The Hurt Locker

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In the summer of 2004, Sergeant J.T. Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) and Specialist Owen Eldridge (Brian Geraghty) of Bravo Company are at the volatile center of the war, part of a small counterforce specifically trained to handle the homemade bombs, or... read more
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In the summer of 2004, Sergeant J.T. Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) and Specialist Owen Eldridge (Brian Geraghty) of Bravo Company are at the volatile center of the war, part of a small counterforce specifically trained to handle the homemade bombs, or Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), that account for more than half of American hostile deaths and have killed thousands of Iraqis. The job, a high-pressure, high-stakes assignment, which soldiers volunteer for, requires a calm intelligence that leaves no room for mistakes, as they learn when they lose their team leader on a routine mission. When Staff Sergeant William James (Jeremy Renner) cheerfully takes over the team, Sanborn and Eldridge are shocked by what seems like his reckless disregard for military protocol and basic safety measures. And yet, in the fog of war, appearances are never reliable for long. Is James really a swaggering cowboy who lives for peak experiences and the moments when the margin of error is zero or is he a consummate professional who has honed his esoteric craft to high-wire precision? As the fiery chaos of Baghdad threatens to engulf them, the men struggle to understand and contain their mercurial new leader long enough for them to make it home. They have only 38 days left in their tour, but with each new mission comes another deadly encounter, and as James blurs the line between bravery and bravado, it seems only a matter of time before disaster strikes.

Original Release

10/10/2008

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Cast

Ralph Fiennes Contractor Team Leader
David Morse Colonel Reed
Jeremy Renner Staff Sergeant William James
Anthony Mackie Sergeant JT Sanborn
Brian Geraghty Specialist Owen Eldridge
Evangeline Lilly Connie James
Guy Pearce Sergeant Matt Thompson
Christopher Sayegh Beckham
Christian Camargo Colonel John Cambridge
Suhail Dabbach Black Suit Man (as Suhail Al-Dabbach)
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Kathryn Bigelow

Writers

Mark Boal

Cast

Ralph Fiennes Contractor Team Leader
David Morse Colonel Reed
Jeremy Renner Staff Sergeant William James
Anthony Mackie Sergeant JT Sanborn
Brian Geraghty Specialist Owen Eldridge
Evangeline Lilly Connie James
Guy Pearce Sergeant Matt Thompson
Christopher Sayegh Beckham
Christian Camargo Colonel John Cambridge
Suhail Dabbach Black Suit Man (as Suhail Al-Dabbach)
David Gueriera First Sergeant
Malcolm Barrett Sergeant Foster
Tommy Dallace U.S. Sniper
Jeffrey Feingold Soldier
Jerry Fortuna Soldier
Joseph Martinus Soldier
Yousef Shweihat Insurgent Sniper
Kate Mines Soldier
Nabil Koni Professor Nabil
Sam Spruell Contractor Charlie

Producers

Tony Mark Executive Producer
Kathryn Bigelow Producer
Mark Boal Producer
Nicolas Chartier Producer
Jenn Lee Producer
Greg Shapiro Producer
Donall McCusker Producer
Jack Schuster Producer
Kirk Shaw Producer

Editors

Chris Innis, Bob Murawski

2010 Oscar Best Motion Picture of the Year Won
2010 Oscar Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
2010 Oscar Best Achievement in Directing Won
2010 Oscar Best Writing, Original Screenplay Won
2010 Oscar Best Achievement in Cinematography Nominated
2010 Oscar Best Achievement in Film Editing Won
2010 Oscar Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score Nominated
2010 Oscar Best Achievement in Sound Mixing Won
2010 Oscar Best Achievement in Sound Editing Won
2010 Golden Globe Best Motion Picture - Drama Nominated
2010 Golden Globe Best Director - Motion Picture Nominated
2010 Golden Globe Best Screenplay - Motion Picture Nominated
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