinks that the PTSD that his son is suffering from is a lot of crap. Very supportive.

The film is sincere, but it really moves at a sluggish pace and the acting shows no direction at all.

Here's hoping a modern Best Years Of Our Lives Is Made.


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