A Rolling Stone reporter, embedded with The 1st Recon Marines chronicles his experiences during the first wave of the American-led assault on Baghdad in 2003.
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Top Rated TV #113 | Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 9 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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 Sgt. Brad 'Iceman' Colbert (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Cpl. Josh Ray Person (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Evan 'Scribe' Wright (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Sgt. Antonio Espera (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Lt. Nathaniel Fick (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Lance Cpl. Harold James Trombley (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Cpl. Evan 'Q-Tip' Stafford (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Cpl. Walt Hasser (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Gunnery Sgt. Mike 'Gunny' Wynn (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Cpl. Gabe Garza (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Cpl. Jason Lilley (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Sgt. Leandro 'Shady B' Baptista (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Sgt. Rodolfo 'Rudy' Reyes (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Cpl. Anthony 'Manimal' Jacks (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Cpl. James Chaffin (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Cpt. Dave 'Captain America' McGraw (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Cpt. Craig 'Encino Man' Schwetje (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Sgt. Maj. John Sixta (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Cpt. Bryan Patterson (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Maj. Todd Eckloff (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Sgt. Eric Kocher (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Cpl. Jeffrey 'Dirty Earl' Carisalez (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Meesh (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Sgt. Steven Lovell (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Cpl. Nathan Christopher (7 episodes, 2008)
Sal Alvarez ...
 Cpl. Hector Leon (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Pfc. John Christeson (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Cpl. Michael Stinetorf (7 episodes, 2008)
Sydney Hall ...
 Cpl. Teren 'T' Holsey (7 episodes, 2008)
Justin Shaw ...
 Sgt. Michael 'Budweiser' Brunmeier (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Cpl. Daniel Redman (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Sgt. Damon Fawcett (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Cpl. John Burris (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Cpl. Smith (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Cpl. Cody Scott (7 episodes, 2008)
Eric Kocher ...
 Gunnery Sgt. Rich Barrett (7 episodes, 2008)
Denton Douglas ...
 Cpl. Trevor Darnold (6 episodes, 2008)
Josh Barrett ...
 Sgt. Larry Shawn 'Pappy' Patrick (5 episodes, 2008)
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 Maj. Gen. James 'Chaos' Mattis (3 episodes, 2008)
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Following multiple recon marines during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, a group of mixed personalities, you see the dysfunctionality of the military, and on other times, how formalized and heroic it can be. A Rolling Stones reporter joins reconnaissance marines invading Iraq and recounts the mix of horrors and hilarity he encounters during his time there. Written by Ernie Mastroianni

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40 meres sto Iraq  »

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On the DVD audio commentary, David Simon recalled Neal Jones's somewhat unorthodox audition for the role of Sgt. Major Sixta. According to the story, Jones entered the audition room, immediately began screaming his lines unintelligibly - much like his character does - and then walked out of the room without another word. As he opened the door to leave, he winked at casting director Alexa L. Fogel, and she realized she had the right actor for the role. See more »

Quotes

Cpt. Craig 'Encino Man' Schwetje: Doc?
Navy Hm2 Robert Timothy 'Doc' Bryan: I'm all squared away, sir.
Cpt. Craig 'Encino Man' Schwetje: Doc, I know the guys look up to you. I'd like to hear what you have to say.
Navy Hm2 Robert Timothy 'Doc' Bryan: You're asking me to be frank, sir?
Cpt. Craig 'Encino Man' Schwetje: Yes.
Navy Hm2 Robert Timothy 'Doc' Bryan: You're incompetent, sir.
Cpt. Craig 'Encino Man' Schwetje: ...I'm doing my best.
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Great show
29 July 2008 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Saw the first three episodes of this on cable whilst on holiday, and hope it comes to the UK very soon so that I can see the rest. I also saw part of the 'Making of...' documentary, and many of the production team where a) female and b)British. They've done a really excellent job of portraying the atmosphere of war-torn Iraq, and have not compromised the performances by trying to tone down the language and jingoistic views of many of the characters. Heart pounding action whilst transiting the first town when the convoy comes under fire for the first time, and euphoria when they emerge at the far side largely unscathed. Brilliant. Well done. A really fine piece of work. Snap it up BBC.......please!


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