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Battle for Haditha (2007)

R | | Drama, History, War | 7 May 2008 (USA)
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An investigation of the massacre of 24 men, women and children in Haditha, Iraq allegedly shot by 4 U.S. Marines in retaliation for the death of a U.S. Marine killed by a roadside bomb. The movie follows the story of the Marines of Kilo Company, an Iraqi family, and the insurgents who plant the roadside bomb.

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Nick Broomfield
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Knoll Matthew Knoll ... Cpl. Matthews (as Matthew R. Knoll)
Elliot Ruiz Elliot Ruiz ... Cpl. Ramirez
Eric Mehalacopoulos Eric Mehalacopoulos ... Sgt. Ross
Nathan De La Cruz Nathan De La Cruz ... Cpl. Marcus
Andrew McLaren Andrew McLaren ... Capt. Sampson
Jase Willette Jase Willette ... Pfc. Cuthbert
Thomas Hennessy ... Doc (as Thomas Hennessy Jr.)
Tony Spencer Tony Spencer ... Pfc. Roberts
Vernon Gaines Vernon Gaines ... Lance Corporal Sosa
Antonio Tostado Antonio Tostado ... Lance Corporal Jimenez
Ali Adil Disher Ali Adil Disher ... Iraqi Translator (as Ali Adil Aj-kaa)
Yasmine Hanani ... Hiba
Siham Rashid Siham Rashid ... Asma
Majd Hijjawi Majd Hijjawi ... Woman shot in street
Falah Abraheem Flayeh Falah Abraheem Flayeh ... Ahmad (as Falah Flayeh)
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Storyline

In November 2005, US Marines fell into an ambush by Iraqi insurgents and one officer got killed. The reprisals by the the Americans were frightening, resulting in the massacre of 24 people, many of whom women and children. "Battle for Haditha" is the faithful account of this tragic event which scandalized the world. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for war violence, disturbing images, and for pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Surreal [France]

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

7 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Batalha por Haditha See more »

Filming Locations:

Jordan See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,181, 11 May 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,098, 18 May 2008
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was shot in an unconventional way whereas instead of a detailed script, there was only an outline of each scene and where the story was going. Actors would then improvise much of the dialogue based on director Nick Broomfield's instructions. See more »

Goofs

During the scene on the raid of the second house, the scene is shot from under a bed. A grenade is rolled into a room and the soldiers leave. When they return they start shooting. The shells that hit the ground are clearly blanks, as can be seen from the shell tips. See more »

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If You Liked Bloody Sunday & United 93
19 September 2007 | by Movie-JaySee all my reviews

I just saw this movie at the Toronto Film Festival, and it's going to create much controversy as the weeks pass until this film finally opens. I think those who are against a movie before they even see it are saying something about themselves, not the film. Watch it, and then make up your mind. This movie, like United 93 or Bloody Sunday, is told moment to moment, keeps it's head down and just moves forward without judgment or commentary. The movie isn't aware of the past or future, it only knows what it knows through the characters we follow, some of whom are American soldiers, some are innocent Iraqi families, others are terrorists. This movie does a wise thing by simply showing things from all points of view. I can't wait until it's released because it needs to be talked about.

At the premiere for the film, we learn that many of the actors on the American front are actually soldiers who fought in Iraq. The head of the platoon is especially good, and could go on and have a career as an actor.


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