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Release Date: June 26th, 2009

DVD Release Date: January 12th, 2010

R|2 hr 7 min

Plot Summary
Staff Sgt. William James (Jeremy Renner), Sgt. J.T. Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) and Specialist Owen Eldridge (Brian Geraghty) are members of a bomb-disposal unit in Baghdad. As their tour of duty enters its final weeks, the men face a set of increasingly hazardous situations, any of which could end their lives in an explosive instant.

Cast: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, Evangeline Lilly, Christian Camargo

Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Genres: Drama, Action, Thriller, War

Production Co: Kingsgate Films, Voltage Pictures, First Light Production

Distributors: Summit Media

Keywords: 2000s, Gritty, Suspenseful, Soldier, Survival, Gripping, Death, Tense, Quest

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  • A first-rate action thriller, a vivid evocation of urban warfare in Iraq, a penetrating study of heroism and a showcase for austere technique, terse writing and a trio of brilliant performances. Most of all, though, it’s an instant classic that demonstrates, in a brutally hot and dusty laboratory setting, how the drug of war hooks its victims and why they can’t kick the habit. show more

  • Fused with paranoia and almost unbearable suspense, The Hurt Locker is powerful stuff. show more

  • Tensely action-packed and muscularly directed by Kathryn Bigelow, this tale of an elite U.S. army bomb disposal unit in Baghdad is a familiar story in new clothes, targeted at the young male demographic. show more

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Awards

Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Winner Director
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2010)
Winner Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2010)
Winner Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2010)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2010)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Winner Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2010)
Winner Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2010)
Winner Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2010)
Nominated Special Visual Effects
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2010)
Winner Sound Editing
Winner Directing
Winner Film Editing
Nominated Cinematography
Winner Sound Mixing
Winner Writing (Original Screenplay)
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Winner Best Picture