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Battle For Haditha (2009)

Matthew Knoll , Elliot Ruiz , Nick Broomfield  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 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: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FRNB9Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,745 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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60 of 70 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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21 of 26 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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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The only Iraq movie worth a damn August 15, 2008
Format:DVD
I am an Army combat veteran of the Iraq War, and this is the only movie about the war that I've been able to stomach for more than thirty minutes. As a veteran, it is tough to watch simply for the closeness of the situation. The actors do a phenomonal job of portraying American troops in a tough situation, and the direction is fantastic. It is a poignant reminder of what we've gone through in Iraq. For me, the most difficult part to watch is the IED strike. Having survived more than one, I will vouch for the frightening realism of it. The sound of the blast, the dust cloud, the lack of a dramatic hollywood fireball. It gave me chills. I could almost feel the concussion from the blast.

If you are interested in watching a movie about the war, this is the only one I would recommend. The way the marines in the film act is a little over the top sometimes (although most marines I've met are a little over-enthusiastic), but overall it is a good representation of our thoughts, feelings, and fears. I would wholeheartedly recommend this film for any civilian who wants to gain a better insight into what the Iraq War actually looks like.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's easy December 30, 2011
By Rob
Format:Amazon Instant Video
This movie had a good location, the supporting cast was spot on, the feel was close to accurate, The Marines beside from the tactics, speech, execution of orders, and demeanor, was pretty close to accurate. The director did a good job of completely disrespecting , dishonoring and stereotyping the Marine corps These young men who raised their hand, swore an oath, took their bodies and minds to the breaking point, trained, studied and sacrificed everything without expectation of return are shown as ignorant mindless drones who know one thing to kill. If you believe that you are way off. These Marines mostly enlisted straight out of high school are intelligent, precise, highly skilled and dedicated, show a maturity and will very few will achieve in their entire life. These men take great responsibility and excel at any task dropped in their lap. It's easy to sit at a desk completely free of danger and pick apart a report of what happens in combat, I'm not condoning the actions of a few I'm saying when you take men and put them in a oven with poor living conditions, the threat of death, emotional and physical extremes, stress beyond the ability to relax for very long periods of time and forced to make decisions that have consequences for not only you but the brothers you love and would die for. Your emotions shut down, you desensitize to horrific events, and you dehumanize an enemy that is not clearly defined or distinguishable from civilians. Rest all of these things on very young men and then a comrade, your brothers, your family, your closest friend. The men you trust your life to is killed right in front of you... Unless you have been there saw these things and did these things you have no right to judge, condemn or even shake your head at these men. I'm not a marine but I am an OIF veteran who owes his life to a unit of Marines. God bless you
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 9 days 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 11 days ago by Patrick Whitlatch
4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty War Issues
This film draws you in and makes you feel the pain of the families and the soldiers that are in this war torn country.
Published 13 days ago by David Root
1.0 out of 5 stars Unrealistic
I couldn't believe some of the pansy axx crap that was in this movie. Smacking someone with a towel in the shower? Read more
Published 18 days ago by Thomas Stalcup
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart Wrenching Perfect Storm To Disaster
You could almost see how the forces combined to create the level of pain for all concerned.
Gripping and action packed.
Published 24 days ago by Falconson
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible
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... Read more
Published 24 days ago by DSmith
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a can't miss film
Great film! Would purchase this one. Eric Ramirez is a real Marine who served in Iraq, turned extraordinary actor; hope to see a lot from this guy guy in the near future.
Published 1 month ago by Doug
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Bad
Looks like it was made in a weekend. Marines in Our Corp are not as in the film.
Semper Fi.
S/Sgt of Marines
Published 1 month ago by FirstFrontier Florida
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheney's Paid Reviewers
I will say this loud and clear as a Viet Nam Era Marine enlistee and Vet: those Aholes who write bull caca against the portrayals in this film are either 1) Paid RNC shills, 2)... Read more
Published 2 months ago by crosscountryman
5.0 out of 5 stars Felt like I was there
The best documentary I have ever seen... The fact it was done in Jordan gives it an authentic feel the ad lib was perfect. Marines improvise, adapt, and overcome... Semper Fi
Published 2 months ago by Gabriel N Silva Jr
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