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Battle for Haditha (2007) ( Untitled Nick Broomfield/Haditha Documentary )

Matthew Knoll , Eric Mehalacopoulos , Nick Broomfield , Anna Telford    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Matthew Knoll, Eric Mehalacopoulos, Nathan De La Cruz, Andrew McLaren, Elliot Ruiz
  • Directors: Nick Broomfield, Anna Telford
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Tf1 Video
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042D9CVE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,865 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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France released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), French ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: 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. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: San Sebastian International Film Festival,

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114 of 122 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A powerful film with mixed results 30 Oct 2008
By Justin
Format:DVD
Before I begin my review I'm going to give you all my biases up front - I'm an American, I'm a Marine, and I served one tour in Anbar Province in 2007 with a rifle company. Many of my seniors served in the Haditha area and told many-a-tale about that awful place. Having gotten that out of the way, I really wanted to like this movie from the get-go. It obviously draws its inspiration from one of my favorite films, the Gillo Pontecorvo classic "The Battle For Algiers", where many of the characters (including the screenwriter) were insurgents in the conflict rather than professional actors. I've been pretty disgusted with the Iraq films and TV shows that have come out over the past few years. Shooting in the California desert with a bunch of Mexicans dressed up like Arabs is never going to cut the mustard. Iraq has its own look and feel, and the Iraqis have their own style, even compared to the rest of the Arab world.

So I was really excited when I read that "The Battle of Haditha" was shot in Jordan, which is about as close to Anbar as you can get without crossing the border, and used real Iraqis and former-US military personnel. I also liked that Broomfield let them ad-lib most of their lines, giving them a feel of authenticity that no scriptwriter ever can. Broomfield definitely sets standards that every subsequent Iraq film is going to have to live up to. I also liked the controversial topic - there's a reason counterinsurgencies are called "dirty wars" and the Iraqis definitely do an amazing job portraying the mixed loyalties and emotions of many Iraqis as they seek to make some sense out of what was - for many Sunnis - an occupation.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Speechless 17 Mar 2008
Format:DVD
From a director who is never afraid to tell it like it is comes a film which pulls no punches in showing us the war in Iraq is far from a simple case of the 'good' guys and the 'bad'. Motives are blurred and the true horror of the iraq war is vividly portrayed.
This is not an easy watch and I know there will be those who question it's intentions but 'Battle' is not an 'anti-war' film. We are presented with the fact that the soldiers as well as the terrorists are merely human and as such are prone to fear, anger, impukse and acts of horror. By carefully covering the events through three stories, Broomfield examines the events that led to the cause of the shootings as well as the after effects. A master at work, he goes to great detail to make it realistic. Whilst not reaching the gritiness of Paul Greengrass, there is no attempt to glamorise the events and the hand held camera work gets into the actors faces and places us at the centre of the events.
With great music and beautiful photography it is a harrowing but worthy pice of cinema which dares to tell it like it is.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding work 18 Mar 2008
By simonpeggfan VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
As a self-confessed fan of Nick Broomfield I was well aware of his ability to inform, entertain and challenge from his documentary films, however this magnificent film shows just what a great filmmaker he is.

With an unknown cast whose performances draw you into the film you'll be left feeling as if this could really be an accurate reflection of what might have happened.
And this is balanced - the only truly innocent people are the blameless civilians, everyone else is tainted, however much they feel they have their own reasons.

Fantastic, if ultimately somewhat depressing since it can't find solutions to the circle of violence - but a magnificent work!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By The Truth TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I love a good war film, but quite often they're a little bit - how shall I put it? - U!S!A! - HOOOOORAH!!!

This film suffered from the opposite problem. It was too anti-American. It was a good film but the way it portrayed the 'terrorist' to be, I just didn't believe. It almost made them out to be some sort of Angels, tormented by the deaths they caused. I really don't believe the events and deaths of fellow Iraqis really weighs that heavily on your average insurgents conscience - something this film would have you believe it does, much more so than on your average American soldiers. Again I just don't believe that to be true. I'm sure the majority of troops on the ground do not enjoy the innocent blood-shed at least, that surrounds them.

On the whole though the film does give a good idea of the complexities faced by everyone on the ground in Iraq (as if I'd really know such a thing, but you know what I mean) showing the views of US Marines, your average Iraqi and the so called 'terrorists'.

The film is tense and the battle scene in Haditha good - I just felt that overall the film tried to make too much of a statement and because of that, it lost some credibility and realism with me. I'd also liked to have seen the film resolve a bit more, with some sort of comment on what happened to the soldiers involved after the incident came to light. I haven't watched the extras yet, so maybe I'll find that out in there.

I did find the film quite shocking, which is rare for me and it makes for an uncomfortable watch in places, and overall it's a pretty good film. However, I prefer The Hurt Locker by far - a different kettle of fish all together, I know, but hey if you want to watch a war film, I'd suggest you watch that.

If this review was helpful to you at all please give it the thumbs up. Cheers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
was enjoying the film and then it just made me sick
Published 9 days ago by Dave walker
2.0 out of 5 stars I know lots already dislike our military because of their own...
Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but seriously my 40 years in military service , do I believe US troops enter combat as if they are in a movie , announcing they are on... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Born in 47
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I love a good war film..... this is disgusting.....American gungho killing civillians .....should not be shown..should be banned
Published 25 days ago by trapperart
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing and powerful.
A real good watch. Camera work was excellent and it almost played out like a documentary. The acting was excellent, and the film tried to give a balanced view of events, The film... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ricoh
4.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Drama about the Iraqi Conflict, Based on a True Incident
This is a superb documentary style movie about a conflict between US Marines and Iraqi insurgents in Haditha, based on a true story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by William Mason
1.0 out of 5 stars If it bleeds it leads. Soldiers went ape and ...
If it bleeds it leads.

Soldiers went ape and everyone was a loser, except these film makers.

This film will not tax your brain.
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Ian P. Onions
5.0 out of 5 stars The True Face of War
However abhorrent the crimes of the soldiers it is the Political masters who are most guilty for putting young men, who just want to go home, into such a Corrupt War. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Charlez
4.0 out of 5 stars How to make more people join the war against America ...
How to make more people join the war against America , kill there families and hope they just accept it, yeah ok this film shows how the war in Iraq accumulated more resistance not... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Hendon
1.0 out of 5 stars Appalling film..... raises many questions ...
Appalling film.....raises many questions.
Published 2 months ago by Jack64
4.0 out of 5 stars Well acted and shows how wars can easily get out of control and its...
I didn't have high expectations for this film and knew nothing about the incident in Haditha. It surprised me. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stewart Wood
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