Though it debuted at a film festival and will be following a very slow,
small-scale release pattern, The Hurt Locker is as thrilling and entertaining
as any giant blockbuster this summer. Kathryn Bigelow's war movie follows
three bomb experts in Iraq as they count down the days until the end of
their tour of duty. Jeremy Renner, as the biggest hothead but also the
most talented in the bunch, is phenomenal in his role, and he and Anthony
Mackie play marvelously off each other as initial rivals who eventually
learn they have no choice but to work together.
Hopefully you've already seen the film's trailer, but if you want more
of an idea of what the movie's all about, check out two newly released
clips from the film below, sent to us by Summit. We've also got some new
images added to our complete photo gallery, including the first image
of Ralph Fiennes as a British soldier gone undercover. Click on either
of the images below to see the full collection. The Hurt Locker comes
out in New York and L.A. on June 26 (yes, opposite Transformers 2), and
will be rolling out nationwide from there.
Rider on the Storm: An In Person Tribute to Director Kathryn Bigelow
Native Californian director Kathryn Bigelow began her artistic endeavors
at the San Francisco Art Institute and the Whitney Museum Independent
Study program, She later transferred into graduate work in filmmaking
at Columbia University’s School of the Arts.
Her debut feature, THE LOVELESS, a quirky indie biker film set in the
1950s starring Willem Dafoe, was co-directed with Monty Montgomery in
1982. NEAR DARK (1987) was Kathryn’s first feature outing on her own.
An indie box office success, it still remains one of the most beloved
classic cult horror films from the 1980s -- romantic, twisted, iconoclastic.
With her following pictures – such unusual character-driven, adrenaline-charged
fare as BLUE STEEL, POINT BREAK, STRANGE DAYS and K-19: THE WIDOWMAKER
-- it has became unmistakably clear that Kathryn Bigelow is not your stereotypical
female movie director.
She has excelled at the hardboiled action movie genre and has fearlessly
done it without sacrificing her uncompromising ideas about the impulses
that spark her characters to acts of violence and heroism. Her new edge-of-your-seat
suspense film THE HURT LOCKER, about a bomb disposal team in the midst
of the Iraq War, is no exception and has already garnered ferocious word-of-mouth
acclaim. Please join us in welcoming director Kathryn Bigelow In-Person
for the entire weekend, wrapping up with a Sneak Preview of her newest,
THE HURT LOCKER.
Friday, June 5 – 7:30 PM
Director Kathryn Bigelow In-Person! Sneak Preview!
THE HURT LOCKER, 2009, Summit Entertainment, 131 min. Acclaimed director
Kathryn Bigelow brings together realistic action and intimate human drama
in a landmark film starring Jeremy Renner (THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE
JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD), Anthony Mackie (WE ARE MARSHALL), Brian
Geraghty (JARHEAD), and co-starring Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, Evangeline
Lilly ("Lost") and Guy Pearce. In the summer of 2004, Sergeant
Sanborn (Mackie) and Specialist Eldridge (Geraghty) are part of a small
counterforce trained to handle homemade bombs, or Improvised Explosive
Devices (IEDs). The job, a high-pressure, high-stakes assignment that
soldiers volunteer for, requires a calm intelligence that leaves no room
When Staff Sergeant James (Renner) cheerfully takes over the team, Sanborn
and Eldridge are shocked by what seems like his reckless disregard for
military protocol and basic safety measures. Is James really a swaggering
cowboy who lives for peak experiences and the moments when the margin
of error is zero – or is he a consummate professional who has honed his
craft to high-wire precision? The men have only 38 days left in their
tour, but with each new mission comes another deadly encounter. As James
blurs the line between bravery and bravado, it seems only a matter of
time before disaster strikes.
A gripping portrayal of real-life sacrifice and heroism, and a probing
study of the soul-numbing rigors and potent allure of the modern battlefield.
Based on the first-hand observations of journalist and screenwriter Mark
Boal, who was embedded with a special bomb unit in Iraq -- a squad whose
members spoke of explosions as putting you in "the hurt locker."
Discussion following with director Kathryn Bigelow and Stars Jeremy Renner,
Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty and screenwriter Mark Boal.
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty
Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow
Release date: June 26
Director Bigelow (Point Break) wants to make one thing clear: ''There
have been no Iraq-war movies.'' She means that before this portrait of
an elite military bomb-defusing unit stationed in Baghdad, there hasn't
been a mainstream drama set in combat in the current war. To keep things
as real as possible, Bigelow plopped her actors in Jordan, in 120-degree
heat, at times near the Iraqi border. ''Every day we were just trying
not to pass out,'' says Renner (28 Weeks Later), who spent much of his
time attempting to act heroically from inside an enormous, bulky bomb-defusing
suit. ''I was trying to MapQuest my self-respect and dignity constantly.''
March 4, 2009(from Variety)
'Brothers Bloom' to open Dallas fest
'Hurt Locker' will also screen at AFI event
By DAVE MCNARY
'The Hurt Locker' will be shown at the AFI Dallas International Film Festival.
The AFI Dallas Film Festival has set Rian Johnson's "The Brothers
Bloom," starring Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel Weisz and Rinko
Kikuchi, as its opening-night feature on March 26.
Fest's centerpiece presentations are "The Hurt Locker," directed
by Kathryn Bigelow and starring Ralph Fiennes, Evangeline Lilly, David
Morse and Guy Pearce, and "The Burning Plain," directed by Guillermo
Arriaga and starring Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger.
The eight-day festival is in its third year.
Event's Dallas Star Award will go to Bigelow, Brody and Robert Towne.
Rita Hayworth will be honored posthumously. Hayworth's award will be presented
to her daughter, Princess Yasmine Aga Khan, prior to a screening of "Gilda,"
while Towne will be feted at a presentation for the 35th anniversary of
The festival's also celebrating director Henry Selick with the Texas
Avery Animation Award, which honors lifetime achievement in animation.
February 27, 2009 (from Rope of Silicon & Summit Entertainment)
Summit Updates: Release Date for ‘The Hurt Locker’, Synopsis for ‘Eclipse’
and Clip from ‘Knowing’
Looking forward to June
BY: Brad Brevet
Summit Entertainment sent over an update today which included word Kathryn
Bigelow’s festival favorite The Hurt Locker will hit theaters on June
26. I have been anxiously waiting for this movie since hearing some wild
descriptions as to the harsh nature of it all so it is nice to finally
get a firm release date for it.
The synopsis reads as follows:
Inspired by true events and recently declassified information, The Hurt
Locker follows an elite Army Explosive Ordinance Disposal team in present-day
Baghdad that fights an onslaught of bombs and snipers. Renner will play
the leader of the team, while Mackie and Geraghty are members of it. Fiennes
is a mercenary; Pearce is another member.
September 10, 2008 (from Variety)
Sluggish Toronto sees surprise buys
Summit picks up 'Locker'
By PAMELA MCCLINTOCK, ANNE THOMPSON
There were signs of life in Toronto's sluggish acquisitions market on
Wednesday as IFC made a surprise acquisition of all U.S. distribution
rights to Steven Soderbergh's "Che," while Summit snapped up
domestic theatrical rights to Kathryn Bigelow's war action-thriller "The
"Hurt Locker," which won't be released until next year and
could be a summer title, distinguishes itself from the recent crop of
failed Iraqi war pics in that it doesn't have political overtones but
is a traditional war film.
September 10, 2008 (from The Hollywood Reporter)
Summit to unlock 'Hurt Locker' in U.S.
Kathryn Bigelow Iraq War actioner marks big Toronto deal
By Gregg Goldstein and Steven Zeitchik
Summit Entertainment has picked up U.S. rights to Kathryn Bigelow's
suspense-filled Iraq War-based actioner "The Hurt Locker," during a
Toronto International Film Festival that has been hurting for big sales.
The deal for the CAA-repped movie closed in the early hours of Wednesday
morning. Sources involved with the deal place the price between just
over $1 million to just under $2 million, with significant backend for
the filmmakers and a wide release.
Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce and Ralph
Fiennes star in Bigelow's tale of an Army squad that must defuse a
dangerous bomb in a crowded Iraqi city.
Buyers have been following the title since it premiered in competition
Sept. 4 at the Venice Film Festival.
Summit and several other distributors have been in talks with the
filmmakers since its Monday night Toronto bow. All hoped the film's
action elements would allow it to escape the curse other Iraq War films
have faced at the boxoffice.
Buyer interest in "Locker" spoke to a hunger for quality films in a
marketplace, and may be the start of a late-fest flurry in sales as
distributors patiently wait for prices to fall.
"This movie is not about the Iraq War. It's an action-adventure movie
that happens to be set in Iraq," said Voltage Pictures producer Nic
Chartier, who has sold several international territories on the film.
September 4, 2008 (from Variety)
'Hurt Locker' gives Venice a jolt
Bigelow film follows elite bomb squad in Iraq
By Nick Vivarelli
The Iraq war dominated the day at the Venice Film Festival, where the
world preem of Kathryn Bigelow's high-adrenaline bomb-squad actioner "The
Hurt Locker" gave the Lido a jolt and emerged as the Iraq pic that may
break through to American auds.
"We represent something that's very different from any other Iraq war
film that we've seen so far," producer Greg Shapiro told Daily Variety
Shapiro has high hopes of closing a U.S. distribution deal at the
Toronto Film Festival for the war drama, which received a 10-minute
standing ovation after its Lido screening.
The story follows an elite Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team
operating in and around Baghdad.
Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty star as the death-defying
defusers, with Ralph Fiennes putting in a cameo as a mercenary. Guy
Pearce also has a small role.
The indie pic, which was shot in Jordan and was produced by Shapiro and
Nicolas Chartier's Voltage Pictures, goes out in Italy via Warner Bros.
on Oct. 10.
At the packed news conference, Bigelow, who is the only woman helmer in
the Lido's 21-title competition, called "Hurt Locker" "a very topical
film about an underreported war."
But politics are really peripheral.
"My interest was to give this conflict a human face and to enable the
audience to actually experience what a soldier experiences, based on
personal observation from the battlefield," she said.
Journo Mark Boal, who was embedded with an EOD team in Iraq in 2004 and
penned the screenplay based on that experience, called "Hurt Locker" "primarily
observational, as opposed to polemical."
"It's almost a dirty little secret of war that, as horrible as it is,
there are some men who, through the intensity of the experience, come to
find it alluring," Boal said.
Shapiro acknowledged that the market for Iraq war films is very tough.
Paul Haggis' "In the Valley of Elah" and Brian De Palma's "Redacted,"
which both preemed in Venice last year, sparked little interest with
auds. Boal also wrote the material on which "In the Valley of Elah" was
"Hopefully this film presents the war in a new and a fresh way that
people haven't seen, so we're hoping that perhaps that will break the
trend in America," Shapiro said.
Slotted just as Toronto opens, "Hurt Locker" provided further proof that
Venice topper Marco Mueller has backloaded the fest, which lacked
firepower during the first week.
The Venice fest ends Saturday.
July 2, 2008 (from Variety)
Toronto believes in Lee's 'Miracle'
By Jennie Punter
Spike Lee’s WWII pic “Miracle at St. Anna” will world preem at the
Toronto Film Festival.
Based on the debut novel by James McBride, who also penned the
screenplay, pic stars Derek Luke, Michael Ealy, Laz Alonso and Omar
Benson Miller as members of the all-black 92nd “Buffalo Soldier”
division stationed in Tuscany, Italy.
Fest, which runs Sept. 4-13, will also world preem Steve Jacobs’ “Disgrace,”
starring John Malkovich as a South African professor whose relationship
with his daughter is tested after an attack; Vincente Amorim’s “Good,”
with Viggo Mortensen as a literature professor whose novel is used for
government propaganda; and Peter Sollett’s “Nick & Norah’s Infinite
Playlist,” starring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings as indie music lovers
on a latenight adventure.
The festival announced the North American preems of Paolo Sorrentino’s
Cannes jury prize winner “Il Divo,” a biopic starring Toni Servillo as
powerful Italian politician Giulio Andreotti; and Kathryn Bigelow’s Iraq
cat-and-mouse thriller “The Hurt Locker,” starring Ralph Fiennes, Guy
Pearce and David Morse.
All six titles will screen in the Toronto fest’s Special Presentations
July 28, 2007 (from The Daily Star)
Hollywood movie about Iraq war to begin filming
Filming is set to begin next week on "The Hurt Locker," a Hollywood
drama about the travails of a US Army unit beset by bombers and snipers
in Iraq, entertainment media reported Tuesday. The movie, starring
Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty and directed by Kathryn
Bigelow, follows an elite army explosive-ordnance-disposal team in
present-day Baghdad. Actors Ralph Fiennes and Guy Pierce are also
reportedly signed on to star in the film. Bigelow is perhaps best known
for her critically acclaimed 1995 science fiction film "Strange Days,"
which starred Fiennes and Angela Bassett.
Filming will take place in Jordan and Kuwait for "The Hurt Locker,"
which is inspired by actual events as well as recently declassified
information, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"It's the first movie about the Iraq war that purports to show the
experience of the soldiers," said screenwriter Mark Boal.
"We wanted to show the kinds of things that soldiers go through that you
can't see on CNN, and I don't mean that in a censorship-conspiracy way.
I just mean the news doesn't actually put photographers in with units
that are this elite ... Most war movies don't come out until the war was
over," he added.
"It's really exciting for me, coming out of the world of journalism, to
have a movie come out about a conflict while the conflict is still going
July 17, 2007 (from ComingSoon.net)
Renner, Mackie & Geraghty Join Hurt Locker
Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty are toplining The
Hurt Locker, an Iraq War drama from director Kathryn Bigelow. Ralph
Fiennes and Guy Pearce also have cameos in the film, says The Hollywood
Written by Mark Boal and inspired by true events and recently
declassified information, "Locker" follows an elite Army Explosive
Ordinance Disposal team in present-day Baghdad that fights an onslaught
of bombs and snipers.
Renner will play the leader of the team, while Mackie and Geraghty are
members of it. Fiennes is a mercenary; Pearce is another member.
Bigelow, Boal, Nicolas Chartier and Greg Shapiro are producing. The film
is a Voltage Pictures/First Light/Kingsgate Films production.
Filming is scheduled to begin next week in Jordan and Kuwait.
March 13, 2007 (from Production Weekly)
Perfect combination for ‘Locker’
Charlize Theron, Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes and Willem Dafoe are
attached to topline the Iraq-set action drama “The Hurt Locker”. Kathryn
Bigelow is directing from a screenplay she co-wrote with war reporter
Mark Boal, who recently co-wrote the story for Paul Haggis’ “In The
Valley Of Elah,” starring Theron. “Hurt Locker,” follows the exploits of
an elite bomb disposal unit. 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. Principal photography is scheduled for later this spring.
Farrell and Fiennes are co-staring in Martin McDonagh’s “In Bruges,”
currently filming in Belgium.
Iraq-set action drama The Hurt Locker follows the exploits
of an elite bomb disposal unit. 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
Cast & Crew
Sergeant Matt Thompson: Guy Pearce
Colonel Reed: David Morse
Specialist Owen Eldridge: Brian Geraghty
Staff Sergeant William James: Jeremy Renner
Sergeant Jt Sanborn: Anthony Mackie
Contractor Team Leader: Ralph Fiennes
Connie James: Evangeline Lilly
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
Writing Credits: Kathryn Bigelow (story), Mark Boal
Produced by Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas
Chartier, Tony Mark, Donall McCusker, Greg Shapiro