• In the Valley of Elah (2007)

In the Valley of Elah

Release Date: September 14th, 2007

DVD Release Date: February 19th, 2008

R |2 hr 1 min

Plot Summary

A police detective (Charlize Theron) helps a retired Army sergeant (Tommy Lee Jones) search for his son, a soldier who went missing soon after returning from Iraq. Hank Deerfield, a Vietnam War veteran, learns that his son may have met with foul play after a night on the town with members of his platoon.

Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, Jason Patric, Susan Sarandon, James Franco, Barry Corbin, Josh Brolin, Frances Fisher

Director: Paul Haggis

Genres: War , Drama

Production Co: Samuels Media, Summit Entertainment, Blackfriars Bridge, Nala Films

Keywords: Quest, 2000s, Death, Mystery, Dark, Wife, Deception, Father, Emotional, Investigation, Soldier

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    Michael RechtshaffenThe Hollywood Reporter

    A deeply reflective, quietly powerful work that is as timely as it is moving. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Paul Haggis' In the Valley of Elah is built on Tommy Lee Jones' persona, and that is why it works so well. The same material could have been banal or routine with an actor trying to be "earnest" and "sincere." show more

  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    For the most part it is an effective, disturbing and - a rarity for Haggis - subtle exploration of the stateside war story. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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