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The Dry Land (2010)

R | | Drama | 24 January 2010 (USA)
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A U.S. soldier returning home from war struggles to reconcile his experiences abroad with the life and family he left in Texas.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan O'Nan ... James
America Ferrera ... Sarah
Jason Ritter ... Michael
Melissa Leo ... Martha
Wilmer Valderrama ... Raymond Gonzales
Diego Klattenhoff ... Henry
Ana Claudia Talancón ... Adriana
Evan Jones ... Joe Davis
June Diane Raphael ... Susie
Ethan Suplee ... Jack
Zion Sandoval Zion Sandoval ... Ian
Sasha Spielberg ... Sally the Checkout Girl
Benito Martinez ... David Valdez
David Smith David Smith ... Bill
Misty Upham ... Gloria the Receptionist
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Storyline

A thesis picture. James arrives home to West Texas from Iraq. He doesn't remember much about the war, and it's soon clear he has post traumatic stress. He takes a job at an abattoir. After an alcohol-fueled fights with co-workers and his wife, he seeks help at the VA. He returns to find she's leaving him until he can regain control. He leaves his dog with his ailing mother and drives northeast to visit an Army buddy and find out what it is he can't remember. His friend won't say much, so James drives on to Walter Reed Hospital where another friend convalesces. Will James find out what he's repressed, and if he does, will it make anything better? What options does he have? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama

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Rated R for pervasive language, sexual content and disturbing violent situations | See all certifications »

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USA

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 January 2010 (USA) See more »

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American Tragic See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,351, 1 August 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,351, 1 August 2010
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2.35 : 1
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Far From Facts
20 November 2010 | by sajjad_isfSee all my reviews

Writer-director Ryan Piers Williams does, and he has been researching and reading about the subject for five years.The result is "The Dry Land". But how can after five years researching something not fair showed up !

James characteristics is not match with what it have to be, not real. some one who is care about what happen to animals, but human. Compare to others James is more sensitive to small detail of life which is not acceptable, because he just came back from Iraq and what he have done there must made him more though than before and James doesn't remember what he have done in Iraq, that's whole idea to make the movie.

Raymond Gonzales (Wilmer Valderrama) and Henry (Diego Klattenhoff) are quite close to reality of whom had war experience, Raymond still wants to be active and naughty as old days because he missed it and Henry wants to forget everything as he said: "Help me end this".

It's better to show the war effect on both side simultaneously.


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