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Battle For Haditha (2009)

Matthew Knoll , Elliot Ruiz , Nick Broomfield  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matthew Knoll, Elliot Ruiz, Eric Mehalacopoulos, Nathan De La Cruz, Andrew McLaren
  • Directors: Nick Broomfield
  • Writers: Nick Broomfield, Anna Telford, Marc Hoeferlin
  • Producers: Anna Telford, Barney Broomfield, Charles Finch, Donall McCusker
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Fisher Klingenstein Films
  • DVD Release Date: January 29, 2013
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FRNB9Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,745 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Battle For Haditha" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio commentary with director Nick Broomfield and actor Elliot Ruiz
  • The making of Battle for Haditha
  • A soldier’s story: In conversation with Eric Mehalacopoulos
  • In the Line of Duty: An interview with Elliot Ruiz
  • Casting tapes: Andrew McClaren, Elliot Ruiz

Editorial Reviews

Battle For Haditha -
November 19th 2005, Haditha, Iraq

Iraqi insurgents bomb a convoy of US Marines, resulting in the death of their
most popular officer. Enraged by this loss, his young Marine buddies carry out a
brutal retaliation. Their violent house-searches lead to the massacre of 24
people, many of whom are women and children - tragic casualties of a war they
cannot control.

The Marines too are victims, attacked, wounded, and forced to respond in the
way they have been trained. But when events occur at great speed and under
extreme stress, can Marines in the line of fire is accused of murder?

Directed, produced, and written by
Nick Broomfield (Ghosts, Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer). The film stars
ex-marines Elliot Ruiz, Andrew McLaren, and Eric Mehalacopoulos, and was
filmed entirely on location in Jerash, Jordan.

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79 of 91 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A powerful film October 30, 2008
By Justin
Before I begin my review I'm going to give you all my biases up front - 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 of Algiers - Criterion Collection", 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 a great 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible March 25, 2014
By DSmith
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It started off okay, but as soon as the action started I couldn't finish the film. The tactics depicted in this movie are completely off, if you have insurgents shooting at you from a higher vantage point every single Marine has been taught to assault through the threat. From POG's and damn sure a Rifle Company which is what is depicted in this film. The film maker seems to want to take this mostly from the vantage point of the Iraqi's. He would like you to believe they have no choice but to keep quiet about Al Qaeda, but because of this they are targeted by the Marines when a roadside IED goes off. We all have choices in life, either good or bad and one way or the other it will come back to you. The acting is terrible and its obvious the Marines are trying to hard to sound like what I suppose is the stereotype of Marines. Bottom line don't waste your time!
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32 of 42 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shameless propaganda October 21, 2012
Classic anti-American, self hating propaganda that gleefully portrays Marines as robotic killing machines. Not terribly surprising given the director's past body of work. This movie belongs in the same class as Michael Moore's files, fiction masquerading as documentary. The actors however, did a magnificent job. Especially noteworthy is the performance of Elliot Ruiz as a troubled Corporal.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The whole story... June 1, 2014
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The producer and director of this film only tell part of the story. It is pointed out that the video was taken by the terrorists themselves. They coached the little girl victim. Look at the final outcome. Six of the eight Marines originally accused in the case had their charges dismissed by military judges, and a seventh was cleared of criminal wrongdoing. One Marine plead guilty to dereliction of duty for giving the order providing negligent verbal instructions to the Marines under his command when he told them to "shoot first and ask questions later,". The terrorists themselves often used civilians as cover and considered "collateral damage" as part of their activity.

This film only tells part of the story. It appears sympathetic to the terrorists and portrays the Marines as immature and undisciplined. I was in the Marine Corps and experienced a tour in Vietnam. I can assure you that while some enlisted personnel are immature, discipline was the order of the day.
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38 of 51 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is an ANTI-MILITARY movie! May 30, 2012
By brad
As a former Marine who lead patrols in Iraq I can say that this is the worst portrayal of Marines I have EVER seen. Almost every second of this movie makes me sick. Marines DO NOT conduct themselves in this manner AT ALL. Do not think for a second that the United States Marine Corps would put up with a single Marine acting in this manner much less an entire unit.

If you are an Anti-American, Anti-Military, propagandist than this movie is for you. It is obvious that this piece of dirt was made by that kind of person.

*******THIS IS A FICTIONAL MOVIE THAT IS WAY OVER DRAMATIZING AN UNFORTUNATE EVENT******* do not for a single second think that the FINEST men and women of these United States conduct them selves this way.
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26 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A gross misrepresentation of the truth October 6, 2009
By Shannon
Clearly no subject matter expert was consulted in the making of this piece of garbage. Broomfield has NO CLUE about Marine Corps policy or protocol in combat operations. I am truly disgusted with this unreal portrayal of US Marines. Broomfield seems to think that any group of cussing aggressive young men can adequately portray Marines. Reality aside, the direction and dialogue are weak. This malicious propaganda is criminal.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
A piece of garbage. Not worth a review
Published 1 day ago by Susie Q
4.0 out of 5 stars relevant portrayal with multiple viewpoints from soldiers, combatants,...
relevant portrayal with multiple viewpoints from soldiers, combatants, and the innocent of the mid-east military conflict and the powerful emotions that drive keaders, combatants &... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Jeff Hakes
1.0 out of 5 stars Just wasted an hour and thirty min. of my life on the worst war movie...
Probably the single worst war movie I have ever seen. Wow, where do I even start?...
1. The acting is nearly painful to watch. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Eric V
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible
Wow! This movie was horrible. I hope everyone in film school sees it so they learn what not to do.
Published 17 days ago by Marcel B.
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Disappointing, too many cliques
Published 27 days ago by jimt155
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Horrible, horrible acting.
Published 1 month ago by William Fregozo
2.0 out of 5 stars I thought it would be better than that
It was OK...I thought it would be better than that.
Published 1 month ago by Butner Creedmoore
1.0 out of 5 stars Sucks!
Leftist hate Amerika, feel sorry for the poor Iraqis BS. This propaganda flik sux!
Published 2 months ago by DDH1961
3.0 out of 5 stars Black eye for the Corps
As a former Marine I can understand the frustration but not the unprofessional and criminal conduct of killing innocent civilian's. Read more
Published 2 months ago by andrew maskiell
3.0 out of 5 stars Tuff topic
I believe.I don't know what to believe. The subject is a tuff but to crack. I would not take this as a documentary. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Patricia S Warren
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