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Battle For Haditha (2009)

Matthew Knoll , Elliot Ruiz , Nick Broomfield  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 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: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FRNB9Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,369 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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72 of 83 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A powerful film October 30, 2008
By Justin
Format:DVD
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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8 of 8 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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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shameless propaganda October 21, 2012
Format:DVD
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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32 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is an ANTI-MILITARY movie! May 30, 2012
By brad
Format:DVD
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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2 of 2 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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22 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A gross misrepresentation of the truth October 6, 2009
By Shannon
Format:DVD
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
2.0 out of 5 stars DONT!
Beginning was very good but then it never went anywhere, sucks!
Published 4 days ago by Ron
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are not a Jar Head like me, then you'll never understand
Brought back some memories during my time in the middle east. If you are not a Jar Head like me, then you'll never understand.
Published 14 days ago by Efrain Figueroa Jr
1.0 out of 5 stars cynical look at our military
Sad events that show loose discipline in our military that I hope are isolated outliers. Would dishearten most Patriots and veterans.
Published 1 month ago by David
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie
I just hope this is not really how things go down in a war. But I can see it happening sadly enough.
Marines portayed in a realistic manner.
Published 1 month ago by jeffrey c snyder
3.0 out of 5 stars war film
I give ot 3 stars because of the way they made the U.SA look,I love my country and when I see or bad things about it I get mad. Read more
Published 2 months ago by md
1.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood producer idea of how Marines operate and what the Iraq war...
This movie may have done a good job of showing what it was like to be a resident of Haditha during the war, but it fails in many other areas. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joseph A. Morley
2.0 out of 5 stars Had potential
Had potential. Until the Marines come under fire from an elevated position AND DON'T TAKE COVER?? Or push through? They just sit out in the open? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bishop
3.0 out of 5 stars repeat
forgot i seen this movie not long ago on Netflix, so there was no need to watch it again this soon.
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Published 3 months ago by Richard W.
2.0 out of 5 stars Microscopic view of that battle
This centers on one incident and doesn't get into the whole battle. It's fairly realistic, but I'm not a professional critic.
Published 3 months ago by pieceoftime
1.0 out of 5 stars S*** movie.
Don't waste your time, this movie was trash. I could hardly make it through the entire thing. Glad I didn't pay for it.
Published 3 months ago by Patrick Whitlatch
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