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Gunner Palace (2004)

PG-13 | | Documentary, War | 5 September 2004 (USA)
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American soldiers of the 2/3 Field Artillery, a group known as the "Gunners," tell of their experiences in Baghdad during the Iraq War. Holed up in a bombed out pleasure palace built by Sadaam Hussein, the soldiers endured hostile situations some four months after President George W. Bush declared the end of major combat operations in the country.
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American soldiers of the 2/3 Field Artillery, a group known as the "Gunners," tell of their experiences in Baghdad during the Iraq War. Holed up in a bombed out pleasure palace built by Sadaam Hussein, the soldiers endured hostile situations some four months after President George W. Bush declared the end of major combat operations in the country.

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400 American soldiers carry out their mission from a bombed-out pleasure palace once owned by Saddam Hussein. This is their story. See more »

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Rated PG-13 on appeal for strong language throughout, violent situations and some drug references | See all certifications »

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$63,520, 6 March 2005, Limited Release

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$607,502, 19 June 2005
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Under normal circumstances more than one use of the word "fuck" would get a film an R-rating. In this instance, the MPAA reasoned that a person old enough to be recruited by the army should be allowed to view a documentary on actual army life. However the rating also carried the notice that it was awarded on appeal to provide a better cautionary warning to parents concerned about what their children are viewing. See more »

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PFC Michael Commisso: IEDs are the scariest. I mean, by far, have got to be the scariest. You know, gunfire and crap like that, that shit don't bother me or anyone else. Whatever. IEDs, find that shit in the garbage, man, this whole country's garbage. Everything is just trash, and it could be anywhere, you know. You see us when we're going around the corner, and there's a box on the side of the road, and it's just cringe, and take the turn, and hopefully you don't hear a bang.
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Informal, behind the scenes look at the modern American soldier
18 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

The first thing that struck me was that most of the American soldiers portrayed in this documentary apparently were small town guys, with little education and not as articulate as one would hope. They joined the military not out of patriotism, but for imagined adventure. It was the army or community college. I can sympathize with them and at the same time I can understand why the Iraqi people don't like them. They are crass, bullying and overbearing.But they also are willing to take tremendous risks and are sincere in their efforts to bring stability to a country thousands of miles from their own.

The entire Iraqi war seems to be a tragic, confusing mess and where it goes from here, no one really knows. The American soldiers, many just kids fresh out of high school, really want to put in their time and go home. But we know, even if they survive, they will never be the same again.


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