Shock and Awe (film)

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Shock and Awe
Directed by Rob Reiner
Produced by
Written by Joey Hartstone
Cinematography Barry Markowitz
Edited by Bob Joyce
Distributed by Vertical Entertainment
Release date
  • September 30, 2017 (2017-09-30) (Zurich)
Country United States
Language English

Shock and Awe is a 2017 American drama film directed by Rob Reiner and written by Joey Hartstone. The film stars Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, James Marsden, Milla Jovovich, and Jessica Biel. The film premiered at the 2017 Zurich Film Festival.[1]


The film is about journalists investigating the assertions by the Bush Administration concerning Saddam Hussein’s alleged possession of weapons of mass destruction as an excuse for the 2003 invasion of Iraq.[2]



On July 12, 2016, Woody Harrelson was added to the cast of Iraq war film Shock and Awe.[3] On July 13, 2016, James Marsden also joined the film.[4]


Principal photography on the film began in Louisiana on October 5, 2016.[5] In October 2016, Alec Baldwin left the production reportedly due to financial timing.[6] In November 2016, filming also took place in Washington, D.C.[7]


The film had its world premiere at the Zurich Film Festival on September 30, 2017.[8] Shortly after, Vertical Entertainment and DirecTV Cinema acquired distribution rights to the film.[9]


  1. ^ "Shock and Awe - Zurich Film Festival", Zurich Film Festival, retrieved December 9, 2017 
  2. ^ McNary, Dave (2016-07-12). "Woody Harrelson in Talks for Iraq War Drama 'Shock and Awe'". Variety. Retrieved 2017-01-11. 
  3. ^ Jaafar, Ali (July 12, 2016). "Woody Harrelson To Reteam With Rob Reiner For Iraq War Pic 'Shock And Awe'". Deadline. Retrieved July 12, 2016. 
  4. ^ Jaafar, Ali (July 13, 2016). "James Marsden Joining Woody Harrelson In Rob Reiner's 'Shock And Awe'". Deadline. Retrieved July 13, 2016. 
  5. ^ King, Kevin P. (2016-10-01). "Central Casting Louisiana *SHOCK & AWE - filming in Hammond, LA - Wed October 5th*". The Southern Casting Call. Retrieved 2017-01-11. 
  6. ^ Gerard, Jeremy; Busch, Anita (2016-10-18). "Alec Baldwin Exits Rob Reiner's 'Shock And Awe'". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-01-11. 
  7. ^ Heil, Emily (November 14, 2016). "Star-studded Rob Reiner movie 'Shock and Awe' filming in D.C." The Washington Post. Retrieved August 27, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Shock and Awe". Zurich Film Festival. Retrieved February 22, 2018. 
  9. ^ Hipes, Patrick (February 22, 2018). "Rob Reiner's 'Shock And Awe' To Hit Theaters This Summer With Vertical & DirecTV Deal". Retrieved February 22, 2018. 

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