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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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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
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
 
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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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SPC Tom Susdorf:This morning, um, the Shiites were having their holy day, doing their usual walks around Baghdad, and their pilgrimmage to some of the holy shrines in the area and they went over to Kadhimiya, and, uh, a couple explosions went off. The doctors at the hospital say at least seventy-five people were killed...See more »
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46 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
Fair and balanced -- REALLY, 26 January 2005
Author: beenit from Seattle, WA

The first thing I will say about this documentary is that regardless of your thoughts on the current war in Iraq (or the current influx of anti-war film propaganda), this is a movie you should see. The material is presented in a non-partisan manner, allowing for the audience to draw its own conclusions.

The film follows soldiers who call Gunner Palace home. Gunner Palace is one of Saddam's son's abandoned, bombed out, former residences. These soldiers are shown doing their duty on a daily basis, whether that means checking a carelessly tossed garbage bag to see if it's a possible explosive, or doing routine intelligence follow-up by raiding suspected bomb-makers' houses.

Some of the scenes are hard to watch, though the viewer is spared from any gratuitous violence or gore. There are scenes of soldiers spending time with local orphans and introducing them to the finer points of American pop culture, shots of suspected terrorists being brought in for interrogation and footage of local Iraqis being trained by (American) soldiers to defend their own homeland.

Most scenes are impactful simply for their ordinariness—the boredom and repetition that come from keeping the peace and trying to rebuild a nation who, for the most part, doesn't want your help. While the work can be intense, it is also slow and steady, done by many who are just out of high school and outside of their hometown for the first time in their lives.

One soldier makes the remark that though he had idealized army life more as defending his own country on its own land, he is still proud to be a solider, doing the necessary work.

What you don't see on the television news is the soldier's perspective. We all talk about educating ourselves on what is happening in Iraq to our men and women in service; well, here is your chance.

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