Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Synopsis: Two-time Academy Award® winner Ang Lee brings his extraordinary vision to Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, based on the widely-acclaimed, bestselling novel. The film is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (newcomer Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, the film reveals what really happened to the squad - contrasting the realities of the war with America's perceptions. The film also stars Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, with Vin Diesel, and Steve Martin. Lee used new technology, shooting at an ultra-high frame rate for the first time in film history, to create an immersive digital experience helping him dramatize war in a way never seen before. Lee directed and produced the film, from a screenplay by Jean-Christophe Castell
Genre: Drama, War
Director(s): Ang Lee
Production: Sony Pictures
  2 wins & 6 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.3
Metacritic:
53
Rotten Tomatoes:
45%
R
Year:
2016
113 min
$1,736,708
Website
118 Views

Hang in there,

Sergeant.

American heroism

has a new face today.

Despite heavy enemy fire,

a young infantryman rushes to

the aid of his fallen sergeant.

This now-famous image

was captured on a camera

abandoned by an embedded reporter

during an ambush by anti-coalition forces

in Al-Ansakar, Diyala Province, Iraq.

Nineteen-year-old Specialist William Lynn

was awarded the Silver Star,

and he and the eight-man Bravo squad

have spent the last two weeks

touring the country,

receiving the nation's thanks.

Their tour ends right here in Dallas,

where they'll be performing

in Thursday's halftime show

alongside Destiny's Child.

Hello?

Hey, Billy. How's your head, buddy?

- What?

- You get a good night's sleep?

Yeah, those strippers last night

were really into you, man.

What are you talking about?

Hey, remember that

halftime show we're doing?

- Shit!

- With Destiny's Child?

Why don't you join us, dumbass?

Here's the reason

why people love this story.

They give us hope,

they give us reason not to despair.

Yeah.

Six minutes and 40 seconds late.

Yes.

- Are you flakin' on me, Lynn?

- No, Sergeant.

Just dreaming about cheerleaders.

- Good man.

- I know it's not a popular war,

and I know what's going on

in the media right now,

but Bravo's a story about America

feeling good about America again.

When the last time you felt good

about that, huh? Tell me.

Dude! She really liked me.

She gave me a freebie.

Sykes, you are so full of shit, man.

We were all wasted last night.

I can't remember shit.

You sure as hell can't remember shit.

Well, all I know is I got a free dance.

We all got a free dance, boy.

Strippers love their country, too.

What I'm saying is,

there was a connection between us,

you know?

Emotion and shit.

That's her job, motherfucker.

Supposed to make you

feel like they like you.

Waitress, actress, stripper, prostitute.

Go f*ck yourself.

Come on. At ease with

the trash talk, fellas.

- We're in front of civilians.

- Yeah. Hey, listen up, all of you.

Right now,

by the grace of God and the media,

we are the face of the American military,

and you will act accordingly.

Do I make myself clear?

Hooah!

Man, we're gonna look ridiculous.

Tell me about it, man.

This whole tour's been

one big dog-and-pony show

for the cameras, Sergeant.

Those were just local appearances.

At halftime, we will be performing

on national television

in front of 40 million viewers.

Now, if that happens to be

the mother of all clusterfucks,

then we should blame it

on bad intelligence.

Inspiring words, Sergeant.

No, they're not the...

No, they're not the elite force.

No, they're a bunch of kids

thrown into the deep end

of a not-so-popular war.

And what do they do?

They bond together with love

and brotherhood, that's what they do.

You can't write that shit, man. Come on!

You guys the Bravos?

What gave us away?

Sergeant David Dime.

These are the men of 2nd Squad,

otherwise known to the media as "Bravo."

Well, I'm Josh.

I'm liaison from the team,

so if you guys need anything today,

you just tell me.

- I'll be taking care of you, all right?

- Hooah.

Sykes would like his dignity back.

- Crack needs to go f*ck himself.

- Come on.

This is Albert Brown,

producer extraordinaire.

- How are you?

- Army set us up with him.

You ever seen the "Fight Night" movies?

- Uh, no.

- Well, you're missing out.

He'll be rolling with us today.

Um, is everybody here?

- Present and accounted for.

- Wait, where's Major Mac?

We're missing our public

affairs coordinator.

He's here, Sergeant.

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Ben Fountain

Ben Fountain (born 1958) is an American fiction writer currently living in Dallas, Texas. He has won many awards including a PEN/Hemingway award for Brief Encounters with Che Guevara: Stories (2007) and the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction for his debut novel Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2012). more…

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