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Restrepo (2010)

Sebastian Junger , Tim Hetherington  |  R |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (303 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Sebastian Junger, Tim Hetherington
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Virgil Films and Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (303 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042KZJIC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,284 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Restrepo" on IMDb

Special Features

Interviews with filmmakers and soldiers, outtakes, and more are included.

Editorial Reviews


"This is hard, hard duty. A 15-month tour. Our admiration for these men grows. Their jobs seem beyond conceiving. I cannot imagine a civilian thinking he could perform them." --Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"What we see is explosive, deeply moving and impossible to shake." --Peter Travers Rolling Stone

"It's the best thing I've seen in a long time." --Michael Phillips At the Movies

Product Description

RESTREPO is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. The movie focuses on a remote 15-man outpost, "Restrepo," named after a platoon medic who was killed in action. It was considered one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military. This is an entirely experiential film: the cameras never leave the valley; there are no interviews with generals or diplomats. The only goal is to make viewers feel as if they have just been through a 90-minute deployment. This is war, full stop. The conclusions are up to you.

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178 of 191 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning piece of film October 28, 2010
Ninety minutes of the Afghan Korengal Valley, with no talking heads, no interviews, just the soldiers there in the valley. Named after an output named after a medic killed in the line of duty. This ties in rather strongly with WAR (Junger's War) which is also coverage of the same area of Afghanistan. It's an emotional film that tells the story of the soldiers posted there but leaves any and all interpretations to the viewer. It's one small, but very dangerous, piece of the war and needs no additional plot, or subplots, other than the daily life in the field.

I left the movie saying, "oh my, fifteen months." It's nearly inconceivable to me, fifteen months in such a place. A place few Americans could find on a map, and far fewer could explain the importance of. It's a must-see movie regardless of your politics.
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121 of 139 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch It October 20, 2010
I saw this documentary in theater in New York, and was impressed with it. It's raw, and real. You see these brave men in uniforms, tough and heroic. Then in the next scene they have their armor off and you realize how young the men are that battle for freedom on a daily basis.

You also get a strong understanding of brotherhood...the level of dedication that these men show to each other to kill the enemy, regardless of political influences, as it's just them, the bad guys, and the valley.

There's no plot, no storyline, no climax. Just an experience of what still exists right now on the other side of the world as you read this.

A must watch. You owe to yourself and to them to see and know what goes on.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I lived it November 21, 2010
If you want to see a non-partisan film about the OEF experience. This is it.... there isn't a script. What you are seeing is real. The conclusion the viewer forms is his own based on the raw footage and his/her value system. I lived it and it helps explain my experience to my wife and family.

Sky Soldiers

Sgt. "Doc" Wilson
Veteran of OEF and the 173rd Airborne Brigade & 82 Airborne Division.
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94 of 110 people found the following review helpful
By Shelly
Amazing soldier's eye view of the 173d Airborne in Kunar province Afghanistan. Every American should see this film and experience what it is we ask of our Heroes. So proud of them!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars French point of view February 13, 2011
I finally managed to receive my restrepo copy in France because by the way, it was not in theater in France.
First, I was very surprised by the length of the deployment. 18 months ! It's eternity. French soldiers deployments length is between 4 or 6 moths. Such a long time in a country at war, constantly under enemy fire is probably very hard for the mind.
The documentary is really interesting and shows everything about thoses soldiers life, missions and mind. You can share their pain when they lost one of them, you can also share their "happiness" sometimes.
In France, we have no such documentaries about our soldiers in Afghanistan, because most of them are from the foreign legion or from some elite troops so they don't like to be filmed and because of this lack of images, french people can't really understand why our troops are dying in Afghanistan. In the meantime, when american people see Restrepo, they feel admiration for their troops and they support them more. In France, it would be the opposite, french people would be shocked to see french soldiers dying in front of the camera or constantly under fire, and they would immediatly ask to withdraw our troops from Afghanistan.

What I regret about this documentary is that : we don't see the return to their families, we don't see what their families feel while their sons are in Afghanistan and also we don't know what these soldiers did after the deployment. Did they come back in Afghanistan, did they leave the army ?

But anyway, this documentary was very interesting and to some extent, it's like the danish documentary "armadillo" with danish troops inf Afghanistan.

P.S : Apologies for the grammary if I did any mistake.
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41 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong Recommendation from MajGen Robert Scales, USA (Ret) September 27, 2010
General (and PhD) Robert Scales strongly recommended this movie to an audience at the Brookings Institute today. He used it as a backdrop to his informal remarks on how 4% of the total force (the engaged infantry) suffers 80% of the total casualties, but less than 1% of the total Pentagon budget is spent on training and equipping them.

My trip report on his remarks is awaiting approval and will then be posted at Phi Beta Iota the Public Intelligence Blog. Above is in my view the single most pointed useful "fact" of defense that I have heard in 30 years. One sentence cuts to the nub of the matter.

General Scales is the author of three books, one of which I have reviewed that remains a classic, on the disconnect between the needs of the infantry and the pie in the sky $75 billion US national intelligence community that prefers to build expensive satellites that do not work and whose collection cannot be processed.

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To understand the continued corruption in US military management, see also:
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The Fifty-Year Wound: How America's Cold War Victory Has Shaped Our World
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Must See for our Kids
This is an absolute must see to get a small grip on what we are sending our kids into. A friend of mine who did a Tour in Afghanistan suggested this to me. Read more
Published 13 days ago by P. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie
Excellent Movie..If you support our troops and want to see real life...this is...good stuff..God bless all you folks fighting for us..THANKS
Published 14 days ago by SS
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie
Restrepo is an awesome documentary that follows a group of soldiers In the korengal valley In Afghanistan. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving
There is SO much we REALLY do NOT know. This is a story is like that….except after watching….now you WILL know. Excellent.
Published 27 days ago by butterfly
4.0 out of 5 stars required reading
The best ever...real accounting of Afghanistan. Required reading to understand what how grunts live and die as brothers. Hooch rah
Published 1 month ago by Pete Marchbank
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect for my man
I can't say much about this because it was for my husband. I didn't watch it myself, but he liked it.
Published 1 month ago by Angel Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Eighteen Months In The Life. 4 1/2 Stars.
From near childhood to manhood--not the scenic route. The Good. The Bad, The Ugly, and just the facts, ma'am. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Holly
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I have seen this on tv also but bought the video as one of my coworkers helped build the FOB. It is real and since it was released Tim Hetherington haas been killed and wiil never... Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Hutson
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth
Restrepo should be required reading/viewing each time Congress considers cutting veteran's benefits. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Elroy Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting look at what really goes on in the war zone of Afghanistan
Unbelievable story of what is asked of our young soldiers. Sadness, anger, joy, and resolve. What the young men experience is something that will haunt/carry them for the rest of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jsilva
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Restrepo Blu-ray audio problem
I have the DVD, and the same thing happens. I am assuming the sound of the IED overloaded the microphone.
Jun 14, 2012 by J. Kanenberg |  See all 3 posts
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