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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016)

R | | Drama, War | 18 November 2016 (USA)
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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.



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Billy's Father


Two-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 point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (newcomer Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, 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. Lee used new technology, shooting at an ultra-high frame rate for the first time in film history, to create an immersive digital experience helping him dramatize war in a way never seen before. Lee directed and produced the film, from a screenplay by Jean-Christophe ... Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Drama | War

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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Release Date:

18 November 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Longa Caminhada de Billy Lynn  »

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Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$901,062 (USA) (18 November 2016)


$1,721,524 (USA) (2 December 2016)

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1.85 : 1
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The first film to be shot using a 120 frame rate. See more »


Throughout the movie the members of Bravo are seen wearing the patch of the 1st Infantry Division on both shoulders of their uniforms. By tradition the insignia on the right shoulder would be unit a soldier previously served with in combat (Sergeant Shroom has the 101st's on his). Since this is the first combat tour for most of the squad there wouldn't be anything on them. **However, in Iraq it was traditional for units to award FWTS-SSIs ("combat patches") to troops after 30 days in theater, so this is not necessarily an error. See more »


Shroom: We are a nation of children, Billy. We go somewhere else to grow up, sometimes die.
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References Boogie Nights (1997) See more »


Written by Richard Christopher Harrison (as Rich Harrison), Sean Garrett, T.I. (as Clifford Harris), Beyoncé Knowles, Lil' Wayne (as Dwayne Carter), Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland (as Kelendria Rowland)
Performed by Destiny's Child
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A movie with a rich casting.
22 March 2017 | by (Dubai) – See all my reviews

Dubai International Film Festival Gala Screening December 8, 2016.

Much expected movie from Ang Lee.

The movie experiments with 125 frames per second shooting. The movie Saving Private Ryan has experimented with higher shutter speed to get the real war feeling. But, 125 frames per second had any impact on the audience? I was searching for the difference in the theater.

The film involves many aspects of a soldier. He is honored for the most terrible experience of his life.

The past scenes of the soldier at the war field is recollected on his journey to the the honoring ceremony. His family, a sister who was badly injured in an accident, but lives with scars compels him to quit this job and join the family. He falls in affection with a girl he meets on the ceremony. The ceremony was not as sweet as they expected. Unfavorable situations hit the soldiers.

The movie is a collage of all these emotions. Definitely not the best of Ang Lee, but a movie watchable as you like it. The signature of Ang Lee can be seen in a few scenes. Reference of Vin Diesel to the Hindu mythology was interesting.

The movie has good star cast, but Ang Lee made the stars subtle without shining. He made the stars suitable for the character.

There is a cliché of glorified act. The world police force America kicked to open the doors of a sleeping family with kids and ladies, then arrests a man. Soldiers invade another country and the soldiers sufferings are glorified, as usual in all the American films.


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