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In the Valley of Elah (2007)

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Tommy Lee Jones Tommy Lee Jones
Hank Deerfield
Charlize Theron Charlize Theron
Det. Emily Sanders
Jason Patric Jason Patric
Lt. Kirklander
Susan Sarandon Susan Sarandon
Joan Deerfield
James Franco James Franco
Sgt. Dan Carnelli
Barry Corbin Barry Corbin
Arnold Bickman
Josh Brolin Josh Brolin
Chief Buchwald

Written by
Paul Haggis Paul Haggis
Mark Boal Mark Boal


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A Great Movie For A Select Audience

9 years, 9 months ago at Oct 28 9:12
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Make no mistake about it; your view of the Iraq War will likely determine how you feel about this film.

In a word, this film is moving. Few non-documentary films have been so impactual. Personally, this film gave me a renewed compassion for those soldiers who are sent to war.

While this film does have its messages, it's not necessarily beating its chest trying to be a... read more

This one makes you think

8 years, 6 months ago at Jan 13 7:54
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As I was watching this movie, I thought they couldn't have picked a better person for the lead with Tommy Lee Jones. He plays the tough SOB really well and makes you really not want to be on his bad side. His character leads us through the story and Jones carries the movie all the way.

On the surface this movie is a murder mystery with the backdrop of soldiers returning from Iraq ... read more

A great underrated movie

6 years, 11 months ago at Aug 20 8:20
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I remember it very well, back then, in 2005, when ‘Crash’ won the oscar for the best picture it was a big scandal. Everyone thought that ‘Brokeback Mountain’ was pretty much a shoe-in to win whereas some loved ‘Crash’ and some hated it. Personally, I neither really loved it or hated it and I thought it was a decent movie but it was definitely not great and it had some huge flaws. Anywa... read more
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When model soldier Mike Deerfield (Jonathan Tucker) mysteriously goes AWOL, shortly after returning to the U.S. from the front lines in Iraq, his career officer father Hank (Tommy Lee Jones), enlists the aid of police detective Emily Sanders (Charlize Theron) in the search for his son. His wife Joan (Susan Sarandon) also joins them to uncover the truth of his disappearance. Written and directed by Paul Haggis ("Crash"). Inspired by Mark Boal's Playboy Magazine article.
Release date: 28 September 2007
Tags: Drama (14), 2007 (12), War (8), Mystery (8), Military (8), Crime (6), Murder (6), 2000s (5), Iraq (5), Suicide (4), Immigrant (4), Thriller (4), Based On True Story (3), Iraq War (3), (2), Lie (2), Suicide Bombing (2), Box Office Flop (2), Punched In The Face (1), Police Chief (1)
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