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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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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

Product Details

  • 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: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FRNB9Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,011 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Battle For Haditha" on IMDb

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94 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Justin on October 30, 2008
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 By Bishop on May 17, 2014
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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? From there, everything falls apart. Tactics were way off, guys running around and shooting like Rambo. Horrible things happen in war and this movie tried to show that, but in the end it was just silly. Really not worth watching. Your time is probably more valuable than that.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By DSmith on March 25, 2014
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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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55 of 72 people found the following review helpful By brad on May 30, 2012
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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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43 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 21, 2012
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By andrew maskiell on August 7, 2014
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As a former Marine I can understand the frustration but not the unprofessional and criminal conduct of killing innocent civilian's. Marines are not trained to kill non combatants and this is an example of improper leadership and lack of supervision by senior N.C.O's
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Becky on January 22, 2015
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Most people are arguing this movie is terrible because it portrays the United States military in a bad light. First, I don't think this film portrays the Marines any differently than I have seen them portrayed in other media. Second, I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing. ALL sides of a situation should be shown, and this film sympathizes mostly with the Iraqi side. There are plenty of movies designed to sympathize with the American side, there's no reason that a movie from the Iraqi perspective shouldn't be made.

That being said, this move really drags in terms of the pacing. Additionally, it's just kind of poor quality. I don't like saying that, but the sort of "gritty" angle I think they were going for just looks slapdash and cobbled together. None of the actors seem really invested in their characters and none of the cinematography is very compelling. Essentially, I would only recommend this if you are really, really, REALLY interested in Haditha and/or an Iraqi perspective of the Iraq War, enough that you can overlook the poor craftsmanship of this film.
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