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An Iraq War veteran who just narrowly escaped death in combat struggles with his new post at the Casualty Notification Office while anticipating his upcoming discharge in this military drama starring [[Performer~P272673~Ben Foster~benfoster]], [[Performer~P30548~Woody Harrelson~woodyharrelson]], [[Performer~P228556~Jena Malone~jenamalone]], and [[Performer~P230665~Samantha Morton~samanthamorton]]. Will Montgomery ([[Performer~P272673~Foster~benfoster]]) has spent his fair share of time in army hospitals, and with just three months to go before returning to civilian life, he discovers that his girlfriend back home ([[Performer~P228556~Malone~jenamalone]]) has decided to move on with her life. Crestfallen, Will discovers that his latest hope for a fresh start will be training to work for the Casualty Notification Office under the mentorship of senior officer Tony ([[Performer~P30548~Harrelson~woodyharrelson]]). As someone who had a close brush with death himself, Will isn't sure that he's the man to tell families that their own loved ones will never be coming home. Thankfully, in between his assignments, Tony offers a sympathetic ear and the two men form a bond that will ultimately help them to readjust to "normal" life. But once you've been in the thick of it, any true hope for a "normal" life after the military is just wishful thinking. Later, Will is drawn to the grieving widow ([[Performer~P230665~Morton~samanthamorton]]) of a fallen soldier, a development that forces him to ponder the ethical dilemma of starting a relationship with a woman in such a vulnerable position. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:November 13, 2009

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
National Board of Review Oren Moverman Best Directorial Debut 2009 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Oren Moverman Best Original Screenplay 2009 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Oren Moverman Best First Feature 2009 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Oren Moverman Best Screenplay 2009 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Samantha Morton Best Supporting Female 2009 Nominee
National Board of Review Woody Harrelson Best Supporting Actor 2009 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Woody Harrelson Best Supporting Male 2009 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Woody Harrelson Best Supporting Actor 2009 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Woody Harrelson Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 2009 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Woody Harrelson Best Supporting Actor 2009 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alessandro Camon Best Original Screenplay 2009 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Alessandro Camon Best Screenplay 2009 Nominee

Cast

Ben Foster
as Staff Sgt. Will Montgomery
Woody Harrelson
as Capt. Tony Stone
Samantha Morton
as Olivia Pitterson
Jena Malone
as Kelly
Steve Buscemi
as Dale Martin
Eamonn Walker
as Col. Stuart Dorsett

Crew

Oren Moverman
Director
Lawrence Inglee
Producer
Zach Miller
Producer
Alessandro Camon
Screenwriter
Oren Moverman
Screenwriter
Bobby Bukowski
Cinematographer
Tracy McKnight
Musical Direction/Supervision
Nathan Larson
Composer (Music Score)
Alex Hall
Editor
Stephen Beatrice
Production Designer
Gwen Bialic
Co-producer
Shaun Redick
Executive Producer
Ben Goldhirsh
Executive Producer
Christopher Mapp
Executive Producer
Claus Clausen
Executive Producer
David Whealy
Executive Producer
Bryan Zuriff
Executive Producer
Matthew Street
Executive Producer
Glenn M. Stewart
Executive Producer
Steffen Aumüller
Executive Producer
Catherine George
Costume Designer
Leslie Shatz
Sound/Sound Designer
Javier Bennassar
Sound/Sound Designer
Laura Rosenthal
Casting
Ali Farrell
Casting
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