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Standard Operating Procedure (2008)

R  |   |  Documentary, Crime, War  |  29 May 2008 (Germany)
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Errol Morris examines the incidents of abuse and torture of suspected terrorists at the hands of U.S. forces at the Abu Ghraib prison.

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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 ...
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Christopher Bradley ...
Military Police (as Chris Bradley)
Sarah Denning ...
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Robin Dill ...
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Errol Morris examines the incidents of abuse and torture of suspected terrorists at the hands of U.S. forces at the Abu Ghraib prison.

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The scandal was a cover up. See more »

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

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29 May 2008 (Germany)  »

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

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$228,830 (USA) (25 July 2008)
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First documentary ever to be nominated for the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival (2008). See more »

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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.
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Standard Operating Procedure
13 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Standard Operating Procedure is a very disturbing documentary. The music and the images allow us to understand the prison and to see what went on in the prison. The clear context of the crimes against humanity that is so off putting and mainly off camera is contrasted with inviting film work that draws us into this story. There are very interesting images and techniques that are used that must be seen again for the simplicity and elegance of them. It is therefore a bit unsettling. Questions are asked and answered, but in doing so other questions arise. We find ourselves again asking for more information and questioning the truthfulness of everyone interviewed. Where are the commanders that ordered this to happen? Where are the political leaders that legitimated these behaviors? They are in the background. They seem to have run away to hide from the story and from history. Without pictures would we have been unable to see the abuses reported? Are we yet, with pictures, unable to see the real abuses? The aberrant seems to be the Standard Operating Procedure. We find ourselves questioning our own beliefs and wrestling with our own culpability.


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