In the Valley of Elah


2h 2007

Brief Synopsis

On his first weekend back after serving in Iraq, Mike Deerfield goes missing and is reported AWOL. When Hank Deerfield, a former military MP and his wife Joan get the phone call with the disturbing news, Hank sets out to search for their son. Emily Sanders, a police detective in the jurisdiction w

Film Details

Also Known As
Death and Dishonor, Garden of Elah, The, Untitled (Haggis/Mystery/Thriller Project)
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2007
Production Company
John A Hamby; Lida Davidians
Distribution Company
Warner Independent Pictures; Warner Independent Pictures (WIP)
Location
New Mexico, USA; Morocco

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

Synopsis

On his first weekend back after serving in Iraq, Mike Deerfield goes missing and is reported AWOL. When Hank Deerfield, a former military MP and his wife Joan get the phone call with the disturbing news, Hank sets out to search for their son. Emily Sanders, a police detective in the jurisdiction where Mike was last seen, reluctantly helps him in his search. As the evidence grows, her missing person's case begins to look more and more like foul play, and soon Sanders finds herself in a fight with the military brass as she and Hank struggle to keep control of the investigation. But when the truth about Mike's time in Iraq finally begins to emerge, Hank's entire world is challenged and he's forced to reevaluate long-held beliefs to solve the mystery behind his son's disappearance.

Crew

Elabdi Abdelhadi

Assistant Location Manager

Karim Abouobayd

Line Producer

Timothy B Abreu

Props

Douglas Neal Acton

Medic

Keith Adams

Stunt Performer

Marilyn Adams

Assistant Editor

Catherine Adrian

Accountant

Tahar Ajoualil

Swing

Reda Akaaboune

Office Runner

Naima Alaoui

Production Coordinator

Robert Althoff

Sound Mixer

Linda Daniels Anderson

Driver

Abdessamad El Archaoui

Driver

Enid Arias

Hair

Mohamed Awhezane

Set Production Assistant

Paul Baca

Medic

Mouhssine El Badaoui

Assistant Director

Norman Baillie

Special Effects Technician

Colonel Abdellatif El Bakkouri

Consultant

Hafid Balafrej

Production Manager

Liza Bambenek

Assistant Camera

Mohammad El Barch

Driver

Jim Barth

Foreman

Thomas J Barton

Greensman

Travis Baumann

Digital Effects Artist

Michael P Becker

Boom Operator

Larry Becsey

Producer

Samuel W Beitz

Driver

Noureddine Belfadla

Transportation Co-Captain

Jennifer M Bell

Hair

Tony Bell

Boom Operator

Zineb Ben Doula

Hair

Laurence Bennett

Production Designer

Maria Bentfield

Key Costumer

Robert Berman

Assistant Editor

Jeff Bettis

Grip

Josh Blakeslee

Camera Assistant

Andrew Blau

Coordinator

Kurt Blondis

Props

Mark Boal

Story By

Mark Boal

Source Material

Michael Bogen

Digital Effects Artist

Gillian Bohrer

Assistant

Jo Edna Boldin

Casting

Bradford Booth

Set Costumer

Theo Bott

Lighting Technician

Brahim Bouaa

Grip

Khalid Boulasri

Location Manager

Bryan Bowen

Sound Effects Editor

J. D. Bowers

Prosthetic Makeup

Craig P Bradley

On-Set Dresser

Eleanor Bravo

Casting

Kathleen Breton-collier

Tutor

D Compton Brodhead

Special Effects Technician

David Brownlow

Boom Operator

Charley Bob Burnham

Transportation Coordinator

Bobby Burns

Stunt Coordinator

Joel Byrne

Song

John C Cameron

Property Master

Paul Candrilli

Best Boy Grip

Al Cantu

Driver

Tim Carlson

Stand-In

Ozzie Carmona

Digital Effects Artist

Joann Chaney

Hair Stylist

Debra Chapman

Tailor

Steve Chapman

Props

Victor Chavez

Props

Andrew Cheung

Grip

S Todd Christensen

Location Manager

Matthew Lee Christmas

Stunt Performer

William Clair

Driver

M Drew Clarke

Driver

Kenneth R Cole

Foreman

Carlton Coleman

Prosthetic Makeup

Paul Conti

Video Playback

Robert Corlew

Production Coordinator

Jacob Cottrell

Lighting Technician

Jason Critchfield

Painter

Arthur B Crutcher

Transportation Captain

David Cummings

Grip

David Daniels

Music

Jesse Davey

Song

Robin Davey

Song

Lida Davidians

Production Insurance

Tarra Day

Makeup

Roger Deakins

Other

Roger Deakins

Director Of Photography

Will Dearborn

Assistant Camera

John Deering

Set Costumer

Michael Degtjarewsky

Digital Effects Artist

Michael Dellheim

Location Manager

Sgt. Maj. James D. Dever

Consultant

Jennifer Dickey

Medic

Emilio Diez Barroso

Executive Producer

Michael Dillon

Production Assistant

Med Diouri

Accountant

Jim Dobbs

Driver

Graham Driscoll

Swing

James Duddy

On-Set Dresser

Edward A. Duran

Stunt Performer

Polly Earnshaw

Makeup

Gary Eilar

On-Set Dresser

Said El Kounti

Property Master

Hicham Elghorfi

Assistant Director

Alghazouli Elhoussein

Rigging Grip

Michael Endler

Assistant Camera

Donna Evans Merlo

Stunt Performer

Claudio Farias

Caterer

Laura Fearon

Accountant

Erik Feig

Executive Producer

Sarah Halley Finn

Casting Director

George M Finney

Painter

Marc Fishman

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Carrie Fleming

Product Placement

Tyler Fletcher

Camera

Chris Flurry

Assistant Camera

Chris Flynn

Digital Effects Artist

Josh Foley

Driver

Patricia Foulkrod

Production Consultant

Jo Francis

Editor

Fortunato Frattasio

Digital Artist

Mark Freund

Visual Effects Supervisor

Patricia Fulghum

Craft Service

Eric Gallegos

Painter

William F Gambill

Painter

Lakshman Garin

Stunt Performer

David Garrett

Executive Producer

Scott Gershin

Sound Design

Gregg Gettas

Associate Producer

Nerses Gezalyan

Foley Mixer

Shelly Gillette

Office Production Assistant

Jenna Gingery

Craft Service

Cole Gittinger

Sound

Peter Goddard

Gaffer

Marissa M Gonzales

Accounting Assistant

Severino Gonzales

On-Set Dresser

Manny Gonzalez

Caterer

Lamarr Gray

Rigging Gaffer

Rowie Green

Set Production Assistant

George Greene

Rigging Electrician

Granville Greene

Assistant Location Manager

Tara Grey

Accounting Assistant

Isobel Griffiths

Music Contractor

Johann Grimm

Set Production Assistant

Mustapha El Guartit

Driver

Janie S Guevara

Assistant

Arda Gulesserian

Audio

Paul Haggis

Producer

Paul Haggis

Screenplay

Paul Haggis

Story By

Khalid Halet

Cashier

John A Hamby

Production Insurance

Aziz Hamichi

Art Director

Bruce Hamme

Dolly Grip

Abdelilah Hamsaoui

Office Runner

Mike J Hanrahan

On-Set Dresser

Julie Hansen

Post-Production Accountant

Clifford Happy

Stunt Performer

Andy Harris

Assistant Camera

Barbara Harris

Adr Voice Casting

Justin Hartery

Loader

Gene Hartline

Stunt Performer

Meryem Ait Hassoun

Other

Meryem Ait Hassoun

Craft Service

Michael Hatzer

Colorist

Bob Hayward

Executive Producer

Maureen Healy

Digital Effects Artist

Kenny Heath

Driver

Ray Heiser

Driver

Larry Henley

Song

Mo Henry

Negative Cutting

Michael Hertlein

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Weston Higgins

Advisor

Randi Hiller

Casting Director

Phillip Hoffman

Visual Effects Producer

Daniel Holloway

Painter

Dale Holmen

Chief Lighting Technician

Kyndall Holstead

Coordinator

Dan Holt

Special Effects Technician

James A Holt

Executive Producer

Greg Hooper

Art Director

Trevor Howe

Rigging Grip

Jason Huang

3-D Artist

Tamara Hunter

Casting Associate

Laurie Hutzler

Production Consultant

Stephen Hymas

Costumer

Daniel Indart

Song

Ashlee Irish

Assistant

Mark Isham

Music

Gary Jackson

Driver

Keith A Jackson

Set Production Assistant

Wanda Jackson

Song Performer

Wanda Jackson

Song

Aziz Jalal

Transportation Captain

Jai James

Assistant Director

Laura James

Driver

Taylor Jenkins

Casting Assistant

Lisa Jensen

Costume Designer

Omar Jiyad

Grip

Anne Johns

Production Coordinator

Film Details

Also Known As
Death and Dishonor, Garden of Elah, The, Untitled (Haggis/Mystery/Thriller Project)
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2007
Production Company
John A Hamby; Lida Davidians
Distribution Company
Warner Independent Pictures; Warner Independent Pictures (WIP)
Location
New Mexico, USA; Morocco

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

Award Nominations

Best Actor

2007
Tom Lee Jones

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall September 14, 2007

Released in United States on Video February 19, 2008

Released in United States 2007

Released in United States September 2007

Shown at Deauville Festival of American Cinema (Premiere) August 31-September 9, 2007.

Shown at Venice International Film Festival (Competition) August 29-September 8, 2007.

Shown at San Sebastian International Film Festival (Zabaltegi - Pearls) September 20-29, 2007.

Based on the magazine article "Death and Dishonor" written by Mark Boal published by Playboy magazine May 2004.

Warner Bros. optioned the film rights to the article and the life rights of Lanny Davis, the subject in the article.

Released in United States Fall September 14, 2007

Released in United States on Video February 19, 2008

Released in United States 2007 (Shown at Deauville Festival of American Cinema (Premiere) August 31-September 9, 2007.)

Released in United States 2007 (Shown at Venice International Film Festival (Competition) August 29-September 8, 2007.)

Winner of the Signis Award at the 2007 Venice International Film Festival.

Released in United States September 2007 (Shown at San Sebastian International Film Festival (Zabaltegi - Pearls) September 20-29, 2007.)