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Purple Heart (2005)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Thriller
PURPLE HEART tells of a clean-up effort after a covert mission gone wrong. It is the story of Colonel Allen, the leader of a new, elite military unit designed for covert operations. His ... See full summary »

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Colonel Allen
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Oscar Padilla
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Dr. Harrison
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Deputy
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Al-Sadr
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News Reporter
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M.A. Guiterrez
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Claudia's Dog
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Iraqi Officer
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Earl
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Iraqi soldier (as Toufig Tulsiram)
Ric Smith ...
Hank
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PURPLE HEART tells of a clean-up effort after a covert mission gone wrong. It is the story of Colonel Allen, the leader of a new, elite military unit designed for covert operations. His first mission: assassinate Saddam Hussein prior to the beginning of the 2003 Iraq War. Sgt. Oscar Padilla is the sniper chosen for the mission targeting Hussein. Unfortunately the mission is compromised; Padilla is captured and tortured by the Iraqis. Later, Padilla is rescued, but is severely damaged by his ordeal. Back in the States, he escapes from the lock down ward of the military hospital where he is being treated. Given what he knows about our illegal attempt at political assassination, he is considered dangerous. As the leader of the unit that trained Padilla and executed the mission, Colonel Allen is sent with specific orders to go find Padilla and "solve the problem" permanently. Allen intends to convince Padilla to come back. The film raises questions about the moral obligations of the use ... Written by Bill Birrell

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The True Horror of War...is What We Do to Ourselves

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Action | Drama | Thriller | War

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AWOL soldier gets a kind of justice.
14 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

I'm English, so I don't suppose I get the whole meaning behind this film. I can't say anything about the truth of it. I can say I've rarely seen a film that was so well-written, and so sympathetically acted. No-one puts a foot wrong. Well, perhaps one actor is a bit too genre, too sensational, but I expect he did as he was directed. I'd've preferred the character to be less full-on, but there you are. Otherwise the script is taut, and the acting full of feeling. I can see why it didn't get a release, though I would've thought it could have got some TV time. But see this if you can. Not for its accuracy, that's for another kind of verdict, but as a piece of film-making, as a piece of writing, as a human artistic endeavour, yes, watch it.


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