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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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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
Michael Tucker .... 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
Other crew
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)
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 »
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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26 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Ultimately one-sided, 21 May 2005
Author: Paul from Lincoln, NE

This documentary is well worth seeing for one reason -- more than anything I've seen about the Iraq war, it gives the American soldier's point of view on fighting in Iraq. The news-bites and short glimpses of the war given the American public on television are filtered down so much by the time they get to your screen that you feel like you've seen nothing and gained no insight about what is really going on there. If you have a family member or friend fighting over there, you MUST see this film to better appreciate their perspective.

What this film does not do, however, is provide any sort of an Iraqi perspective on the fighting. Granted, there are interviews with Iraqi informants employed by the American military and and several shots of suspected insurgents being detained, but there is no attempt to show the average Iraqi's point of view about the conflict. In other words, this documentary is a very subjective and one-sided perspective, but it is still very worthwhile.

I went to see it with a friend whose brother is currently fighting over there, and she said it was remarkable how well it captured the soldiers' off-time activities and philosophies about the fighting. Her brother and his buddies had made some video footage of their own and it was very similar in that regard. What the documentary doesn't show, and what her brother's video did show, was the dismembered bodies, the hellish and disorienting firefights, and the horrified, screaming civilians. One should not go into a screening of this film believing that they will experience the war or see what it's really like. One has to be there to understand.

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