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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016)

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19-year-old Billy Lynn is brought home for a victory tour after a harrowing Iraq battle. Through flashbacks, the film shows what really happened to his squad - contrasting the realities of war with America's perceptions.

Director:

Ang Lee

Writers:

Ben Fountain (based on the novel by), Jean-Christophe Castelli (screenplay by)
2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Alwyn ... Billy
Garrett Hedlund ... Dime
Arturo Castro ... Mango
Mason Lee ... Foo
Astro ... Lodis (as Brian 'Astro' Bradley)
Beau Knapp ... Crack
Ismael Cruz Cordova ... Holliday
Barney Harris ... Sykes
Vin Diesel ... Shroom
Steve Martin ... Norm
Chris Tucker ... Albert
Kristen Stewart ... Kathryn
Makenzie Leigh ... Faison
Ben Platt ... Josh
Bruce McKinnon ... Billy's Father
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Storyline

2-time Academy Award® winner Ang Lee brings his extraordinary vision to Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, based on the widely-acclaimed, bestselling novel. The film is told from the view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (newcomer Joe Alwyn) who, along with fellow soldiers, is hailed as a 'hero' after a harrowing Iraq battle. He'is brought home for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, the film reveals what really happened to the squad - contrasting the realities of the war with America's perceptions. The film also stars Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, with Vin Diesel, and Steve Martin. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, some war violence, sexual content, and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The film's unconventional stereo 3D, 4K, 120fps shooting format generated a total of 540TB of video footage, and a final delivery file of 84TB. See more »

Goofs

When Billy is telling the team members what kind of weapon he carries he describes it as a "standard M-4 semi-automatic assault rifle". The M-4 carbine (depending on the version) fires in semi-auto and burst/full auto. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Dime: Seatbelts, ladies.
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Soundtracks

5-4-3-2-1 Here We Go
Written and Performed by Blues Saraceno
Courtesy of Extreme Production Music USA
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Curious, but deeply flawed
20 February 2017 | by Smokey_TSee all my reviews

I did not watch this film with preconceptions, and I watched it on a perfectly normal television. So any particular technological advances meant very little me.

It's story was so-so. I never got bored, but then I wasn't expecting an action film. The acting fine. I don't really see how someone can give this a 1/10 or call it the worst this year, or even this month. There could have been more to it, but it almost felt like a biopic to me, and erring on the side of conservatism. The events were not huge, escalated, Brian Lynn did not kill Osama Bin Laden, there was no sex scene with a cheerleader...

The film appeared very 'dry' visually, the clarity I understand now in some part due to Lee's filming at a high frame rate, and resolution. Throughout I drew comparison's to the works of Brian De Palma. Characters would often stand front on to the camera, talking to the camera as if it were the subject in their conversation, and I wonder if this was chosen to foreground the detail, or the 3D in which it was presented in many cinemas, or make the whole thing more 'real' for us the viewers. It felt unreal to me, like those films where they film in a first person. 3D is still very much a gimmick, one that distracts from all but the spectacle in films, weakening dramas when shown in 3D, and everything when presented in 2D. If it's to really go beyond that it needs to be something you either show in 3D, or not at all.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$114,129, 13 November 2016

Gross USA:

$1,738,477

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,930,984
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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