In the Valley of Elah

A career officer and his wife work with a police detective to uncover the truth behind their son's disappearance following his return from a tour of duty in Iraq.

Directed by: Paul Haggis Artist W. Robinson Anna Rane
Genres: History, Drama, Thriller, Crime, Mystery,
Production Company: Warner Independent Pictures (WIP), NALA Films, Summit Entertainment, Samuels Media, Blackfriars Bridge Films,

In the Valley of Elah - Sometimes finding the truth is easier than facing it. - Azwaad Movie Database
  • Release Date: 31-08-2007
  • Runtime: 124 Minutes
  • Popularity: 11.07
  • Vote Count: 705
  • IMDB Rating: 6.8
  • Budget: USD 23,000,000
  • Revenue: USD 29,541,790
  • Region: United States of America ( US ),
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Photo Name Character
Tommy Lee Jones - Azwaad Movie Database Tommy Lee Jones Hank Deerfield
Charlize Theron - Azwaad Movie Database Charlize Theron Detective Emily Sanders
Susan Sarandon - Azwaad Movie Database Susan Sarandon Joan Deerfield
Frances Fisher - Azwaad Movie Database Frances Fisher Evie
James Franco - Azwaad Movie Database James Franco Sergeant Carnelli
Jonathan Tucker - Azwaad Movie Database Jonathan Tucker Mike Deerfield
Jason Patric - Azwaad Movie Database Jason Patric Lieutenant Kirklander
Josh Brolin - Azwaad Movie Database Josh Brolin Chief Buchwald
Wes Chatham - Azwaad Movie Database Wes Chatham Corporal Penning
Jake McLaughlin - Azwaad Movie Database Jake McLaughlin Specialist Gordon Bonner
Photo Name Department
Roger Deakins-Camera Roger Deakins Camera (Director of Photography)
Clint Eastwood-Crew Clint Eastwood Crew (Thanks)
Paul Haggis-Writing Paul Haggis Writing (Screenplay)
Paul Haggis-Directing Paul Haggis Directing (Director)
Paul Haggis-Production Paul Haggis Production (Producer)
Mark Isham-Sound Mark Isham Sound (Music)
Sarah Halley Finn-Production Sarah Halley Finn Production (Casting)
Patrick Wachsberger-Production Patrick Wachsberger Production (Producer)
Erik Feig-Production Erik Feig Production (Executive Producer)
Marc Fishman-Sound Marc Fishman Sound (Sound Re-Recording Mixer)

See Full Cast & Crew of In the Valley of Elah

Kenneth Axel Carlsson

A soldier disappears after he has come back from Iraq. His father, Hank Deerfield (Tommy Lee Jones), is alerted and sets off in the hopes of finding his son. He soon finds out that his son was actually killed, brutally you might say, his body cut up and burned. The evidence lead in no real directions, but it soon becomes apparent that his army bodies are lying, also, the images that Hank recovers from his son's phone, seem to suggest that something happened in Iraq. To say anything more would be to ruin the movie. However, this movie is not just a crime story, where we follow the father and cop (Charlize Theron) as they get to the bottom of the mystery. This is a story about war, the people in it and at hoome, as well as bravery and sorrow. It is told carefully, and with skillfully precision by the entire cast, and Paul Haggis. By the end, we don't even really care about the murder being solved, just that the father finally made peace with his son. He understands better than anyone what war does to a man, you can see that clearly in his eyes throughout the movie. Only one thing bothered me about this movie, and it is actually something that bothers me quite often. Music. I don't mind music in movies, I don't even mind music that enhances a certain emotion, sorrow, happiness etc. No, what bothers me is that moviemakers feel that they need music so badly, when really, they don't. More often than not, the images and actors speak the words clearly, we don't need the sad tones to emphasize what we are already feeling. It's not that bad in this movie, but I did notice it a few times, where it bothered me. _Last words... don't watch this movie and feel like you need to "figure it out". It's not about that at all, just allow yourself to be swept away be the amazing cast and let the story onfold itself in front of you. This is not a story about a crime, but a story about a father... and a son._

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