War USA Movies 2008 The Hurt Locker - Directed By Kathryn Bigelow

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Iraq. Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb.

War is a drug.
Cut the red wire.
You don't have to be a hero to do this job. But it helps.
Cut the red one.

Runtime: 131 min

The expression "the hurt locker" is a preexisting slang term for a situation involving trouble or pain, which can be traced back to the Vietnam War. According to the movie's website, it is soldier vernacular in Iraq to speak of explosions as sending you to "the hurt locker".

In this movie, there are no opening credits, not even a title.


 Drama | Thriller | War

Oscars Won

Best Achievement in Directing
Kathryn Bigelow
Best Achievement in Editing
Bob Murawski
Chris Innis
Best Achievement in Sound
Paul N.J. Ottosson
Ray Beckett
Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Paul N.J. Ottosson
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Kathryn Bigelow
Mark Boal
Nicolas Chartier
Greg Shapiro
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Mark Boal 
Another 73 wins & 47 nominations...

Trivia for The Hurt Locker (2008)

The film was shot on location in Jordan. Jordan is a safe place. So safe that actors didn't want to have bodyguards as was first intended. There was no Jordanian military acting as security for the film. Security- set dressing and onset - was provided by a private company.

Jeremy Renner tripped and fell down some stairs while carrying an Iraqi boy on the film's set. Shooting was stopped for several days while Renner's ankle healed.

The crew members were American, Jordanian, Lebanese, English, Irish, German, Moroccan, Danish, Tunisian, Canadian, South African, Icelandic, Iraqi, Libyan, Circassian, Palestinian, Armenian, Swedish, Australian, Canadian, and New Zealanders.

Third Best Picture winner (along with Crash (2004/I) and Casablanca (1942)) to have originally premiered in the year before it qualified for Academy Awards consideration.

Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win the Academy Award, the BAFTA, and the DGA for Best Director for her work on this film. This is also the first film to win Best Picture that was directed by a woman.

First dramatic feature film about the Iraq War to win an Academy Award. First war movie about a modern war to win the Best Picture Academy Award where the war featured is not World War I, World War II nor the Vietnam War. First war movie to win the Best Picture Academy Award since The English Patient (1996). First war movie to win a Best Director Academy Award since Roman Polanski's The Pianist (2002).

Goofs for The Hurt Locker (2008)

Continuity Goofs For The Hurt Locker

Continuity: In both the opening scene and the desert scene, the angle of the sun mysteriously changes from north, south, east and west to directly in front, to behind, low on the horizon, then directly overhead and suddenly no shadows at all (a slightly over cast day of shooting that part of the scene perhaps?).

Continuity: When James initially hands Sanborn the Barrett M107 magazine, before Eldridge cleans it off, the rounds in the magazine have no bullets. In the next shot, when Sanborn receives the magazine, the rounds have bullets in them.

Continuity: After James drops off Sanborn at his barracks, he proceeds to drink some liquor from a bottle before placing it on the table. He puts the bomb suit helmet on in a close up and once the camera zooms back out, the bottle is clearly on the floor next to his bed.

Continuity: The last name of the Specialist in the EOD team is "Eldridge," according to his uniform shirt, but in several sequences the name "Eldrich" is clearly visible stitched into the elastic band around the character's Kevlar helmet.

Continuity: When James carries the boy's body out of the building facing the camera, the boy's head is sagging off his arm when he's facing the camera, but resting against his chest when the camera's behind him.

Continuity: In the opening scene, when Sergeant Matt Thompson is approaching the bomb he is walking down the train tracks. When the the camera view is switched to inside his helmet it shows the tracks off to his right and dirt in front of him. When they switch views again he's back walking down the tracks.

Continuity: After James puts out the car fire and gets in the car, there are absolutely no scorch marks on the pavement around it. Furthermore, he would not have been able to touch or enter a car that had been burning so furiously because it would be too hot for quite some time.

Continuity: After Williams puts the car out from being on fire you can see in a close up on his helmet the reflection of the flames still burning.

Continuity: When James is running from the suicide bomber, unable to disarm the explosives, his protective visor is up, when the bomb explodes the visor is down.

Continuity: When James goes to little Beckham's house its the middle of the night, but once inside, sun is shining in through the windows. The only possible reason is if there is daybreak, but once outside, its night again.

Continuity: In the scene with the suicide bomber, Sanborn helps William to suit up into the protective gear. Sanborn attaches the protective gear to the helmet on both sides of the neck and then when William turns to go the suicide bomber, it is clearly seen that the right side portion of the protective gear near the neck is not attached to the helmet. But right in the next scene, you will see that it is attached to the helmet.

Continuity: After Sanborn puts Thompson's dog tags into the box with Thompson's effects, another soldier puts a cover on the box. In the cut immediately following, Sanborn is looking into the box and the cover is not on.

Continuity: The wheeled 6x6 APC appearing right after the Humvee in the opening scenes is not a US Army vehicle, but a South African made Ratel modified in Jordan with a Ukrainian KMDB BAU-23-2 turret.

Anachronisms For The Hurt Locker

Anachronisms: The Army ACU uniforms worn did not come into service until 2005.

Anachronisms: One character says an Iraqi with a video camera is preparing a clip for YouTube. The scene takes place in 2004. YouTube was created in 2005.

Anachronisms: In the movie, all the soldiers are wearing the digital ACU (Army Combat Uniform). While the opening scene takes place in Baghdad in 2004, the first units to be issued the ACU did not receive them until February of 2005. The correct uniform for the time period would have been the three color DCU (Desert Combat Uniform).

Anachronisms: Specialist Eldridge plays Gears of War (2006) (VG) on an Xbox 360 when Colonel Cambridge enters the room to counsel him. The Xbox 360 was first released 2005; Gears of War debuted in November 2006. Yet the setting is Baghdad in 2004.

Anachronisms: The three Ministry songs played in this movie were from the album Rio Grande Blood, which was released in 2006. The movie is set in 2004.

Revealing mistakes for The Hurt Locker

Revealing mistakes: In the opening sequence where a bomb is detonated by a cell phone, a closeup of the phone shows a randomly entered number, and when the actor presses "Send" to detonate the bomb, the phone, almost out of frame, partially reads out "Not allowed" with a stop sign icon.

Revealing mistakes: Several close-up shots of Eldridge with his M4 are flipped. The forward assist is on the left side of the M4 in those shots; in reality, they are on the right side of the receiver.

Revealing mistakes: The ACOG sights mounted on James' and Sanborn's M4s are clearly replicas. ACOGs only have 2 knobs used for windage and elevation, the ACOGs in the movie have three knobs.

Revealing mistakes: The "radio" that SSG (or SFC) James wears on his head is really only ear protection with built-in mics to allow one to hear normal conversation. It has the capability to be connected to a radio, but his isn't.

Revealing mistakes: After the Barret jams and James hands Sandborn the magazine of .50 cal rounds before the blood gets cleaned off there is a scene where the magazine only has empty cartridges in it, without any bullets.

Revealing mistakes: When James shoots the ground near the cab, a camera shot behind the driver shows him flinching towards the bullet. The next round fired is over the driver's right side, he flinches the same way.

Revealing mistakes: James would not have been able to put out the raging car fire with a single medium sized fire extinguisher.

Revealing mistakes: When the Iraqi cab driver runs the line and stops inches from James, James pulls his gun and eventually shoots out the car's windshield. The glass shatters as though constructed of tempered glass. A typical windshield is constructed of laminated glass a would leave a well-defined bullet hole if shot.

Factual Errors for The Hurt Locker

Factual errors: In the opening scene a bomb is detonated by a cell-phone. Every anti-bomb team carries a small device which, when turned on, suppresses all cellular transmissions within several hundred meters around the device, especially to avoid such accidents. Similar devices are also used in theaters to preclude spectators from using cellphones during performance and by car-thieves to suppress GSM-based tracking devices.

Factual errors: The bombs pictured would not have to be "disarmed" as portrayed. The military munitions were fused with primer cord. Simply cutting the primer cord would have isolated the bomb from the electrical cap ignition circuit thereby making it inert. Primercord explodes but with the force of a M-40 firecracker not high explosive force. Prima cord is in fact a high explosive and explodes at a velocity much greater than a firecracker, approx 23,000 fps.

Factual errors: In the scene where Eldridge is observing the goats on the bridge, his Aimpoint CompM2 is shown with zoom capabilities. The real Aimpoint CompM2 is a red dot sight, and has no magnification.

Factual errors: Jeremy Renner is credited as "Staff Sergeant William James," an E-6. But his character wears the rank of an E-7, Sergeant First Class (3 chevrons and 2 rockers).

Factual errors: In the stand off scene in the desert the shelter the insurgents are being protected by would not have been strong enough to stop the bullets from a Barrett M107 anti-material rifle, which is designed to punch through thick armour plating.

Factual errors: When Eldridge uses his CamelBak to clean the Barrett M107 magazine, the hose is coming from the right side of the sack. CamelBak hoses protrude from the left so the wearer can still hold a right handed weapon while drinking from the sack.

Factual errors: The British Special forces/"contractors" frequently use the American term "wrench" rather than the British term "spanner".

Factual errors: At the end of the movie two Ch-47 Chinook Helicopters heavy lift with United States Marine Corps markings/livery are seen approaching a landing zone. In the U.S. Military only the Army operates and flies the Ch-47.

Factual errors: The rank abbreviation shown on Staff Sergeant Thompson's box of personal belongings is "SGT" which is incorrect. The correct abbreviation for Staff Sergeant in the US Army is "SSG".

Factual errors: In the scene where James pulls his side arm on the cab driver. The pistol he holds is not the military issue M-9, or civilian Beretta 92F, but a much older Beretta 92 model that has never been issued by the US Millitary. It looks like its an old model 92 with a round trigger guard and frame mounted safety and deep blued finish. The modern Berettas have combat trigger guards, slide mounted safety/ hammer drops and are a mat finish. The Beretta 92 has been out of production sense the 1970s

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers) in The Hurt Locker

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In the scene with the body bomb, the Lieutenant Colonel tells the Iraqis to leave by saying "Ishmee!" The proper term in Iraqi Arabic is "Imshee!"

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): LTC Cambridge wears two U.S. flags on his ACUs. The flag is only worn on the right shoulder. The spot on the left shoulder where he wears the extra flag is reserved for special skill tabs.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In the opening sequence, an Arabic voice can be heard shouting "Youjed hunak qunbilah" - the accent is clearly not Iraqi. There is also a grammatical error, but it is a normal error, given the fact that most Arabs don't usually speak excellent standard Arabic, in addition most of the Iraqis who worked with the American army were not highly educated, not that they cared.

Crew or equipment visible in The Hurt Locker 

Crew or equipment visible: In the scene with the man with the suicide vest, what appear to be the outline of knee pads under his pants are visible as he goes to his knees.

Crew or equipment visible: When James passes through the plastic cover in the area with the rotting body, a hand can be seen helping James opening it.

Crew or equipment visible: After the contractor leader is killed, another contractor is telling by radio he is receiving incoming fire, you can see a moving head in the background.

Crew or equipment visible: When Sgt. James is removing the bomb from Beckham's stomach, you can see a crew member in the background behind the curtain, when Sgt. James is supposed to be the only person in the building.

Incorrectly regarded Goofs for The Hurt Locker

Incorrectly regarded as goofs: The EOD team usually went out of the wire by themselves. Usually when EOD goes out of the gate they are escorted by a quick reaction force (QRF) of 3 or more Humvees. However since the movie takes place in 2004, during the early part of the war, it is plausible that the EOD team took the initiative to take on missions without support. EOD teams are highly trained professional soldiers, if they get a call, they will not wait around for support. They just go get the job done.

Memorable quotes forThe Hurt Locker (2008)

Opening Quote by Chris Hedges: The rush of battle is often a potent and lethal addiction, for war is a drug.

Guard at Liberty Gate: [after catching James coming back into the camp after having snuck out] What were you doing out there?
Staff Sergeant William James: Visiting a whorehouse.
Guard at Liberty Gate: Okay. If I let you back in, will you tell me where it is exactly?

Staff Sergeant William James: There's enough bang in there to blow us all to Jesus. If I'm gonna die, I want to die comfortable.

Sergeant JT Sanborn: I'm ready to die, James.
Staff Sergeant William James: Well, you're not gonna die out here, bro.
Sergeant JT Sanborn: Another two inches, shrapnel zings by; slices my throat- I bleed out like a pig in the sand. Nobody'll give a shit. I mean my parents- they care- but they don't count, man. Who else? I don't even have a son.
Staff Sergeant William James: Well, you're gonna have plenty of time for that, amigo.
Sergeant JT Sanborn: Naw, man. I'm done. I want a son. I want a little boy, Will. I mean, how do you do it, you know? Take the risk?
Staff Sergeant William James: I don't know. I guess I don't think about it.
Sergeant JT Sanborn: But you realize every time you suit up, every time we go out, it's life or death. You roll the dice, and you deal with it. You recognize that don't you?
Staff Sergeant William James: Yea... Yea, I do. But I don't know why.
Staff Sergeant William James: I don't know, JT. You know why I'm the way I am?
Sergeant JT Sanborn: No, I don't.

Colonel Reed: You the guy in the flaming car, Sergeant James?
Staff Sergeant William James: Afternoon, sir. Uh, yes, sir.
Colonel Reed: Well, that's just hot shit. You're a wild man, you know that?
Staff Sergeant William James: Uh, yes, sir.
Colonel Reed: He's a wild man. You know that? I want to shake your hand.
Staff Sergeant William James: Thank you, sir.
Colonel Reed: Yeah. How many bombs have you disarmed?
Staff Sergeant William James: Uh, I'm not quite sure.
Colonel Reed: Sergeant?
Staff Sergeant William James: Yes, sir.
Colonel Reed: I asked you a question.
Staff Sergeant William James: Eight hundred seventy-three, sir.
Colonel Reed: Eight hundred! And seventy-three. Eight hundred! And seventy-three. That's just hot shit. Eight hundred and seventy-three.
Staff Sergeant William James: Counting today, sir, yes.
Colonel Reed: That's gotta be a record. What's the best way to... go about disarming one of these things?
Staff Sergeant William James: The way you don't die, sir.
Colonel Reed: That's a good one. That's spoken like a wild man. That's good.

Spc. Owen Eldridge: Aren't you glad the Army has all these tanks parked here? Just in case the Russians come and we have to have a big tank battle?
Sergeant JT Sanborn: I'd rather be on the side with the tanks, just in case, than not have them.
Spc. Owen Eldridge: Yeah, but they don't do anything. I mean, anyone comes alongside a Humvee, we're dead. Anybody even looks at you funny, we're dead. Pretty much the bottom line is, if you're in Iraq, you're dead. How's a fucking tank supposed to stop that?
Sergeant JT Sanborn: Would you shut the fuck up, Owen?
Spc. Owen Eldridge: Sorry. Just tryin' to scare the new guy.

Sergeant JT Sanborn: I can't get it in.
Sgt. Matt Thompson: What do you mean you can't get it in? Pretend it's your dick.
Sergeant JT Sanborn: How about I pretend it's your dick?
Sgt. Matt Thompson: Well in that case you'll never get it in.

Staff Sergeant William James: [Speaking to his son] You love playing with that. You love playing with all your stuffed animals. You love your Mommy, your Daddy. You love your pajamas. You love everything, don't ya? Yea. But you know what, buddy? As you get older... some of the things you love might not seem so special anymore. Like your Jack-in-a-Box. Maybe you'll realize it's just a piece of tin and a stuffed animal. And the older you get, the fewer things you really love. And by the time you get to my age, maybe it's only one or two things. With me, I think it's one.

Sergeant JT Sanborn: [as team mate approaches unexploded bomb] You know, these detonators misfire all the time.
Spc. Owen Eldridge: What are you doing?
Sergeant JT Sanborn: I'm just saying shit happens, they misfire.
Spc. Owen Eldridge: He'd be obliterated to nothing.
Sergeant JT Sanborn: His helmet would be left. You could have that. Little specs of hair charred on the inside.
Spc. Owen Eldridge: Yeah. There'd be half a helmet somewhere, bits of hair.
Sergeant JT Sanborn: Have to ask for a change in technique and protocol, and make sure this type of accident never happen again, you know? You'd have to write the report.
Spc. Owen Eldridge: Are you serious?
Sergeant JT Sanborn: I can't write it.


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