A Private War is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by Matthew Heineman.

Official trailers

Altitude Films on Tuesday, January 08, 2019 released the trailer:

Story intro

Marie Colvin is an American journalist for The Sunday Times, visiting the most dangerous countries and documenting their civil wars. In 2001, while trekking with the Tamil Tigers, Colvin and her crew are ambushed by the Sri Lankan Army. Despite her attempt to surrender, an RPG fires in her direction, wounding her to the point that she loses her left eye. Afterwards, Colvin is forced to wear an eyepatch. Diagnosed with PTSD, Colvin is still determined to look for new stories, and argues with her boss, Sean Ryan, about conflicts she wants to cover, including Iraq, where she meets war photographer Paul Conroy, and Libya. She lives in London when not traveling the world, and begins a relationship with Tony Shaw. In February 2012, Conroy and Colvin decide to cover the conflict in the city of Homs, where they find 28,000 Syrian men, women, and children caught in the crossfire. After Conroy and Colvin send their story to Ryan, Colvin decides to appear on CNN to bring awareness to civilian casualities. As Marie, Paul, and another reporter, Rémi Ochlik, flee the building they had used as a media centre, the street is peppered with explosions. Paul, injured and shellshocked, wakes to find Colvin and Ochlik killed from the explosions and subsequent pile up of rubble. The movie ends with imagery of the devastated city of Homs, followed by an interview of the real Marie Colvin, with the quote: "You're never going to get to where you're going if you acknowledge fear." The movie postscript reads: "Marie Colvin and journalist Remi Ochlik were killed in Homs, Syria, on February 22nd, 2012. Paul Conroy, despite being gravely injured, survives and continues to work as a photographer. Over 500,000 Syrian civilians have been killed since Colvin's death."


Rosamund Pike
Marie Colvin
Jamie Dornan
Paul Conroy
Tom Hollander
Sean Ryan, The Sunday Times' foreign editor and Marie's boss
Nikki Amuka-Bird
Rita Williams, Marie's friend
Faye Marsay
Kate Richardson
Greg Wise
Professor David Irens
Corey Johnson
Norm Coburn, another photographer
Stanley Tucci
Tony Shaw


The film A Private War was scheduled to be released on September 7, 2018 (TIFF), on November 2, 2018 (United States), on November 16, 2018 (United States) and on February 15, 2019 (United Kingdom) by Aviron Pictures, Ascot Elite Entertainment Group, NOS Audiovisuais, Odeon, Reality Entertainment, Altitude Film Distribution, Golden Village Pictures, Pony Canyon, Splendid Film, United Entertainment Partners, JL Vision Film, Joy n Cinema and Madman Entertainment.

The duration of the film is 110 minutes. The film grossed over $3.8 million.

The film had received a "R" rating.


A Private War got high rating from critics. The audience also likes the film.

External links

Official website: aprivatewarfilm.com

Wikipedia: A Private War

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