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Thornwell (1981)

TV Movie  |  Unrated  |   |  Drama  |  28 January 1981 (USA)
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James Thornwell was serving the Army and in Europe when some documents went missing. That was when he was interrogated and given drugs. 16 years later Thornwell through the Freedom of ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Thornwell
Michael Alldredge ...
Nicholas Kepros ...
The Man
Julius Harris ...
Lt. Roberts
Edward Bell ...
Harvey Kletz / Narrator
Katherine (as Deborah Morgan-Weldon)
Shirley Jo Finney ...
Lt. Stone
Al Fann ...
Cosie Costa ...
CIC agent (as William H. Bassett)


James Thornwell was serving the Army and in Europe when some documents went missing. That was when he was interrogated and given drugs. 16 years later Thornwell through the Freedom of Information Act obtain documentation of what was done to him and sued the Army. Written by

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Conspiracy Exposed  »

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Real-life story of the US Army torture of their own troops
6 April 2003 | by (California) – See all my reviews

The Freedom of Information Act of the 70's and lawsuits have begun to reveal the shocking use of illegal drugs (LSD) combined with psychological and physical torture conducted by the United States Army against its very own troops on active duty overseas. This was part of Operation Third Chance.

The movie features one of those victims, James Thornwell, US Army. This included the Army's administering LSD to Thornwell without his approval (nor even his knowledge at the time), as part of their macabre and abusive experimentations.

The riveting movie features Thornwell's torture and subsequent 16 year journey unraveling the nearly unbelievable torture by the people he served - our government's military.

There are no multi-million dollar special effects here, just an unforgettable, true story. We may never know the extent of how many other Army staff (there were at least nine verified so far) subjected to this shameful chapter in US Military history, but this movie is a beginning. Hopefully it will be brought to videotape, for wider distribution.

Gary Weibert

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