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29 May 2008 (Germany) See more »
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The War on Terror will be photographed See more »
Plot:
Errol Morris examines the incidents of abuse and torture of suspected terrorists at the hands of U.S. forces at the Abu Ghraib prison. | Full synopsis »
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2 wins & 17 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Megan Ambuhl Graner ... Herself
Javal Davis ... Himself
Ken Davis ... Himself
Anthony Diaz ... Himself - Former MP
Tim Dugan ... Himself
Lynndie England ... Herself

Jeffrey Frost ... 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

Joshua Feinman ... Military Police (as Josh Feinman)
Jeff L. Green ... Military Police (as Jeff Green)
Roy Halo ... Detainee
Cyrus King ... Military Intelligence
Alim Kouliev ... OGA / Interrogator

Mike McCann ... OGA / Interrogator
Daniel Novy ... Military Police

Zhubin Rahbar ... Detainee

Shaun Russell ... Military Police
Kami Shahab ... Detainee
Charity Sills ... Military Intelligence
Leighton Strout ... Detainee
Robert Dill ... Translator (uncredited)

Merry Grissom ... Interrogator (uncredited)
Combiz Shams ... Iraqi Detainee (uncredited)

Directed by
Errol Morris 
 
Produced by
Julie Ahlberg .... producer
Amanda Branson Gill .... co-producer
Robert Fernandez .... executive producer
Errol Morris .... producer
Ann Petrone .... co-producer
Diane Weyermann .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Danny Elfman 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Chappell (director of photography)
Robert Richardson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Andy Grieve 
Steven Hathaway 
Dan Mooney 
 
Production Design by
Steve Hardie 
 
Set Decoration by
John M. Kelly 
 
Costume Design by
Marina Draghici 
 
Makeup Department
Brad Look .... key makeup artist
Donyale McRae .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Ron Ames .... post-production supervisor
Laura Burnell .... production supervisor (as Laura Anderson)
Mark Lipson .... post-production supervisor
Brody McHugh .... production supervisor
Dina Marie Piscatelli .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shea Vargé .... second assistant director (as Shea Varge)
Julian Wall .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Christopher Branan .... carpenter
Jon Gold .... property master
Larry Morgan .... carpenter
Miles S. Richman .... lead painter
Daniel Turk .... construction coordinator
 
Sound Department
Jeremy Bowker .... sound editor
Dustin Cawood .... assistant sound designer
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording mixer
G. John Garrett .... sound mixer
Pete Horner .... sound effects editor
Pete Horner .... sound re-recording mixer
Marc Mann .... midi transcriptions
Darren McKenzie .... midi transcriptions
John Nutt .... supervising sound editor
Randy Thom .... sound designer
Dror Gescheit .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Ron Ames .... visual effects producer
Danny Braet .... visual effects
Kyle Cooper .... designer
Adam Gerstel .... visual effects editor
Jesse Klein Seret .... assistant visual effects editor (as Jesse Klein)
Stephen Lawes .... compositor
Robert Legato .... visual effects supervisor
Luke McDonald .... visual effects
Nathaniel Park .... visual effects editor
Chris Paxson .... motion control technician
Richard Wardlow .... visual effects
Gary Mau .... effects animator (uncredited)
 
Stunts
William De Vital .... stunt rigger (as William Devital)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Todd Avery .... second assistant camera
Eric Boyle .... key grip
Mark J. Casey .... electrician
Joe Christofori .... first assistant camera
Scott D. Davis .... gaffer
Tim Driscoll .... key grip
Joe Duarte .... grip
Dan Hutchinson .... electrician
John R. Kaplan .... grip
Abby Levine .... digital imaging technician
Rob McCarthy .... gaffer
Steven Romeo .... digital utility
Travis Trudell .... set electric
John Vecchio .... gaffer
 
Casting Department
Claire Benjamin .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carrie Dacre .... set costumer
Roseann Milano .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Christine Carr .... digital intermediate producer
Salvatore Catanzaro .... on-line editor
Brad Fuller .... co-editor
David Ian Salter .... co-editor (as David Salter)
Karen Schmeer .... co-editor
Jim Passon .... color timer (uncredited)
Jorge Tanaka .... digital intermediate assistant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Pete Anthony .... conductor
Michael Atwell .... digital score recordist
Steve Bartek .... orchestrator
Marc Mann .... midi transcriptions
Darren McKenzie .... midi transcriptions
Tim Rodier .... music preparation
Shie Rozow .... music editor
Dennis S. Sands .... music scoring mixer
Edgardo Simone .... orchestrator
Gina Zimmitti .... music contractor
 
Other crew
Unjoo Lee Byars .... title producer: Main/End Titles, Graphics
Maggie Causey .... script supervisor
Kyle Cooper .... title sequence: designer
Erin Henning .... production assistant
Raymond Hernandez .... production assistant
Daniel Izui .... production assistant
Chris Kasick .... post consultant
Zach Lazar .... stage manager
Lindy Lucas .... production secretary
Mike Mollica .... production assistant
TeNeil Moore .... production coordinator
Sean Robert O'Keefe .... production assistant
Daniel Polsby .... assistant to director
Allan Rafael .... set production assistant
Derek Rimelspach .... production assistant
Ellen Stafford .... producer: main/end titles
George Whitman .... key set production assistant
Sven Zuege .... title designer: end titles, Prologue Films
Seth Kleinberg .... technical producer: main and end titles and visual effects (uncredited)
 

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Rated R for disturbing images and content involving torture and graphic nudity, and for language
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116 min | Germany:118 min (Berlin International Film Festival)
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Argentina:13 | Australia:MA | Canada:18A (British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | France:U (with warning) | Germany:18 | Mexico:C | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Singapore:M18 | UK:15 | USA:R

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First documentary ever to be nominated for the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival (2008).See more »
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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Standard Operating Procedure, 21 September 2008
Author: TheFluffyKnight from United Kingdom

In 2004 the media was full of accounts of the abuse, torture, and even murder of prisoners in the Abu Ghraib prison by Military Police. Photographs surfaced depicting prisoners naked and wearing cloth hoods, and being forced to masturbate, stand on boxes for fear of electrocution, and forming human pyramids. Twelve soldiers were convicted, and the commanding officer at the prison, Brigadier General Janis Karpinski, was demoted to the rank of Colonel. Errol Morris' documentary Standard Operating Procedure attempts to examine the atmosphere surrounding the abuse, the people involved, and whether it was all down to a few "bad apples", or if it was reflective of the American military as a whole.

Morris keeps his authorial influence to a minimum, instead allowing his subjects to speak for themselves. He has interviewed several of the soldiers involved, including Lynndie England, who can be seen in many of the photographs smiling, pointing, giving a thumbs up. She and the other soldiers interviewed describe, with remarkable candour, what it was like living in Abu Ghraib prison, their relationships with each other and the prisoners, and the events and tensions surrounding those incidents depicted in the photographs. It all paints a picture of the prison as a dark and stifling environment, one just waiting to bring out the worst in people.

The real centrepiece of the film, though, are the photographs. Even four years after they dominated every front page and bulletin, they have lost none of their power to appal and disgust. Some, like the picture of a man forced to stand, arms outstretched, on a box with a cloth bag on his head, are surreal. Others, like a photograph of Sabrina Harman giving a thumbs up over a dead prisoner, are simply disturbing.

And hovering above all of this are the OGA, or Other Government Agencies, an often used euphemism for the CIA. It was during the CIA-led interrogations that the most heinous of human rights infractions were most likely carried out. But there are no photographs of these incidents. Standard Operating Procedure raises the point that it is these individuals who should have received the full brunt of the punishment, but it was simpler to lay the blame on lower ranking officers like England and Harman.

It is here that the main point of contention with Standard Operating Procedure arises. It is true that no one above the rank of Staff Sergeant was convicted. And it is true that this should not be the case, that those higher-ranking officers who let this abuse play out under their noses should be held accountable. But Morris tries to divert too much of the blame away from those who were convicted. While England, Harman and the others were just following orders and living in a deeply affecting environment, they are also human beings endowed with free will. They could have said no at any time, and just walked away.

That Standard Operating Procedure raises these arguments means that it is worthy of our time. It presents the facts as perceived by those involved, never itself commenting or judging. It leaves that to us, so that we can make up our own minds. So that perhaps we can learn from the mistakes made by others, and prevent them from happening again.

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