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In the Valley of Elah


Sep 20, 2007

Latest Home Video

Feb 19, 2008

MPAA Rating



Tommy Lee Jones
Charlize Theron
Susan Sarandon.


Warner Independent Pictures

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When Mike Deerfield (Jonathan Tucker) mysteriously goes missing after returning from a tour of duty in Iraq, his career officer father Hank (Tommy Lee Jones) and devoted mother (Susan Sarandon), become convinced something is seriously wrong. In order to find their son and uncover the truth, the worried parents enlist the help of local police detective Emily Sanders (Charlize Theron).

Content Details

Why Is In the Valley of Elah Rated R?

In the Valley of Elah is rated R for violent and disturbing content, language and some sexuality/nudity.

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This movie takes a serious and discomforting look at what can happen to a young person who is asked to serve his country on the front lines. While there isn’t a lot of on-screen violence, detailed discussions of children being killed, people being tortured, and a brutal murder are heard frequently. We do see burnt and dismembered body parts on a couple of occasions, and a body with lacerations around the neck. Other pictures show some combat situations, including the body of a child lying on the side of a road. Scenes within a strip bar show topless women who are participating in sexual situations with male military patrons. Later, one topless woman has an extended non-sexual conversation with a man. Language includes frequent sexual expletives along with other mild and moderate profanities. Heavy social drinking is depicted. The use of illegal drugs by military personnel is discussed and it’s implied that drugs are a common problem in the military.

Home Video Viewing Alternatives

Here are some ideas for home video titles that are related to In the Valley of Elah.

Some classic war movies you could share with older teens are: The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Great Escape and Tora! Tora! Tora!

Canadian Movie Ratings

Not Rated Coarse Language and Nudity.
AB Not Rated Coarse Language, Violence, Mature Theme.
MB Not Rated Not Recommended For Children, Coarse Language.
ON Not Rated Coarse Language, Mature Theme, Nudity.
QC Not Rated
Not Rated

Canadian Home Video Rating: 14A

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Details on home video releases of In the Valley of Elah...

In the Valley of Elah releases in DVD and Blu-ray formats on February 19, 2008. A HD-DVD version will appear on shelves March 11, 2008.

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