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A fictional story inspired by true events, Redacted is a feature film centered around a small group of American soldiers stationed at a checkpoint in Iraq. Redacted alternates points of view between these soldiers, the media and the local Iraqi people, illuminating how each group is deeply affected by the current conflict and their encounters with each other.


Brian De Palma’s ferocious Redacted is one of a number of cinematic protests against the Iraq War and the withholding of information and images about the war from the U.S. public. But it is also shares De Palma’s perennial interest in the relationship between film and violence, a relationship that has changed significantly in the real world because of the Internet, cable news, and the ubiquity of camcorders on the ground in Iraq. In a world more intent than ever on watching everything, De Palma has fashioned Redacted to look like a daisy chain of found footage taken from disparate sources. These include an American soldier’s video journal (which, not insignificantly, is also supposed to be that soldier’s audition piece for film school), a French documentary, a security camera at the edge of an army compound, and streaming video online from insurgents and military families alike. Taken together, Redacted recreates the kind of Iraq War scenes we’ve heard about for years: soldiers kidnapped or felled by booby traps, pregnant women and children shot by American guards at military checkpoints because Iraqi drivers misunderstand orders, etc. With mood and setting firmly established, Redacted then tells the story of an atrocity ripped from headlines in 2006: the rape and murder of an Iraqi teen, as well as the murder of her family, by American soldiers who then proceed to cover up their crime. Meanwhile, other soldiers, well-meaning witnesses to what happened, implode with doubt and uncertainty about what to do. In a way, Redacted is really about the paralysis of ordinary Americans confronted by the horror of our collective misjudgment about Iraq. It's a work of fiction using actors, meaning that De Palma employs a verisimilitude which sometimes doesn’t sit well with anyone who has seen a lot of Iraq War documentaries featuring real troops and real Iraqis. But De Palma is trying to do something very difficult, i.e., make the case that in war, truth really is the first casualty. --Tom Keogh

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  • Actors: Patrick Carroll, Rob Devaney, Izzy Diaz, Ty Jones, Anas Wellman
  • Directors: Brian De Palma
  • Writers: Brian De Palma
  • Producers: Christopher Matson, Eric Schwab, Gretchen McGowan, Jason Kliot, Jennifer Weiss
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,554 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Redacted" on IMDb

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The film then notes that no US soldiers have been charged.
P. Steen
Couldn't make a positive movie on all the good work our people are doing over there!
Sad to say, you'll begin begging for something to happen, too.
Mark Eremite

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Somers on October 25, 2011
Format: DVD
Had to see what the controversy was with this one, and this is an action film in a documentary style that is fast and will hold your attention.

I had an issue with the depiction of soldiers in the movie. Well, not the soldiers that are in the movie, the ones offscreen. The vast majority of US soldiers are honorably doing an honorable job, with plenty of their enemies constantly trying to provoke them. Those soldiers are not shown in Redacted and there is no reminder whatsoever that the ones shown are an anomaly. That said, the murders depicted did happen and there was no way to dress it up and make the motives of those people look good. There is a rape that happens with the soldier holding a camera, filming it as it happens and the rest of the other soldiers trouncing through the house, and then afterward a local man talking about it, apparently this was a scene that caused some controversy when it was thought to be a real scene when in reality it was filmed using actors and not at all actual footage. The scenes are glossy and beautiful, and there is an underlying theme that is witty, gritty and it has its moments that make you laugh. This is mostly an action film that is not one for you if you want dialogue and lines but very dramatic and and hard to take your eyes off of, it does a wonderful job of revealing what goes on behind the scenes while being entertaining and leaving an impression that is memorable. When I get a chance to check out more films of this genre I am sure I will remember this one as being the best lately. Overall, recommended.

Aryan Somers
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ronaldo C. Martinez on November 17, 2012
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This movie is more grounded and more realistic than other Iraq War movies like the presumably "support our troops" fare like The Hurt Locker.

Redacted shows the true nature of the Iraq War the way mainstream media totally ignored it. From the shocking incident in one of the checkpoints to the horrific rape and murder of an innocent Iraqi girl, it portrays the soldiers in Iraq not as heroes, but someone who illegally occupy a defenseless nation based on lies and created a living hell for Iraqis. They are some good soldiers in this film, but this movie paints a grim picture about the realities facing the nation during its' brutal occupation. I especially like the performance of one of the internet bloggers near the end and I was heartbroken seeing the real life photos of "collateral damage" before the end credits. Brain De Palma's directorial work is as excellent for a low budget movie as he does with his earlier bigger fare like Scarface and The Untouchable.

Too bad this movie faded out of near existence compared to the tamer and mainstream-friendly The Hurt Locker. I recommend Redacted to everyone to wanted to see the true reality of this immoral and unjust war.
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Virtually a mockumentary version of DePalma's "Casualties of War" with a contemporary Middle Eastern setting. Like "CoW" this is also based on an actual event. The problem is the amazingly bad acting which I attribute more to DePalma than the actors. His development of characters hinges on stereotyping and slightly insults the viewer's acceptance of believability. Still, the subject matter is highly interesting and the use of multi "found footage" sources is similar to "The Bay".

Is this the same man who brought us cutting edge horror in the seventies like "Sisters" and the original "Carrie"? It's a far cry from classics like those but anything would be an improvement over sleep inducing items like "Bonfire of the Vanities" or "Black Dahlia".

Curiously, the story intro read by a soldier seems to be a nod to Karloff and "Targets".
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Scanlon VINE VOICE on November 16, 2007
Format: DVD
Websearch these facts culled from recent news reports. Inability to accept them demonstrates how much your personal paradigms have been recently redacted, as revealed by this near-documentary film. Do not deny the truth, but act on it.

One of every four homeless in America is a vet.

Desertion is a record high; higher than in a generation, five thousand each year. The suicide rate among vets is at an all time high. Often we read the phrase, "Not since Vietnam . . ."

Casualties are at an all time high, and remain undercounted. Body armour keeps people alive without limbs and vision, etc. And we still refuse to count the civilian collateral damage now in seven figures by reliable sources, the same women, peasants and children we claim to liberate, now under two Bush invasions of this impoverished yet petroleum rich land. The grave is no liberation.

Our ally Turkey invades our allies the Kurds in Iraq, and like papa Bush we desert our Kurdish allies now again.

And Halliburton's Cheney and company want no strings attached funding world without end, now passing two TRILLION dollars, while our own children go without health care, and don't ge tme started on our domestic woes and injustices and suffering and political-economic immorality.

In his recent Apostolic Exhortation Sacramentum Caritatis: el Sacramento de la Caridad: una Exhortacion Apostolica Postsinodal, Our Holy Father, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI prophetically cries how our consciences must cry out to see that a small part of what we spend on war could ease the hunger of the world's vast majority, who are desperately poor.
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