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In the Valley of Elah
- Tommy Lee Jones

Overview - Tommy Lee Jones plays Hank Deerfield, a retired military man investigating the mysterious disappearance of his soldier son, Mike, in this somber mystery-drama from director Paul Haggis (CRASH). Charlize Theron is the civilian homicide cop in the small town near the base where Mike recently returned from a term of combat in Iraq.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Tommy Lee Jones plays Hank Deerfield, a retired military man investigating the mysterious disappearance of his soldier son, Mike, in this somber mystery-drama from director Paul Haggis (CRASH). Charlize Theron is the civilian homicide cop in the small town near the base where Mike recently returned from a term of combat in Iraq. When this unlikely pair ends up investigating the mystery together, they encounter some suspicious covering-up from the army. Deerfield gets access to his son's camera phone which contains startling video footage from combat overseas. Using a muted palette of military browns and greens, Haggis shows the same sharp eye for humanistic detail that served him so well in CRASH, infusing desolate scenes of civilian life--sterile concrete barracks, sleazy strip clubs, homey but empty diners, drugs, fast food joints, and ghostly motels--with vivid detail. Performances are all Oscar-worthy: Jones's craggy, weather-beaten face hiding grief and anguish beneath a steely facade until they threatens to boil over. His mug becomes a symbol for an America with no other choice but to confront its own grave flaws if it's ever to find any answers. Susan Sarandon bring the pain to the surface as the anguished mother waiting at home, and Theron is strong and sure, as a single mother who bravely faces, among other challenges, harassment in the workplace. Josh Brolin is her ex, the chief of police, and Jason Patric and James Franco are among the impassive faces of the military.

Cast List

Steve Samuels - Producer, MICHAEL CLAYTON
Steven Samuels - Producer, MICHAEL CLAYTON
Larry Becsey - Producer, IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH
Patrick Wachsberger - Executive Producer, WRONG TURN (2003)
Paul Haggis - Screenwriter, THE LAST KISS (2006)
Frances Fisher - British actress, TITANIC (1997), HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG
Charlize Theron - American actress, MONSTER
Jason Patric - American Actor
Jason Patric Miller Jr. - American Actor
Susan Sarandon - Oscar winning actress, DEAD MAN WALKING
Susan Tomaling - Oscar winning actress, DEAD MAN WALKING
Mark Isham - Composer, WATERWORLD (1995)
James Franco - American actor, Freaks & Geeks/TRISTAN & ISOLDE
Tommy Lee Jones - American actor
Tom Lee Jones - American actor
Roger Deakins - Director of Photography
Mark Boal - Story, IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH
Darlene Caamano Loquet - Producer, IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH
Josh Brolin - American actor, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN

 
Details
    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-Ray
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 085391189978
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (for violent and disturbing content, language and some sexuality/nudity)
  • Release Date: December 2010

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Detectives
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Detective
Soldiers

 
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Reviews:
"[A] lacerating, bone-deep inquiry into the war in Iraq....Tense, urgent, and meditative." -- Grade: A - 09/14/2007 Entertainment Weekly, p.125


3.5 stars out of 4 -- "IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH is a rare blend of emotional content and intelligent material that makes it simultaneously gut-wrenching and thought-provoking." - 09/14/2007 USA Today, p.5E


"Underneath its deceptively quiet surface is a raw, angry earnest attempt to grasp the moral consequences of the war in Iraq..." - 09/14/2007 New York Times, p.E1


3 stars out of 4 -- "The spare, ingrained purity of Jones' work...is astonishing....Haunting, heart-piercing...essential." - 10/04/2007 Rolling Stone, p.86


4 stars out of 5 -- "Jones presents another memorable essay in morally compromised machismo..." - 01/01/2008 Total Film, p.40


3 stars out of 5 -- "Tommy Lee Jones' performance as Hank Deerfield, a former Army sergeant and Vietnam veteran...gives the film its compelling motor..." - 02/01/2008 Uncut, p.110


4 stars out of 5 -- "A personal take on universal injustices, free from preachiness....[I]t's Jones' film to its boots....It's the subtle variations that make him a joy to watch." - 02/01/2008 Empire, p.50

 
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