True Stories (1988– )

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Series cast summary:
Mark Payge ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Tom Perry ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Alastair Rolfe ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Darcus Howe ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Paul Gingerich ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Colt Lundy ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Melissa Barthelemy ...
 Herself (1 episode, 2012)
Joseph Brewer ...
 Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2012)
Alex Diaz ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Mari Gilbert ...
 Herself (1 episode, 2012)
Shannan Gilbert
(1 episode, 2012)
 Narrator (1 episode, 2012)
Kimberly Overstreet ...
 Herself - Amber's sister (1 episode, 2012)
Jessica Taylor ...
 Herself (1 episode, 2012)


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Two Editions Shocked Me
10 February 2003 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

TRUE STORIES is a British made documentary series dealing with current affair issues from across the world done in a slightly fly on the wall style. To be truthful I can `t remember most of the editions but I can remember two - " The betrayed " and " Soldat " - because I was shocked and sickened by what I saw

" The betrayed " follows a group of Russian women as they travel to the war torn republic of Chechnya to look for their sons who are missing either believed killed or captured . This is really heart breaking stuff because the Russian government don`t really seem to care about what`s happened to these mothers teenage conscript sons who had to go there under their own steam . It even includes a sequence with a Russian army officer showing the women a Chechin rebel newsreel of captured Russian prisoners with the officer asking if they can recognise any of their sons ! Think about that , the Soviets were the first nation in history to send a man into space but nearly 40 years later the Russian army are incapable of identifying its soldiers who have been taken prisoner . And we`re shown in graphic detail the human cost of war . Bodies of the dead lie on muddy ground under a grey sky missing limbs and faces . And the cameramen have got some guts as they take footage from the frontline during firefights which are somewhat bizarrely screened with a Europop soundtrack . People often hype SAVING PRIVATE RYAN as being the most realistic depiction of war they`ve ever seen

  • BULLS**T . If someone gets killed in SPR they can always get recast in

another role in another film . This is the most graphic depiction of war you will ever see because it happened and proves what Henry Stimson said " That the face of war is the face of death "

War is hell but " Soldat " shows that peace can be just as hellish in the modern Russian army where newly arrived conscripts suffer " The rule of the grandfathers " the " grandfathers " being older conscripts who have served some time in the army . This rule is conversely illegal and part of the culture of the Russian army , everyone knows it goes on and that over one thousand conscripts a year die in barrack room bullying which means many Russian men go into hiding rather than serve their time in the army and who can blame them as we`re shown countless scenes of the vodka swilling grandfathers beating , slapping , kicking and threatening new arrivals . The most shocking scene is when a Russian officer finds out what`s going on and tries to discipline the drunken grandfathers whose response is to laugh and make rude signs behind the officer`s back . If you`ve been a professional soldier or even if you haven`t you won`t believe what you`re seeing from the billets of an army that was legendary for its fighting spirit in the defence of Moscow , Leningrad , Stalingrad , Kursk and the battle of Berlin . I hate myself for saying this but I hope there`s more than a few Chechin bullets with the names of grandfathers on them

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