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.

Movie Info

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 … More

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


as Vanessa Price

as Jamal Atkins

as Sarah Schivino

as Jordan Owens

as Betsy Yates

as Penelope

as Jon Peters

as Alice Price

as Private Shar

as Corporal Campbell

as Older Vet

as Police Sergeant

as Hank Yates

as Dr. Barbara Jaric

as Spc. Pendilla

as V.A. Hospital Doctor

as Young PFC

as Sgt. Larkin

as Dede Marsh

as Jane Pooks

as Rick Pooks

as Jeannie Winstead

as David Winstead

as Rehabilitation Nurse

as Oliver Price

as Vice Principal Thomp...

as Zander

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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