MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 20,365 this week

Standard Operating Procedure (2008)

R  |   |  Documentary, Crime, War  |  29 May 2008 (Germany)
7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 3,114 users   Metascore: 70/100
Reviews: 22 user | 118 critic | 31 from Metacritic.com

Errol Morris examines the incidents of abuse and torture of suspected terrorists at the hands of U.S. forces at the Abu Ghraib prison.

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

IMDb Picks: June

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in June, brought to you by Swiffer.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 33 titles
created 30 Jan 2013
 
a list of 34 titles
created 02 Aug 2013
 
a list of 40 titles
created 15 Dec 2013
 
a list of 45 titles
created 17 Feb 2014
 
a list of 27 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Standard Operating Procedure (2008)

Standard Operating Procedure (2008) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Standard Operating Procedure.
3 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A documentary about a pet cemetery in California, and the people who have pets buried there.

Director: Errol Morris
Stars: Lucille Billingsley, Zella Graham, Cal Harberts
Documentary | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A film that successfully argued that a man was wrongly convicted for murder by a corrupt justice system in Dallas County, Texas.

Director: Errol Morris
Stars: Randall Adams, David Harris, Gus Rose
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A film about the life and work of the cosmologist, Stephen Hawking, who despite his near total paralysis, is one of the great minds of all time.

Director: Errol Morris
Stars: Stephen Hawking, Isobel Hawking, Janet Humphrey
Documentary | Short | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Short film documentary about the mysterious umbrella man that appears in the Zapruder film during the assassination of president John F Kennedy in Dallas, Texas in 1963, November 22.

Director: Errol Morris
Stars: Josiah Thompson, Mike Walker
The Heist (TV Movie 2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A Duke zealot recounts the night Michael Jordan's retired North Carolina jersey was seized. This is Errol Morris's second of six shorts for ESPN Films.

Director: Errol Morris
Most Valuable Whatever (TV Movie 2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

How much would you pay for Ty Cobb's dentures in an auction? Errol Morris's final short for ESPN Films takes a look at the stranger side of sports memorabilia collecting with perspective from three very, very dedicated fans.

Director: Errol Morris
El Wingador (2012)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Errol Morris
Stars: Bill 'El Wingador' Simmons
Being Mr. Met (TV Movie 2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In Errol Morris's fourth of six shorts for ESPN Films, we learn, through a former Mr. Met, what it's like to be a mascot - to be beloved, but voiceless - and what happens to one's identity when the time comes to take the suit off.

Director: Errol Morris
The Subterranean Stadium (TV Movie 2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

This is the first of his six shorts for ESPN Films. It's about electric football, a basement league, and the gang of glorious eccentrics who keep a decades-long tradition alive.

Director: Errol Morris
November 22, 1963 (Video 2013)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

50 years has passed since JFK's assassination and nothing so conclusive about it was discovered. Reporter Josiah Thompson - who covered the case - shares his views on the subject.

Director: Errol Morris
Stars: Josiah Thompson
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Errol Morris
Stars: Leymah Gbowee
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Megan Ambuhl Graner ...
Herself
Javal Davis ...
Himself
Ken Davis ...
Himself
Anthony Diaz ...
Himself - Former MP
Tim Dugan ...
Himself
Lynndie England ...
Herself
...
Himself - Former MP
Sabrina Harman ...
Herself
Janis Karpinski ...
Herself
Roman Krol ...
Himself
Brent Pack ...
Himself
Jeremy Sivits ...
Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christopher Bradley ...
Military Police (as Chris Bradley)
Sarah Denning ...
Military Police
Robin Dill ...
OGA
Edit

Storyline

Errol Morris examines the incidents of abuse and torture of suspected terrorists at the hands of U.S. forces at the Abu Ghraib prison.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

I wouldn't recommend a vacation to Iraq anytime soon See more »

Genres:

Documentary | Crime | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing images and content involving torture and graphic nudity, and for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 May 2008 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

S.O.P.: Standard Operating Procedure  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$14,108 (USA) (25 April 2008)

Gross:

$228,830 (USA) (25 July 2008)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

|

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

First documentary ever to be nominated for the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival (2008). See more »

Quotes

Tim Dugan, civilian interrogator (as himself): You gotta consider yourself dead, and if you come back, you're just a lucky bastard, you know. But if you're there, and you consider yourself already dead, you can do all the shit you have to do. I wouldn't recommend a vacation to Iraq anytime soon.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 3 May 2008 (2008) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The stink of war
22 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As someone who spent the majority of his adult life in the military, this documentary was especially disturbing.

It's not as it there is anything new here. I saw Ghosts of Abu Ghraib, a better picture, and I am sure that I will see some of this again in Taxi to the Dark Side, or at least I am told I will. It is not that this is new or surprising, but that it needs to be seen and remembered as much as the Holocaust.

That is not to say the murder of six million Jews stands equal to the abuses by our soldiers in Iraq, but that we need to remember this and make sure that we do everything we can to prevent it from happening again.

The professionals will tell you that there is no useful information that can be obtained from tortured prisoners. They will say anything to make you quit. So, there is no excuse for what happened here. It was just people reverting to their animal instincts.

The biggest shame, of course, if that no one above the rank of SSgt went to prison. That is just the way it happens. The troops are scapegoated and the officers are reassigned.

The method used by director Errol Morris in telling this story was unique and really added to the film. It needs to be seen by everyone.


15 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Please Tell Me why All the Soldiers look RETARDED? hasstmann
I'm sure this will be good, but ... dvg77
My Problem With Morris PaulVineyard
I saw this tonight... aumgn
Defence of Sabrina SC-20
Saddam's Egg rstandfest
Discuss Standard Operating Procedure (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?