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Gone Elvis (2011)

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A day in the life of a homeless, female veteran of the Iraq war.

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Credited cast:
Carla Duren ...
Mary O'Brady ...
Carol
Terry Caza ...
Doctor
Elmer Christopher King ...
Club Owner
Ernie Tubbs ...
Police Officer
Erin DeWard ...
Gloria Chester
Hiroko Gier ...
Hotel Clerk
Shirl Di Gungo ...
Mom in Laudromat
Malia Di Gungo ...
Girl in Laundromat
Kevin Martin ...
Homeless Vet
Andy Gerheart ...
Soldier Carrying Girl
Mike Meier ...
Soldier Assailant
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Paige Bowerman ...
Gym Manager
Devin Devine ...
Dude
Shirl Elizabeth DiGugno ...
Mom in laundromat
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A short, narrative film depicting a single day in the life of homeless, Iraq war veteran Olivia Sloane. After ten years of service and her final tour as an MP amid the dangerous, post-surge campaigns of 2007-08, she returned home to face even greater struggles. Abandoned by her husband (who also took custody of their young daughter) while Sloane was overseas, she survives hour to hour - living in her car, subsisting on a meager, disability benefit, looking for work in a recession. Better off than many homeless vets, so far avoiding substance abuse, Sloane is nevertheless a warrior now fighting an internal battle - the resilient soldier unable to reconcile the frail woman who suffers both from PTSD and common heartbreak. Written by D. Newhoff

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iraq war | veteran | homelessness | See All (3) »

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She's back, but she's not home.

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Short | Drama | History

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October 2011 (USA)  »

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Olivia Sloane: I just might kill the next motherfucker who thanks me for my service.
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Honest, Moving, and Heartfelt
28 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Saw this at the FilmColumbia Festival and was quite taken by its ability to address without melodrama the shame that is this country's negligence of its returning war vets. The director, a guy named David Newhoff, has taken a limited budget and skillfully turned it to his advantage. The result is a compelling fly-on-the-wall experience for the audience, one that lingers long after the final frame. Particular kudos go to the young woman (Carla Duren) who plays the lead. My assumption is that she's never served in the military but one certainly wouldn't get that from her portrayal of this homeless vet. Again, like the movie as a whole, she delivers a controlled performance, often letting a look or expression convey what would otherwise be overkill were it expressed in words. Bottom line: seek this film out, if at all possible.


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