Lions for Lambs

Lions for Lambs

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Cast: Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise, Michael Peña

     
 

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Robert Redford directs this dramatic tale of intersecting lives that weaves together the stories of an idealistic professor's attempts to inspire a privileged student, a former student of the teacher who is wounded behind enemy lines in Afghanistan, and a congressman whose interactions with a seasoned journalist reveal much about the man behind the public persona. Tom

Overview

Robert Redford directs this dramatic tale of intersecting lives that weaves together the stories of an idealistic professor's attempts to inspire a privileged student, a former student of the teacher who is wounded behind enemy lines in Afghanistan, and a congressman whose interactions with a seasoned journalist reveal much about the man behind the public persona. Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, and Robert Redford star in a film scripted by Matthew Michael Carnahan.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/08/2008
UPC:
0883904100089
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
R
Source:
20Th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:32:00

Special Features

Audio Commentary by Robert Redford; The Making Of Lions for Lambs featurette; Script-to-screen featurette; UA Legacy retrospective; Theatrical trailers; ; Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Redford Dr. Stephen Malley
Meryl Streep Janine Roth
Tom Cruise Sen. Jasper Irving
Michael Peña Ernest Rodriguez
Andrew Garfield Todd Hayes
Peter Berg Wirey Pink
Kevin Dunn Howard
Derek Luke Arian Finch
Christopher Carley Actor

Technical Credits
Robert Redford Director,Producer
François Audouy Art Director
Matthew Michael Carnahan Producer,Screenwriter
Frank Eulner Sound/Sound Designer
Tracy Falco Producer
Andrew Hauptman Producer
Petur Hliddal Sound/Sound Designer
William Holderman Associate Producer
Joe Hutshing Editor
Richard Hymns Sound/Sound Designer
Mark Isham Score Composer
Avy Kaufman Casting
Daniel Lupi Executive Producer
Jan Roelfs Production Designer
Philippe Rousselot Cinematographer
Adam Somner Asst. Director
Mary Zophres Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Lions for Lambs
1. Hearts And Minds [:02]
2. LZ Hawk [2:10]
3. Hope [2:10]
4. The High Ground [2:47]
5. Surprise Attack [:11]
6. On The Line [:11]
7. Two Missing [:10]
8. What Do We Do Now? [:10]
9. Alive [2:25]
10. Courage Of The Real Kind [:14]
11. "Small" Is The Point [:14]
12. Noise In The Night [:33]
13. Connections [:33]
14. Breathe [2:51]
15. The Way To Change Things [3:18]
16. An Act Of Engagement [:24]
17. If [:24]
18. When? [1:12]
19. Whatever It Takes [2:29]
20. The Best And The Brightest [4:14]
21. The Challenge [1:51]
22. Janine's Story [:55]
23. Digging Out [5:16]
24. Your Own Man [1:05]
25. Together [2:23]
26. At A Crossroads [1:55]
27. The Stand [1:32]
28. End Titles [4:06]

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Lions for Lambs 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
LIONS FOR LAMBS as a movie has the courage to do just what the message of the film attempts to do: encourage the American public to stop being so apathetic about our position in the global community. The dramatization of three points of view about the Middle East conflicts (it not only takes on the Iraq debacle, but adds the Afghanistan and Iran problems as well) could, in lesser hands than Robert Redford's direction of Matthew Michael Carnahan's script, be a preachy bore. But while the 'action' of the film may not grab the viewer, the afterburn of the message will haunt the thinking person. Three scenarios interweave (at times a bit bumpy in the editing, and at times a bit distracting): adamantly pro-war Republican Senator Irving (Tom Cruise) is interviewed by long time thinking journalist Janine Roth (Meryl Streep) and each defends/attacks the current strategy of the war in Iraq (Irving is taking calls about the latest 'expansion' into Afghanistan) Professor Malley (Robert Redford) tries to resurrect a sense of involvement in a student Todd Hayes (Andrew Garfield) once bright but now sinking into the apathy of living the good life ex-students of Professor Malley - Arian Finch (Derek Luke) and Ernesto Rodriguez (Michael Peña) - have committed to the idea of acting for change and have ended up being dropped in Afghanistan in the very 'new' war Senator Irving is addressing. By stirring these three approaches to the manner in which the public is a currently addressing the war in Iraq in a concurrent conversation, the film involves the viewer in the crossfire of apathy and misinformation that come from failed education, faulty governmental intervention and the media sellout to get ratings. It is not a pretty picture, but then our current state of affairs is not one of which we can be proud. There are no answers here, just harsh realities and questions as to why we can remain so passive as a nation involved in the lowest state of global respect ever known. The film has flaws, but if the viewer can digest the information illustrated by some very fine acting, perhaps there may be a chance for a wake-up call. Watch it for the message, not expecting a thriller or an action movie. The mind is what is engaged here. Grady Harp
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a thoughtful film and well worth watching. “Lions for Lambs” offers various perspectives on the "War on Terror". It also addresses the problem of apathy and the lack of faith in government. I was surprised to find how much I related to the diverse characters in the film who defended opposing views: The truth-seeking journalist the young men from poor neighborhoods who want to make the world better the intellectual slacker who sees through the bull of politics and asks “what’s the point of caring or getting involved?” the senator who promotes the need to smash obvious evil with military might in order to prevent it from spreading and the university professor who believes we all still have a responsibility to care, no matter how bad and pointless it all may seem. Despite their opposing positions, I found at least some things that were reasonable in all of the characters. One of the most important points "Lions for Lambs" makes is that the US media has lost its way with terrible consequences. Television news in particular has become laughable. With so much time and effort given to covering pop stars and missing white women, there is little air time left for analytical coverage of government policies and actions—not to mention the 25,000 children who die each day in poverty around the world or the rapid loss of our planet's biodiversity. No one should approach this movie with the expectation of seeing an action-packed war movie. This is mostly a talking-heads film. If you are a thoughtful person who knows and cares about current events, you will probably enjoy this movie. However, if you await the latest reports on the Britney Spears' saga with breathless anticipation, then this movie is likely to disappoint you. Then again, you may be the very person who needs to see it most. --Guy P. Harrison, author of “50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God” "Prometheus Books 2008"
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