History Film / InTheValleyOfElah

6th Dec '15 2:29:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[spoiler:TheresNoKillLikeOverkill]]: [[spoiler: Hank's son is stabbed ''more than fifty times''. That they can ''tell''. And that's ''before'' his body was set on fire.]]
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* [[spoiler:TheresNoKillLikeOverkill]]: TheresNoKillLikeOverkill: [[spoiler: Hank's son is stabbed ''more than fifty times''. That they can ''tell''. And that's ''before'' his body was set on fire.]]
10th Apr '15 12:44:17 AM Morgenthaler
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Despite strong reviews and an AcademyAward nomination for TommyLeeJones, the film was a financial disappointment, due mostly to the fact that, at the time, films about TheWarOnTerror were still considered to be an AudienceAlienatingPremise. Also notable is the [[FlameBait incredibly controversial]] final shot of the film, which is arguably more infamous than the film itself.
10th Apr '15 12:43:58 AM Morgenthaler
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''In the Valley of Elah'' is a 2007 drama written and directed by Paul Haggis and starring Creator/TommyLeeJones, Creator/CharlizeTheron, and Susan Sarandon. The film follows Hank Deerfield (Jones), a former MP whose son goes AWOL shorty after his company returns from Iraq. Knowing how much stress his son was under, Hank decides to drive to the base and try to find his son himself. Not long afterwards, however, he discovers [[spoiler:his son has been murdered]], and finds himself working with a local police officer (Theron) to investigate.
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''In the Valley of Elah'' is a 2007 drama written and directed by Paul Haggis and starring Creator/TommyLeeJones, Creator/CharlizeTheron, and Susan Sarandon.Creator/SusanSarandon. The film follows Hank Deerfield (Jones), a former MP whose son goes AWOL shorty after his company returns from Iraq. Knowing how much stress his son was under, Hank decides to drive to the base and try to find his son himself. Not long afterwards, however, he discovers [[spoiler:his his son has been murdered]], murdered, and finds himself working with a local police officer (Theron) to investigate.
10th Apr '15 12:43:27 AM Morgenthaler
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''Film/InTheValleyOfElah'' is a 2007 drama written and directed by Paul Haggis and starring Creator/TommyLeeJones, Creator/CharlizeTheron, and Susan Sarandon. The film follows Hank Deerfield (Jones), a former MP whose son goes AWOL shorty after his company returns from Iraq. Knowing how much stress his son was under, Hank decides to drive to the base and try to find his son himself. Not long afterwards, however, he discovers [[spoiler:his son has been murdered]], and finds himself working with a local police officer (Theron) to investigate.
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''Film/InTheValleyOfElah'' ''In the Valley of Elah'' is a 2007 drama written and directed by Paul Haggis and starring Creator/TommyLeeJones, Creator/CharlizeTheron, and Susan Sarandon. The film follows Hank Deerfield (Jones), a former MP whose son goes AWOL shorty after his company returns from Iraq. Knowing how much stress his son was under, Hank decides to drive to the base and try to find his son himself. Not long afterwards, however, he discovers [[spoiler:his son has been murdered]], and finds himself working with a local police officer (Theron) to investigate.

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6th Apr '14 3:39:26 PM LongLiveHumour
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* TheKoreanWar: Where Hank served.
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* TheKoreanWar: UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar: Where Hank served.
21st Oct '13 5:22:41 PM nombretomado
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''Film/InTheValleyOfElah'' is a 2007 drama written and directed by Paul Haggis and starring Creator/TommyLeeJones, CharlizeTheron, and Susan Sarandon. The film follows Hank Deerfield (Jones), a former MP whose son goes AWOL shorty after his company returns from Iraq. Knowing how much stress his son was under, Hank decides to drive to the base and try to find his son himself. Not long afterwards, however, he discovers [[spoiler:his son has been murdered]], and finds himself working with a local police officer (Theron) to investigate.
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''Film/InTheValleyOfElah'' is a 2007 drama written and directed by Paul Haggis and starring Creator/TommyLeeJones, CharlizeTheron, Creator/CharlizeTheron, and Susan Sarandon. The film follows Hank Deerfield (Jones), a former MP whose son goes AWOL shorty after his company returns from Iraq. Knowing how much stress his son was under, Hank decides to drive to the base and try to find his son himself. Not long afterwards, however, he discovers [[spoiler:his son has been murdered]], and finds himself working with a local police officer (Theron) to investigate.
27th Jul '13 11:46:37 PM Tallens
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* BookEnds: [[spoiler: Hank helping a groundskeeper to raise a flag. At the beginning, it's a flag in good working order that's been mistakenly displayed upside down, as in the International Symbol of Distress. At the end, a tattered flag is hung upside down ''on purpose''.]]
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* BookEnds: [[spoiler: Hank helping a groundskeeper to raise a flag. At the beginning, it's a flag in good working order that's been mistakenly displayed upside down, as in the International Symbol of Distress. At the end, a tattered flag TatteredFlag is hung upside down ''on purpose''.]]

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* BookEnds: [[spoiler: Hank helping a groundskeeper to raise a flag. At the beginning, it's a flag in good working order that's been mistakenly displayed upside down, as in the International Symbol of Distress. At the end, a tattered flag is hung upside down ''on purpose''.]]TatteredFlag: See BookEnds above.
16th Jun '13 4:00:07 PM KevinKlawitter
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* {{Determinator}}: Hank WILL find out what happened to his son, and lord help you if you get in his way.
16th Jun '13 9:58:43 AM Yipeekiyay
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new examples posted and typo corrected
* BookEnds: [[spoiler: Hank helping a groundskeeper to raise a flag. At the beginning, it's a flag in good working order that's been mistakenly displayed upside down, as in the International Symbol of Distress. At the end, a tattered flag is hung upside down ''on purpose''.]]

* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Hank spouts some rather derogatory statements at Ortiez, but that could just be simply because he was mad at him rather than true bigotry.
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* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Hank spouts some rather derogatory statements at Ortiez, Ortiz, but that could just be simply because he was mad at him rather than true bigotry.bigotry. * RedHerring: [[spoiler: alleged Mexican drug traffickers may have been trying to silence Hank's son. Hank even blames one of the guys in Mike's outfit.]]

* RetroactiveRecognition: Mark Boal, who gets story credit (and who also wrote the article upon which the screenplay was based) would later become an acclaimed screenwriter in his own right, writing ''TheHurtLocker'' and ''Film/ZeroDarkThirty''.
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