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Shadow Company (2006)

 |  Documentary  |  March 2006 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Bell ...
Himself - President, Globe Risk
Phil Lancaster ...
Himself - Major [Ret.], Canadian Army
Madelaine Drohan ...
Herself - Author + Journalist
Robert Young Pelton ...
Himself - Author + Adventurer
Peter Singer ...
Himself - Political Analyst
Doug Brooks ...
Himself - Government Lobbyist For Security Companies
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Himself - Producer
Cobus Claassens ...
Himself - Security Contractor
Slavko Ilic ...
Himself - Security Contractor
Neall Ellis ...
Himself - Private Military Contractor
Frances Stonor Saunders ...
Herself - Author + Historian
John F. Mullins ...
Himself - Soldier of Fortune
Eike Kluge ...
Himself - Professor of Ethics
Tasha Bradsell ...
Herself - Journalist
James Ashcroft ...
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Thousands of private soldiers operate in Iraq alone... and many more around the world. These individuals, known as private security contractors, are changing the face of modern warfare everyday while their world has remained mystery to those at home. Shadow Company is the groundbreaking investigative feature-length documentary that seeks out and reveals the origins and destinations of these modern-day mercenaries. Who are these security contractors ? What do they do ? Why do they do it ? THE RULES OF WAR HAVE CHANGED. Purpose Films proudly brings you an immersive and visionary look at the private individuals who have changed them in a way that defies typical documentary style. Written by Wolski, Dominika

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Interviewer: Did you ever consider flying helicopter as a civilian? As an alternative career?
Neall Elliss - Interviewee: No.
Interviewer: No?
Neall Elliss - Interviewee: No. There's not enough excitement.
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Neall Elliss - Interviewee: You know it's all a game. War is a game... It's the ultimate game. There's nothing to touch it.
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provocative look at modern mercenaries and where they fit in the modern military landscape
3 October 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

An impressive documentary for several reasons: for offering an invaluable glimpse into a hidden component of modern warfare that may have grave consequences for the future; for infusing a sense of style (and even humor where appropriate) into the story, breathing new and much needed vitality into the realm of political documentary; and for posing the right questions to the right people and not ramming the answers down viewers' throats.

It's seems that these filmmakers have no agenda other than making a good film and shedding light on a dark subject--refreshing to say the least. Well worth seeking this one out.


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