"The Hurt Locker" (2009)

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"The Hurt Locker" (2009)

Voltage Pictures, Grosvenor Park Media, Film Capital Europe Funds, First Light Productions, Kingsgate Films

The Hurt Locker", winner of the 2008 Venice Film Festival SIGNIS Grand Prize, is a riveting, suspenseful portrait of the courage under fire of the militarys unrecognized heroes: the technicians of a bomb squad who volunteer to challenge the odds and save lives in one of the worlds most dangerous places. Three members of the Armys elite Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) squad battle insurgents and each other as they search for and disarm a wave of roadside bombs on the streets of Baghdad—in order to try and make the city a safer place for Iraqis and Americans alike. Their mission is clear—protect and save—but its anything but easy, as the margin of error when defusing a war-zone bomb is zero. This thrilling and heart-pounding look at the effects of combat and danger on the human psyche is based on the first-hand observations of journalist and screenwriter Mark Boal, who was embedded with a special bomb unit in Iraq. These men spoke of explosions as putting you in the hurt locker.

Release date: September 4, 2008 (Venice), June 26, 2009 (United States)

Genre': Drama

Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Produced by: Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier, Greg Shapiro
Written by: Mark Boal
Music by: Marco Beltrami, Buck Sanders
Cinematography: Barry Ackroyd
Edited by: Chris Innis, Bob Murawski

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


Academy Awards (2010 / 82nd):
  • Best Motion Picture of the Year
  • Best Achievement in Directing
  • Best Writing, Original Screenplay
  • Best Achievement in Film Editing
  • Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
  • Best Achievement in Sound Editing
BAFTA Awards (2010):
  • Best Film
  • Best Screenplay - Original
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Editing
  • Best Sound
  • David Lean Award for Direction
Overall: 123 wins and 126 nominations
Note: The film received nine Oscar nominations in total, and was the first Best Picture winner by a female director. Katherine Bigelow also became the first female director to win Best Director.

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