Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

November 8th, 2016


Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

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Release Year: 2016

Rating: 6.4/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Ang Lee

Stars: Joe Alwyn, Kristen Stewart, Vin Diesel

Two-time Academy Award® winner Ang Lee brings his extraordinary vision to Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, based on the widely-acclaimed, bestselling novel. The film is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (newcomer Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, the film reveals what really happened to the squad - contrasting the realities of the war with America's perceptions. The film also stars Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, with Vin Diesel, and Steve Martin. Lee used new technology, shooting at an ultra-high frame rate for the first time in film history, to create an immersive digital experience helping him dramatize war in a way never seen before. Lee directed and produced the film, from a screenplay by Jean-Christophe ...

Writers: Jean-Christophe Castelli, Ben Fountain, Joe Alwyn, Kristen Stewart, Vin Diesel, Kristen Stewart, Vin Diesel, Garrett Hedlund, Steve Martin, Makenzie Leigh, Cooper Andrews, Joe Alwyn, Chris Tucker, Kellie Pickler, Deirdre Lovejoy, Beau Knapp, Deena Dill, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Tim Blake Nelson, J.J. Watt, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Kristen Stewart - Kathryn Lynn
Vin Diesel - Shroom
Garrett Hedlund - Dime
Steve Martin - Norm Oglesby
Makenzie Leigh - Faison
Cooper Andrews - Grateful American
Joe Alwyn - Billy Lynn
Chris Tucker - Albert
Kellie Pickler - National Anthem Singer
Deirdre Lovejoy - Denise Lynn
Beau Knapp - Crack
Deena Dill - Co-Anchor
Ismael Cruz Cordova - Holiday
Tim Blake Nelson - Wayne Foster
J.J. Watt - Football Player #2


Official Website: Official Facebook

Country: UK, China, USA

Language: English

Release Date: 3 Jan 2016

Filming Locations: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $48,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?

Steve Martin's first non-animated feature film role in five years since The Big Year (2011). See more »

US Army squads are not designated with letters, they are numbered based on their respective platoon and company's table of organization (so many squads to a platoon, so many platoons to a company, companies to a battalion, battalions to a brigade, brigades to a division). Platoons are numbered in the same manner, respective to their company. A company may be designated with a letter (in the cases of companies that do not deploy except as part of their parent battalion) or with a number (in the cases of "modular" companies that may deploy separately from their parent battalion and placed under the control of a "modular" battalion headquarters when they arrive in theater). Billy's squad would be correctly designated as the 2nd Squad, (numbered) Platoon, (lettered) Company, (numbered) Battalion, (numbered) Brigade of the (numbered) Division. Since this designation is fairly complicated for non-military personnel, Billy and his squad mates would most likely be recognized as Soldiers from the same Division (since they would all wear that Division's patch), without mention of their specific unit within the Division.

The reasoning for Billy's squad being called "Bravo Squad" is explained in the book as being a result of incorrect reporting when the video footage of their battle was aired on the news. See more »


User Review


Rating: 8/10

I just watched this film as part of the New York Film Festival early screening and it's a film that will be stuck in my mind for awhile, it's a deeply emotional and moving film with great acting (particularly newcomer, Joe Alwyn), cinematography and an original score. The ending was strong and had me choked up, the movie is based on a satirical novel so there is definitely some humor in it so it's not a totally depressing film but definitely a thought-provoking one, this was the film I was anticipating the most out of the 2016 releases then upon reading some underwhelming reviews from the opening night my expectations went down a little but I think it will be go down as one of the best films of the year, it's images and its anti-war message in my opinion were powerful and the film should inspire a lot conversation about what it means to "support the troops" and how we can help those returning who are suffering from PTSD, overall I give it 8 out of 10 stars, I hope people go out and see this in the theater and talk about it afterwards.


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