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In the Valley of Elah

In the Valley of Elah

Sometimes finding the truth is easier than facing it.
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Paul Haggis is back with a look at war. Our hero is a Vietnam vet, whose son has just returned from a tour of duty in Iraq. Son goes missing from his base, and dad decides to mosy down and find out why. When the son turns up dead, and the military police are slow to investigate, he takes over, at times competing with and at times helping and being helped by a pretty female cop. The truth about what happened, however, is not pleasant. Haggis examines several issues around war, racism, male bonding, and sexism.


119 minutes, No persons under 13 (Language, Nudity, Violence)
Detective/Mystery, Drama.

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Credits
Cast
Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, Jason Patric, Susan Sarandon, James Franco, Barry Corbin, Josh Brolin
Director
Paul Haggis
ScreenplayPaul Haggis, from a story by Mark Boal
MusicMark Isham
CinematographyRoger Deakins
EditingJo Francis
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS, Dolby SR
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2007
Produced byBlackfriars Bridge Films, NALA Films, Samuels Media, Summit Entertainment

Official Site | IMDB page | FPB Report | ScreenIt Report
Trailer: Medium

FPB Report (SA)
GenreDrama, mystery
LanguageStrong and frequent
NudityFairly frequent, nude breasts
SexInfrequent sexual references
ViolenceFairly strong, some bloodiness, frequent references
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
CommentsMenacing and threatening, this investigation into the murder of a soldier makes a strong anti-war statement.
These details are supplied by the FPB. If you have a problem with any of the above, please take it up directly with the FPB. Read the Classification Guidelines.

ScreenIt Report (USA)
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Alcohol / DrugsSmokingDisrespectful /
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Imitative BehaviourFrightening /
Tense Scenes
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Jump ScenesTense Family ScenesMusic (Scary/Tense)Music (Inappropriate)Topics to talk about
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Ratings
Scale (Max)20
South African Media
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International Media
Chicago Sunday TimesRoger Ebert quote icon 20
ReelViews (USA)James Berardinelli quote icon 13
Rolling Stone (US)Peter Travers quote icon 15
ScreenIt (USA)C. Fuchs10
Metacritic.com36 critics13
RottenTomatoes.com126 critics14
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IMDB1334 Netizens quote icon 16
Average .. 69%14


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