The Mark of Cain (2007)

R  |   |  Drama, War  |  25 November 2008 (USA)
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Uses detailed research and explosive new testimonies by soldiers who have served in Iraq to tell an emotional fictional story of two young men very much out of their depth.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark 'Treacle' Tate
Shane Gulliver
Captain Worriss
Davey Gulliver
Heather Craney ...
Brenda Tate
Major Godber
Corporal Gant
Lance Corporal Quealey
Major Rod Gilchrist
Colonel Hampton
Roger Barclay ...
Kevin Knapman ...
Pvt Soldier 1
Simon Naylor ...
Pvt Soldier 2


GULLIVER and TATE - nickname 'Treacle' - are two ordinary 18 year-olds serving in the British Army in Iraq. Their platoon is struggling to maintain the uneasy peace of 2003. When their popular company captain, GODBER, is killed on patrol by a roadside bomb, morale in the platoon hits rock bottom. Acting on orders they round up several suspects from house-to-house searches. That night feelings at the camp are running high and as the chain of command is weakened and events spiral out of control. The lads end their tour of duty and return to England full of stories but also shaken by their experiences. Iraq comes back to haunt them when Gulliver's jilted girlfriend, Shelley, decides to get her own back on him by giving photos of the events in Iraq to the British police. The story hits the press, and Gulliver and Treacle, now the most reviled men in Britain, face court martial. The army claims the two are 'rotten apples' acting alone. Guilt-ridden and abandoned, the pressure is too much ... Written by Red Production Company

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Rated R for violent and disturbing content including torture, pervasive language and some nudity | See all certifications »




Release Date:

25 November 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kainin merkki  »

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When Gulliver and Tate are outside, before they go to beat the prisoners, the scene changes from morning to the middle of the night, after watching the other soldiers walk towards the cells and cut back to them talking. See more »


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we came to liberate
12 April 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

this is an important war movie. the best war movie i've seen since 'three kings' not much shooting or setpiece explosive action mind you. movie critics are uneasy at its stark portrayal of dysfunctional army ways and its psychopathic sergeant whilst we are still in the midst of that same war.

it seems disloyal somehow. to our boys in the field to lay bare the prosaic anatomy of torture so powerfully. but i think this is a film all true soldiers will love.

they say the first casualty of war is truth and they're not far wrong. because war is horrendous.

it's just a damn shame that after all the classic Vietnam war movies that there will be another crop of classic iraq war movies. (eg gunner palace)

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