Óscar Torres, the man on whom the story is based, was on set for most of the shoot. He was often seen crying between takes off set, saying the shots brought back painful memories. See more »
The American staff sergeant's rank switches from the correct position (chevrons up) to an incorrect position (chevrons down), back to the correct one when the cameras change in one of the scenes. See more »
This movie was incredible in many ways, not the least of which was how it depicted life in a war in such a matter-of-fact manner. People leaving the theater where I saw it were in tears, many of them. The fact that the story is not fiction, and the fact that many just like it happen all over the world even today, made it so much more powerful. The best and the worst of the human being were depicted and it made me wonder how is it that one often brings out the other in us. I found myself sitting with clinched fists, full of rage and anger, anger at what I was seeing, anger at my own impotence as a spectator not being able to interfere... I wish viewing movies like this was mandatory for Congress before they ever authorize another war. This movie certainly stirred up a lot of emotion, but most of all it made me feel grateful for the childhood that I had.
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