Synopsis: Decorated Iraq war hero Sgt. Brandon King makes a celebrated return to his small Texas hometown following his tour of duty. He tries to resume the life he left behind. Then, against Brandon's will, the Army orders him back to duty in Iraq, which upends his world. The conflict tests everything he believes in: the bond of family, the loyalty of friendship, the limits of love and the value of honor.
Genre: Drama, War
Director(s): Kimberly Peirce
Production: Paramount Pictures
  2 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
112 min

Eyeball, be sure

to get me in focus, man.

Make sure you take the lens cap off

this time.

- Hey, let's play some spades.

- Hey, Tommy's got to go.

All right.

Are you out, Tommy?

When we see Old Glory flying

There's a lot of men dead

So we can sleep in peace at night

When we lay down our head

My daddy served in the Army

Where he lost his right eye

But he flew a flag out in our yard

Till the day that he died

He wanted my mother, my brother

My sister and me

To grow up and live happy

In the land of the free

Now this nation that I love

Has fallen under attack

A mighty sucker punch came flying in

From somewhere in the back

Soon as we could see clearly

Through our big black eye

Man, we lit up the world

Like the Fourth of July

Don't take my leader book.

And Uncle Sam puts your name

At the top of his list

And the Statue of Liberty

Started shaking her fist

And the eagle will fly

And there's gonna be hell

When you hear Mother Freedom

Start ringing her bell

And it feels like the whole wide world

Is raining down on you

Okay, open the door. Open the door.

Brought to you courtesy

Of the red, white and blue

Okay, the squad unit is on the road...

What is that?

- Any Mexicans in there?

- F***er!

- What's that?

- No...

Okay, okay. Okay, close.

Hey, get these guys the f*** out of here.

Just pop shots, guys. Stay alert.

- Get these guys out of here.

- Good to go.

Yeah, Sarge, just waiting around

to get blown up, huh?

Yo, check this out.

Mich, she just sent this to me yesterday.

Damn, Sarge. Your fiance is hot!

Appreciate it.

She and I will make

some cute Tex-Mex babies.

That's it. Now you're cleaning

the shitters. Keep it up.

Just keep it up. Go ahead.

Oh, that's personal. That's personal.

That's personal.

Sergeant King, I just saw Michelle's tits.

- Congratulations, Private.

- Whoa, whoa, whoa, titties?

All right, Steve, deal with that car.

Eyeball, take your post. Come on.

All right, all right.

Whoa! Stop! Stop!

Hold your fire!

Two Apache gunships are on their way

for support.

Do you copy?

We have two men wounded, one killed.

We need emergency medevac

immediately. Over.

Checkpoint two,

we confirm your transmission.

Medevac is on its way.

Sending a Quick Reaction Force

to your pos at this time.


Quick Reaction Force for position, over.

Make it quick. I have two men shot up!

I need help, now!

Units are on their way.

- All right. Send them through.

- Get out of here.

Get out of here.

Mount up! Mount up! Let's go!

We're requesting

a Quick Reaction Force. Over.

We are pursuing insurgents

in a white taxi

north through the city. Over.

- Frank, do you see anything up there?

- North! He's turning north!

All right, he's on our 11. He's on our 11.

- Rico! You see it?

- F***! Damn!

- Steve, you stay on them.

- Can we hit him on the.50?

Not yet, there are too many civilians.

We cannot fire.

I got them on my 11.

You okay, Tommy?

Hold on, here we go!

Look for a clear shot, Frank.

I will give you an order.


- Randy, Frank, cover high. Come on.

- Roger.

- Open door left.

- Psych it up.

- Go! Straight ahead! I got stairs!

- Stay there! Stay there!

Stay calm. Stay calm.

Adjacent room.

Rico, clear?

- Clear!

- Clear!

Stay calm! Coming out!

Rico, coming out!

- Shrive, that's a dry hole!

- Coming out!

All right, move!

Tommy, let's move.

Go, move.

It's an ambush!

Let's prepare to move back!

Ready! Move back!

I got two Hajis right across the street!

Smoke! Smoke!

Preacher, call in!

Tell them we need

immediate extraction!

Tell them we've taken enemy fire!

- Two went down!

- Shadow 6, this is Shadow 3,

Lollipop Quebec Romeo 1-3-3.

We're pinned down.

- We need immediate extraction.

- Move!

We have two KIA. Over.


Preacher, are you hit?

- I got two guys up front.

- Rico's hit!

- I need help!

- Is he all right?

Come on!

Preacher, get Tommy!

- Tommy, come on. Get up!

- Get him out of the street!

Come on, get against the wall.

You okay?

Rico, no sleeping on the job, buddy.

Come on.

Contact in the front of the street!

Contact in the front of the street!

Somebody get some smoke

in that alley!

Get that door open!

Stay with me.

- Can you look at me?

- Is he breathing?

Yeah, he's breathing.

Eyeball, help me get him in here.

Preach? Preacher?

- Preacher's hit!

- Get him out of there!

Tommy! Get your ass inside, right now!

Come on.


Tommy, get your ass in there now!

Get down! Get down!

Steve, don't go in there!

God damn it.


- Steve!

- Man, I'm hit! I'm hit!

- I'm on my last mag!

- How many?

Got a guy at the top of the stairs!

There's another guy

at the end of the f***ing hall!

Coming straight up.



- You all right?

- I'm all right. I'm all right.

All right, Steve-o.

Let's get you out of here.

- I'm all right.

- Come on.

- I'm all right.

- You got it.

Look at you, man.

All right, we're coming down.

We're gonna need cover.

Sergeant Shriver,

I saw your last range scores.

- You ever thought of sniper school?

- I used to.

I'm getting out. I'm getting married, sir.

- You're a hell of a shot.

- I know, sir. Thank you, sir.

Puffing on Boot's cigar pretty hard,

ain't you?

"I know, sir. Thank you, sir.

I know, sir. Thank you, sir."

All right, men, listen up!

We have a bit of a surprise for you.

The good folk of Sergeant King and

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Mark Richard

Mark Richard is an American short story writer, novelist, screenwriter, and poet. He is the author of two award-winning short story collections, The Ice at the Bottom of the World and Charity, a bestselling novel, Fishboy, and House of Prayer No. 2: A Writer's Journey Home. more…

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