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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
 
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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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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 Devon Dixon:I couldn't sleep for a while, you know, the first time I ever had to kill somebody, so I know for me ... you know, it tore me up pretty bad. But after a while, you know, I learned to deal with it, 'case you gotta look at it as, you know, it's either gonna be him or it's gonna be me, and, you know, I'm not doin' the wrong thing, I'm just following orders, so I'd rather it not be me. So, I had to, you know, I learned to live with it.See more »
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Superb for what it is, 29 March 2005
Author: (dj_bassett) from Philadelphia

I ended up liking this quite a bit, although paradoxically the movie's greatest strength (an unwillingness to get wrapped up in the political arguments pro/con on the Iraq war, a willingness more or less to keep the vision down to the grunt's level) is also the movie's big weakness, as it often seems one or two steps removed from raw footage (in fact there's two false endings here, until finally the movie makers concede that they don't know how to end the thing....and then end it). The movie makers start the film suggesting this stuff should be on television and I agree; this really should be a very special "Primetime Live" or something.

That said, the footage is superb, the sense of a grunt's life very well evoked, with individual personalities nicely delineated. For what it is, essentially journalism in documentary film fancy-dress, it's very well done. The movie makers took some real risk; one only wishes more journalists would do the same. I also liked the melange of hip-hop, Islam, metal guitar, doper humor, Army briskness, pop culture references and the like that the film portrays: I have a pet theory that the twenty-first century will be characterized by the multi-cultural stew that GUNNER PALACE and the like portray. Worth checking out.

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