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Lions For Lambs (Widescreen)

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Robert Redford, Tom Cruise, and Meryl Streep deliver "three knockout performances" (Vue Weekly) in this powerful story about how the decision makers at the top affect American soldiers on the ground half a world away.

An idealistic professor (Redford), a charismatic U.S. Senator (Cruise), and a probing TV journalist (Streep) have opposing viewpoints about the actions of our nation and the attitudes of its citizens. But the human consequences of war become chillingly clear for two of the professor's former students, who find themselves trapped behind enemy lines, fighting for freedom...and their very lives.


Studio Tcfhe/mgm
SKU 206868726
UPC 883904100089
UPC 14 00883904100089
Format DVD
Release Date 5/19/2009
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Name Cruise,Tom
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Cast & Crew
Andrew Garfield - Actor
Derek Luke - Actor
Francois Audouy - Art Director
Jan Roelfs - Production Designer
Joe Hutshing - Editor
Kevin Dunn - Actor
Mark Isham - Original Music By
Matthew Michael Carnahan - Writer
Meryl Streep - Actor
Michael Pena - Actor
Peter Berg - Actor
Philippe Rousselot - Cinematographer
Robert Redford - Producer
Robert Redford - Director
Robert Redford - Actor
Tom Cruise - Actor
Tom Cruise - Executive Producer
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Lions for Lambs is one of those movies in which the principals talk a lot but don't say much. The film is built not upon characters and plot but upon ideas. That would be fine if the ideas were revolutionary or interesting, but they're fairly commonplace. At its heart, this is an anti-war movie but, unlike other films existing in this growing genre, it doesn't pretend that the current situation is a series of black-and-white discrete instances. It acknowledges the grays. The problem is, aside from some okay performances by high-profile talent, there's nothing worth watching going on here. It's surprising that a director of Robert Redford's undeniable skill has made such a bland and somnambulant motion picture...Maybe the problem with Lions for Lambs is that it's behind the curve. Perhaps three years ago, it might have seemed fresh and interesting, but information has come out and opposition to the war has grown. Now, the movie seems like it's re-hashing familiar territory rather than plowing new ground. Redford is known to be a slow, deliberate worker...In this instance, that trait may have hurt him. In many ways, Lions for Lambs may have more going for it than any of this era's crop of anti-war films but it ultimately fares no better than the least of them. Its pitfalls may be different but the result is the same: it's not entertaining, educational, or effective.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Useful new things to be said about the debacle in Iraq are in very short supply. I'm not sure that's what "Lions for Lambs" intends to demonstrate, but it does, exhaustingly. Essentially, if I have this right, we should never have invaded Iraq, but now that we're there, (1) we can't very well leave, and (2) we can't very well stay, so (3) the answer is, stay while in the process of leaving...The movie is a talkathon with a certain amount of military action. It could be presented about as well as a radio play. Directed by Robert Redford, it uses an all-star cast which focuses attention away from the dialogue and toward the performances. Since I doubt that's what Redford intended, it doesn't speak well for the screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan...The movie is anti-Bush's war, I guess. The journalist makes better points than the senator, anyway. What the professor and his student think is hard to say, although they are very articulate in muddying the waters. As for the two enlistees, it is safe to assume that at the end of the film, they are wondering whether their debate strategy was the right one...There is a long stretch toward the beginning of the film when we're interested, under the delusion that it's going somewhere. When we begin to suspect it's going in circles, our interest flags, and at the end, while rousing music plays, I would have preferred the Peggy Lee version of "Is That All There Is?"
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen, Sensormatic, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Cruise,Tom
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
David Ansen, Newsweek Intelligent, deadly serious, made in a spirit of patriotism and protest...a call to action.
Helen O'Hara, Empire A smart, accessible, surprisingly balanced look at our dysfunctional world. Compelling stuff.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle ...responsive, engaged filmmaking, the kind of movie they say Americans don't make.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly act of idealistic hubris in today's commercial marketplace...
Stephanie Zacharek, ...a weird movie hybrid, both a tasteful picture and an angry one.
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