Director: Kimberly Peirce Cast: Ryan Phillippe, Abbie Cornish, Channing Tatum
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After serving his tour of duty in Iraq, a young American soldier who is ordered to return to the front lines as part of the military's controversial stop-loss policy opts instead to go AWOL in a thought-provoking military drama directed by Kimberly Peirce. Sgt. Brandon King (Ryan Philippe) is a decorated Iraq War veteran who once served his country with pride. After his tour of duty comes to an end, King returns to his Texas hometown and attempts to pick up where he once left off with a little help from his family, as well as long-time best friend and war buddy Steve Shriver (Channing Tatum). But just as Brandon, Steve, and the rest of their war buddies begin to settle back into civilian life, Uncle Sam comes calling on them once again. Suddenly ordered back into active duty, the disillusioned war veteran begins to question not just his ties to family and his longtime friendships, but his capacity for love and his sense of honor as well.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/08/2008
UPC: 0097363476542
Original Release: 2008
Rating: R
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:51:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; 11 deleted scenes (with optional commentary); The making of Stop-Loss; Commentary by director Kimblery Peirce and co-writer Mark Richard; Featurette: A Day in Boot Camp

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ryan Phillippe Brandon King
Abbie Cornish Michele
Channing Tatum Steve Shriver
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Tommy Burges
Ciarán Hinds Roy King
Timothy Olyphant Lt. Col. Boot Miller
Victor Rasuk Rico Rodriguez
Rob Brown Isaac "Eyeball" Butler
Mamie Gummer Jeanie
Josef Sommer Sen. Orton Worrell
Linda Emond Ida King
Alex Frost Shorty

Technical Credits
Kimberly Peirce Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Pamela Abdy Executive Producer
Peter Borck Art Director
William M. Connor Asst. Director
Michael Diliberti Associate Producer
Jim Dunbar Musical Direction/Supervision
Eugene Gearty Sound/Sound Designer
Gregory Goodman Producer
Avy Kaufman Casting
Chris Menges Cinematographer
Danny Michael Sound/Sound Designer
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
John Powell Score Composer
Mark Richard Screenwriter
Mark Roybal Producer
Scott Rudin Producer
Claire Simpson Editor
Marlene Stewart Costumes/Costume Designer
David Wasco Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Stop-Loss
1. Chapter 1 [7:02]
2. Chapter 2 [6:32]
3. Chapter 3 [7:05]
4. Chapter 4 [6:56]
5. Chapter 5 [6:31]
6. Chapter 6 [6:09]
7. Chapter 7 [6:12]
8. Chapter 8 [6:23]
9. Chapter 9 [7:30]
10. Chapter 10 [6:45]
11. Chapter 11 [7:15]
12. Chapter 12 [6:30]
13. Chapter 13 [6:38]
14. Chapter 14 [5:32]
15. Chapter 15 [4:47]
16. Chapter 16 [6:41]
17. Chapter 17 [7:13]

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Stop-Loss 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The title of this film STOP-LOSS may puzzle many. According to Wikipedia, 'Stop-loss, in the United States military, is the involuntary extension of a service member's active duty service under the enlistment contract in order to retain them beyond their initial end of term of service (ETS) date. It also applies to the cessation of a permanent change of station (PCS) move for a member still in military service'. According to writer (with Mark Richard)/director Kimberly Pierce (whose previous 'Boy's Don't Cry' tackled similarly volatile issues), the impetus for making this film about the effects of war on veterans returning home was her viewing of videos taken by soldiers while actively engaged in battle in Iraq: this is the first war where the soldiers have actually photographed their own experiences, documenting the realities/horrors of war on the now popular video equipment at their disposal. It is a solid idea for a film, but somehow the idea gets diluted in the script. Texas homeboys who have just returned from the Iraq war are greeted with a parade and medals and empty rhetoric, but find adapting to reentry into their native land is fraught with the deeply embedded mental wounds of their experience: interpersonal relationships fall apart, families face altered personalities in their sons, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome reigns. Brandon (Ryan Phillippe) blames himself for the deaths of his men, Tommy (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) drinks himself toward suicide, Rico (Victor Rasuk) attempts to see past his traumatically missing limbs, Isaac (Rob Brown) finds his entire world out of focus, and Steve (Channing Tatum) sees the military as his only point of reality to a life of success. When Brandon receives his Stop-Loss instead of his discharge papers his world turns upside down and he flounders in his nightmares and his need for escape to Canada or Mexico with his friend Michelle (Abbie Cornish). The horror of events that follow the homecoming of these damaged soldiers culminates in a tragedy that somehow results in the soldiers following the orders of the governmental Stop-Loss orders. And that is the worst tragedy. Though the message is important, the delivery of it gets hazy: the motivations of the characters are too loosely defined to convince us of their terrible plights. But the impact on the public should be a wake-up call on the extended damage of war - any war- on the men and women who experience it first hand and carry the mental scars for life. For that reason, if for no other, this is a film that should be seen. Grady Harp
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