• 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: Drama , War

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

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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    The more I thought about it, the less I liked what it turned out to be -- a vague promise unkept. show more

  • 90
    Michael RechtshaffenThe Hollywood Reporter

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

  • 75
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Haggis' earnest and eloquent film about the impact of the war in Iraq on U.S. soldiers, and by extension, their nation, is human-scaled. And as deep and harrowed as Jones' crevassed face. show more

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