When his mentor is taken captive by a disgraced Arab sheik, a killer-for-hire is forced into action. His mission: kill three members of Britain's elite Special Air Service responsible for the death of his sons.
A father is without the means to pay for his daughter's medical treatment. As a last resort, he partners with a greedy co-worker to rob a casino. When things go awry they're forced to hijack a city bus.
Robert De Niro,
Jeffrey Dean Morgan
SHRAPNEL tells the story of two veterans of the Bosnian War, one American, one Serbian, who clash in the Appalachian Mountain wilderness. FORD is a former American soldier who fought on the front lines in Bosnia. When our story begins, he has retreated to a remote cabin in the woods, trying to escape painful memories of war. The drama begins when KOVAC, a former Serbian soldier, seeks Ford out, hoping to settle an old score. What follows is a cat-and-mouse game in which Ford and Kovac fght their own personal World War III, with battles both physical and psychological. By the end of the flm, old wounds are opened, suppressed memories are drawn to the surface and long-hidden secrets about both Ford and Kovac are revealed. Written by
The book that Robert De Niro is seen reading at the start of the movie is "For whom the bell tolls" by Ernest Hemingway. The Hemingway novel features a main character named "Robert" and deals with the Spanish Civil War - the Bosnian/Serb civil war is the background to the movie. See more »
Emil Kovac is a Serb, i.e. Greek Orthodox. Nevertheless in the final scene, in the dilapidated church he makes the sign of the Cross in the Catholic Christian way. See more »
Your Love Fades with Time
Written and Performed by Gene Casey
Performed by Eddie M.
Written by Edward Melanson
Published by Wild Pink Music/ Gene Casey Music
Courtesy of Fervor Records Vintage
Courtesy of Gene Casey Masters
By Arrangement with BOK Music
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As somebody from outside the US I find it usually almost offensive the little care Hollywood has when trying to reflect other countries or cultures. In the past it was already bad that they could not even bother to know the simplest facts about a country before talking about it. But they could say that they couldn't be bothered with all the costs etc. Not a good argument, but an argument at least.
Nowadays all it takes is one visit to the wikipedia and 5 minutes of your life to avoid the idiotic historical blunders they made in this movie.
That they made a movie based on historic situations without spending those 5 minutes is an indication of the incompetence of the producers/directors.
That, and Travolta's impersonation of Borat. What a huge letdown from two of my favorite actors!
As for the movie itself, the quote from Billy Madison's come to mind:
"Mr. Madison, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul."
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