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Gunner Palace -- 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 mon

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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. | Add synopsis »
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Could Have Been So Much More........ See more (32 total) »

Cast

 
Bryant Davis ... Himself
Devon Dixon ... Himself
Javorn Drummond ... Himself
Elliot Lovett ... Himself
Nick Moncrief ... Himself
Jon Powers ... Himself
Richmond Shaw ... Himself
Terry Taylor ... Himself
Stuart Wilf ... Himself

Directed by
Petra Epperlein 
Michael Tucker 
 
Produced by
Petra Epperlein .... producer
 
Original Music by
Robert Cimino 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Tucker 
 
Film Editing by
Petra Epperlein 
Michael Tucker 
 
Art Direction by
James David Goldmark 
 
Sound Department
Chris Müller .... sound mixer
Michael Tucker .... sound
 
Music Department
Robert Cimino .... musician: freestyle beats
Heinrich Kreyenberg .... musician: piano
Stuart Wilf .... musician: guitar
 
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Winston Emano .... publicist
David Magdael .... publicist
Dana O'Keefe .... sales agent
Steven Wallace .... publicist: David Magdael & Associates
 

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Rated PG-13 on appeal for strong language throughout, violent situations and some drug references (re-rating on appeal)
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85 min
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Canada:14A | Singapore:M18 | USA:R (original rating) | USA:PG-13 (re-rating on appeal)
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During a raid on a house, several Iraqi men, brothers, are captured. One of them protests, saying (in English) that he is a journalist. Some of the soldiers tell him to shut up, and he is taken away. As it turns out, this man was indeed a journalist, Yunis Khatayer Abbas. He spent time in jail, some at Abu Ghraib, suspected of plotting to assassinate British PM Tony Blair. After nine months of imprisonment, he was released, and the US has not charged him with any crime. By coincidence, Michael Tucker, the director of "Gunner Palace," heard about Mr. Abbas' story, and worked together to make his latest movie, "The Prisoner, or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair."See more »
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Soldier:I don't think ... anywhere in history has someone killed someone else and something better has come out of it. It's just ... not possible.See more »
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22 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Could Have Been So Much More........, 11 March 2005
Author: kasserine from United States

This documentary centers around an army unit that has made its base at one of Uday Hussein's "Pleasure" Palaces. Gunner Palace, essentially, traces the lives of the members of the unit from the point of view of Michael Tucker, a reporter embedded with the unit.

What works so well in this film is the simple fact that the viewer is getting to see the actual day to day activities of soldiers stationed in Iraq. It is fascinating and interesting, in this respect. What we are seeing is going on RIGHT NOW. It is unlikely the immediacy of Gunner Palace, and its impact, will be lost on anyone.

Unfortunately, aside from the main strength of the film, the video footage shot by Mr. Tucker, there seems to have been little thought in how to present the information. It is simply not edited well. It proceeds in a somewhat chronological order, but is hampered by an almost comical voice over, I assume done by Tucker, himself. It sounds odd and overly dramatic, even for some as dramatic as war. The narration just doesn't work.

The experiences of the soldiers themselves, are at times, very intriguing and include some amusing and often endearing raps performed by the soldiers about living in Iraq. It's clear that singing about the war, either with an electric guitar or a rap beat drummed out on a jeep is helping them get through the every day stresses they face. Presented more clearly and effectively, these raps could have given a nice structure to the film but seem more random and inserted without thought. And this is a shame, because there seems to have been a great deal of material the director could have drawn from. He was stationed there with them, for God's sake.

Also, somewhat inexplicably, the director/narrator, towards the end of the film, recounts his own experiences leaving Iraq and adjusting to home life again. Why I say this is inexplicable is because one would assume it would be the final moment of the documentary with maybe an epilogue, but rather the film shifts back to Iraq and continues on. It only adds confusion and disrupts the viewers ability to track the events and people appearing in Gunner Palace.

If only to see the faces of the soldiers and citizens in Iraq, as they are actually living, this film is worth seeing. It is a shame, however, that the footage Tucker shot didn't find it's way into more capable hands. Gunner Palace could have been even more compelling and affecting.

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