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The Short Life of José Antonio Gutierrez (2006)
"Das kurze Leben des José Antonio Gutierrez" (original title)

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Ratings: 7.4/10 from 69 users   Metascore: 59/100
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A look behind the heroic story of a Guatamalan immigrant who became the first U.S. soldier to die in the American-led war in Iraq.

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Credited cast:
Marc Montez ...
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Patrick Atkinson ...
Himself
Fabian Girón ...
Himself
Veronica Morales ...
Herself
Engracia Sirín Paz Gutierrez ...
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Wenda Periera ...
Herself
Nora Mosquera ...
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David Gonzales ...
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Miguel Perez ...
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Eva Mattes ...
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Alexander Radszun ...
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Peter Flechtner ...
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José Antonio Gutierrez ...
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Traces the life and death of José Antonio Gutierrez (1974?1980?-2003), the U.S. military's first fatality in the Iraq War: born in Guatemala, orphaned at nine, living on the streets and in an orphanage in Escuintla, reunited with his sister as a teen, traveling without papers to the U.S. in 1998, and enlisting as a "green card soldier." His sister, social workers, the orphanage director, a foster mother, and fellow Marines describe him. He died from friendly fire, March 21, 2003. The film uses contemporary footage to present his childhood and his arduous journey to the U.S. His enlistment in exchange for a green card and the promise of citizenship is, says the film, a common story. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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7 December 2006 (Germany)  »

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hardly 'Meat for the Grinder'
13 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a look at the brief and tragic life of a young man from Guatamala. Other reviewers might have you believe he was exploited by the US military but, as it happens, there are many of thousands of young men and women from the USA itself who enlist in the military. Most find a vocation, a sense of discipline, and a good life with good friends. This is what this young man found as well.

When a reviewer wears his politics on his sleeve, he does a disservice to the reader.

This is a solid documentary about a young man who pursued a dream, found it, and unfortunately became a casualty of war.


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