The Hurt Locker

October 10th, 2008

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The Hurt Locker

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Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 7.7/10 (139,634 voted)

Critic's Score: 94/100

Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Stars: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty

An intense portrayal of elite soldiers who have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world: disarming bombs in the heat of combat. When a new sergeant, James, takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team amidst violent conflict, he surprises his two subordinates, Sanborn and Eldridge, by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of urban combat. James behaves as if he's indifferent to death. As the men struggle to control their wild new leader, the city explodes into chaos, and James' true character reveals itself in a way that will change each man forever.

Jeremy Renner - Sergeant First Class William James
Anthony Mackie - Sergeant JT Sanborn
Brian Geraghty - Specialist Owen Eldridge
Guy Pearce - Staff Sergeant Matt Thompson
Ralph Fiennes - Contractor Team Leader
David Morse - Colonel Reed
Evangeline Lilly - Connie James
Christian Camargo - Colonel John Cambridge
Suhail Aldabbach - Black Suit Man (as Suhail Al-Dabbach)
Christopher Sayegh - Beckham
Nabil Koni - Professor Nabil
Sam Spruell - Contractor Charlie
Sam Redford - Contractor Jimmy
Feisal Sadoun - Contractor Feisal
Barrie Rice - Contractor Chris

Taglines: You'll know when you're in it.


Official Website: Official site | Official site [France] |

Release Date: 10 October 2008

Filming Locations: Amman, Jordan

Box Office Details

Budget: $11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: €48,188 (Italy) (10 October 2008) (70 Screens)

Gross: $12,647,089 (USA) (15 November 2009)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The production had a hard time booking key crew members and department heads, since the film was shot on location in the Middle East (specifically in Jordan, the country right next door to Iraq).

Revealing mistakes: In any scene where the characters are not wearing body armor, their name tapes and U.S. Army tapes are reversed. The U.S Army should be on the right, and the name should be on the left.

Staff Sergeant William James: I want my five bucks back, buddy.
Beckham: Five dollars for what, man? You crazy now?
Staff Sergeant William James: Yeah. The DVD you sold me was crap.
Beckham: You crazy, man. That's impossible. It's Hollywood special effects.
Staff Sergeant William James: No. It was shaky. It was out of focus, buddy.
Beckham: What, you want donkey porn?
Staff Sergeant William James: It's crap.
Beckham: Girls on dog? Gay sex, man? Anything you want, you get. I hook you up, man.

User Review

The Brilliant Explosion Of Kathryn Bigelow

Rating: 10/10

I spent the entire film grabbing the arms of my seat. I was there in Irak, steps away from my death and the death of those around me. The tension, the suspense is at times breathtaking, literally. "The Hurt Locker" is a miracle and the definitive consecration of a great filmmaker, Kathryn Bigelow. This is also a rare occasion in which I went to see the film without having read a single review or knowing anything about it. One should try to do that more often because the impact of the surprise translates into pure pleasure and in this case, sometimes, you have to look away from the unmitigated horror. Jeremy Renner is a real find. He is superb. A kind soul, wild man with enough arrogance to make him appear reckless and yet his humanity precedes him. People may commit the mistake of avoiding this gem thinking that it's just a war film. Don't. It isn't. It's a great, engrossing film about human emotions, not to be missed.

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