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In the Valley of Elah Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

When a model soldier who recently returned to the U.S. from the front lines of Iraq goes AWOL, his veteran father enlists the aid of a dedicated police detective in seeking out his son's true fate in director/screenwriter Paul Haggis' follow up to the Oscar-winning 2004 indie-hit Crash. Mike Deerfield (Jonathan Tucker) has served his country faithfully, and now the time has come for him to return home to the United States. Shortly after returning, however, Mike simply vanishes without a trace. Mike's father, Hank (Tommy Lee Jones), is a former MP from the Vietnam era, and quickly recruits Detective Emily Sanders (Charlize Theron) to assist him in his search for the missing soldier. While it remains to be seen whether Hank will ever find his missing son, he gets quickly enmeshed in a tangled web of intrigue, cover-ups, and murder, all related to the Iraqi conflict. The drama thus highlights the profoundly personal toll combat takes on soldiers, while striking at the very heart of the American experience in Iraq. Inspired by a Playboy Magazine article written by Mark Boal, Haggis's fictionalized version of the actual events co-stars Jason Patrick, Susan Sarandon, James Franco, and Josh Brolin. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:September 14, 2007

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tommy Lee Jones Best Actor 2007 Nominee
Golden Satellite Award Tommy Lee Jones Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 2007 Nominee

Cast

Tommy Lee Jones
as Hank Deerfield
Charlize Theron
as Det. Emily Sanders
Jason Patric
as Lt. Kirklander
Susan Sarandon
as Joan Deerfield
James Franco
as Sgt. Dan Carnelli
Barry Corbin
as Arnold Bickman
Josh Brolin
as Chief Buckwald
Frances Fisher
as Evie
Wes Chatham
as Cpl. Steve Penning
Jake McLaughlin
as Spc. Gordon Bonner
Mehcad Brooks
as Specialist Ennis Long
Jonathan Tucker
as Mike Deerfield
Wayne Duvall
Victor Wolf
as Private Robert Ortiz
Brent Briscoe
Greg Serano
Brent Sexton
Devin Brochu
Chris Browning
as Checker Box Bartender

Crew

Paul Haggis
Director
Paul Haggis
Producer
Larry Becsey
Producer
Patrick Wachsberger
Producer
Steven Samuels
Producer
Darlene Caamano Loquet
Producer
Mark Boal
Screen Story
Paul Haggis
Screen Story
Paul Haggis
Screenwriter
Roger Deakins
Cinematographer
Mark Isham
Composer (Music Score)
Jo Francis
Editor
Laurence Bennett
Production Designer
Gregory Scott Hooper
Art Director
Dana Maksimovich
Co-producer
Deborah Rennard
Co-producer
Emilio Diez Barroso
Executive Producer
Erik Feig
Executive Producer
Stan Wlodkowski
Executive Producer
David Garrett
Executive Producer
James Holt
Executive Producer
James Oberlander
Set Designer
Linda Sutton
Set Decorator
Lisa Jensen
Costume Designer
William Sarokin
Sound/Sound Designer
Scott Martin Gershin
Sound/Sound Designer
Artist Robinson
First Assistant Director
Randi Hiller
Casting
Sarah Halley Finn
Casting
Bobby Burns
Stunts Coordinator
Tony Lamberti
Re-Recording Mixer
Wylie Stateman
Supervising Sound Editor
Marc Fishman
Re-Recording Mixer
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