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The Way We Get By -- Beginning as a seemingly idiosyncratic story about troop greeters -- a group of senior citizens who gather daily at a small airport to thank American soldiers departing and returning from Iraq, the film quickly turns into a story about aging, loneliness, war and mortality.
The Way We Get By -- On call 24/7 for the past 6 years, a group of senior citizens transform their lives by greeting nearly one million U.S. troops at a tiny airport in Maine.


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2009 (USA) See more »
Sometimes all it takes is a handshake to change a life.
On call 24/7 for the past six years, three senior citizens have made history by greeting nearly one million U.S... See more » | Add synopsis »
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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Tribulations of Growing Old See more (9 total) »


Joan Gaudet ... Herself
William Knight ... Himself
Gerald Mundy ... Himself

Directed by
Aron Gaudet 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Aron Gaudet  written by
Gita Pullapilly 

Produced by
Jessica Barnthouse .... associate producer
Warren Cook .... executive producer
Aron Gaudet .... producer
Gita Pullapilly .... producer
Kavita Pullapilly .... consulting producer
Original Music by
Zack Martin 
Cinematography by
Dan Ferrigan 
Aron Gaudet 
Film Editing by
Aron Gaudet 
Sound Department
Sam Gray .... sound effects editor
Dave Howe .... re-recording mixer
Editorial Department
Marc Brown .... colorist
Other crew
Leo Doyle .... story consultant
David Magdael .... publicist
Gita Pullapilly .... interviewer

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USA:84 min (approx.)
Color (NTSC Color)
Aspect Ratio:
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The Maine Troop Greeters have greeted over 750,000 troops as of November 2008.See more »


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6 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Tribulations of Growing Old, 11 January 2010
Author: The-420-MuNkEy

This movie, first and foremost, is about the troubles of elderly people. From reading a description, one would expect Troop Greeting to be the main theme of this movie, but it is far from it. The Filmmaker follows 3 elderly people around talking about their life. Be prepared to hear about medical problems, loneliness, money problems, inevitable death, and how 'it used to be' (you know, the general 'old-man' ramblings). Troop Greeting merely a strategy of coping with their own loneliness and feeling of worthlessness.

You want to make a hard-hitting documentary about the elderly? Go visit some cheap nursing homes and retirement homes. I'm sure there's more interesting content there than old people shaking hands in airport terminals.

If you're thinking about spending money to watch this, don't. Spend the money on gas and visit a nursing home. It's essentially the same experience (albeit, with the addition of the old-person smell), except you might actually have a positive effect on someones life, if only for a day.

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