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Home of the Brave (2006)



Critic Consensus: The ensemble cast works hard, but hammy direction and a script lacking in nuance ruins this movie's noble intentions.

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As their tour of duty in Iraq draws to a close, four American soldiers learn that they are scheduled to embark on one final, fateful mission that will forever change their concept of war. Shortly after receiving the news that they will soon be reunited with their families back in the United States, a unit serving in Iraq is deployed on a humanitarian mission to deliver medical supplies to a remote Iraqi village. Upon arriving in the village, the unit is viciously ambushed and many lives are lost. Now, as the surviving members of the battalion return home and attempt to readjust to civilian life, the physical injuries and psychological scars sustained during that tragic event continue to take a heavy emotional toll on the war-torn soldiers. Samuel L. Jackson, Jessica Biel, and rapper-turned-actor 50 Cent star in an affecting psychological war drama from Academy Award-winning director Irwin Winkler. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: R (for war violence and language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Steven Mark Friedman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 23, 2007


Jessica Biel
as Vanessa Price
50 Cent
as Jamal Atkins
Christina Ricci
as Sarah Schivino
Chad Michael Murray
as Jordan Owens
Suzanne Niles
as Betsy Yates
Jerry Sciarrio
as Jon Peters
Anne Selcoe
as Alice Price
Jack Serino
as Private Shar
Lonny W. Waddle
as Corporal Campbell
Jhon Goodwin
as Police Sergeant
Vyto Ruginis
as Hank Yates
Nike Imoru
as Dr. Barbara Jaric
Brendan Wayne
as Spc. Pendilla
Sandra Nelson
as V.A. Hospital Doctor
Mark Parrish
as Young PFC
Richard De Mayo
as Sgt. Larkin
Kiara Johnson
as Dede Marsh
Kelly B. Eviston
as Jane Pooks
James M. Tilley
as Rick Pooks
Jenna Williams
as Jeannie Winstead
Darrick Wilkens
as David Winstead
Venus Delcambrie
as Rehabilitation Nurse
Jordan Santiago
as Oliver Price
Cecil Ellsworth
as Vice Principal Thomp...
Ron Ford
as Zander
Wes Deitrick
as Older Vet
Curtis Jackson
as Jamal Aiken
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Critic Reviews for Home of the Brave

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (20)

Obvious, plodding, cloying and politically innocuous.

Full Review… | April 16, 2008
Top Critic

I must say the best thing about the movie is that it's interested in the soldiers, not the self-serving popinjays who seem to think the war is a big fat career-enhancing photo opportunity. The people who got shot at deserve most of the attention.

Full Review… | May 10, 2007
Washington Post
Top Critic

Earnest but lazy, fitfully laughable and insulting, Home of the Brave is cowardly work.

Full Review… | February 3, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

This is a solid and timely piece of work from Hollywood veteran Irwin Winkler.

December 18, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Iraq war vets cope with big issues; not for kids.

Full Review… | December 16, 2010
Common Sense Media

The war in Iraq gets a lathery soft soap treatment in producer-cum-director Irwin Winkler's distortion of emotions and realities associated with a group of returning soldiers.

Full Review… | April 24, 2009

Audience Reviews for Home of the Brave


This is not a war movie... it's a movie about war. Home of the Brave has been the best movie to date on the psychological effects our soldiers endure when they return home from Iraq. It's riveting to see the demons they face. Truly inspirational... And don't worry about propaganda because it's neither Pro nor Anti War, the film does a great job of remaining completely neutral.

This film boasts an A list cast with Samuel L. Jackson, Jessica Biel, Christina Ricci, Chad Michael Murray, Brian Presley, and 50 Cent, who was surprisingly impressive in this action drama.

Don't be fooled, if you're looking for a movie chalk full of dead bodies, blood, and missing limbs, then this is not for you. The first 20 minutes is intense however (think Black Hawk Down), but the remainder of the movie is deep and touching.

Derek A

Super Reviewer


Okay plain and simple, this movie is definitely similar to the film "Raising Flagg." Average, boring, random plot line, yet it contained some strong cast members who pretty much saved this film from being a disaster. So why is this movie such a disaster, you may ask? Plain and simple. It's a boring script which was probably written without any heart, considering how hollow the lines seemed to be. Nothing seemed to work with the scenes no matter who was in it.

However some of the cast saved it from totally failing itself. If there were only minor actors who have had no previous experience it would have been pathetic.


Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer

I thought this was a great movie. I dont know how people thought it was a flop - it shows a side of the war that many movies are afraid to tackle, the aftermath.

The movie takes an emotional ride through being there, leaving there, and surviving afterwords. It's done well and does justice for those who served and are dealing with hardships still today. It was a great cast and a great movie.

Bobby Hobbs

Super Reviewer

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