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
When Benjamin emerges from the rapids and seeks shelter in a nearby cave, the survival techniques he uses are all authentic. He urinates on his leg wound to disinfect it as urine contains salts and ammonia. He later uses a medicinal herb poultice under a bandage to facilitate the safe healing of the wound. He sanitized water by boiling it, then makes pine tea to further warm his body core to prevent hypothermia setting in. The fire pit he digs is taught in military special forces, who adopted it from the Native Americans. Commonly known as a "Dakota" fire pit. It is two chambers dug into the ground roughly elbow deep that join at the bottom in a "V", with the excavated dirt mounded at the rims. The larger chamber contains the fire while the narrower one provides airflow at the base. The value of the fire pit is that it conceals firelight, as well as has the ability to be instantly extinguished and concealed by pushing the excavated dirt back in. This makes it very valuable to a soldier for escape and evasion. The knife used in the film is a Gerber LHR combat knife. Now discontinued and a collectible. See more »
In last scene, as Ben exits and taxi and climbs the stairs to his son's front door, Ben is limping dramatically on his left leg - however, all of his injuries were sustained to his right leg. See more »
It Should Rain
Written and Performed by Gene Casey
Performed by Eddie M.
Written by Edward Melanson
Published by Wild Pink Music/ Gene Casey Music
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I just can't believe what I saw, what happened here?
Let's see... just imagine a film in which the soviet union invaded the USA during '44, half a million casualties in NYC, LA looks like Hiroshima and its all based on true events.
OMG, what a twisted set of events and history, Travolta and DeNiro should have some one teach them a bit better about what happened during the Bosnian war, there are good and impartial accounts out there.
Serb, Croats and Muslim Bosnians committed horrible atrocities and were victims of horrible atrocities, no one was innocent, some were better at playing victims.
Shame on you guys for doing such a perverse film
To the script writer, next time study a bit better before writing such phenomenal piece of historical garbage, do you at least know how many stars there are in your flag?
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