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Manticore (2005)

In war-torn Iraq, rugged Army soldiers learn that the battles they face every day have only been a warm-up to the unspeakable terror awaiting them.


Tripp Reed


John Werner




Credited cast:
Robert Beltran ... Sgt. Baxter
Jeff Fahey ... Kramer
Chase Masterson ... Ashley Pierce
Heather Donahue ... Cpl. Keats
Faran Tahir ... Umari
A.J. Buckley ... Pvt. Sulley
Jeff M. Lewis ... Ortiz (as Jeff Lewis)
Richard Gnolfo ... John Busey
Jonas Talkington Jonas Talkington ... Mouth
Michail Elenov Michail Elenov ... Fathi
George Zlatarev George Zlatarev ... Safa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Benjamin Burdick ... Ryan
Michael Cory Davis ... Pvt. Davis
Edmund Druilhet ... Sargent Cohen
Vlado Mihailov Vlado Mihailov ... Mickey


During Operation Iraqi Freedom, a US Army Squad is sent to a small Iraqi town to locate a missing news crew, only to find the residents of the town dead and a living weapon of mass destruction, a Manticore, awakened from its long slumber by a terrorist leader wanting to rid his land of the American invaders at any price. Written by GeneralEric

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Just Like Iraq
4 December 2006 | by john-4316See all my reviews

The first 15 minutes looks like it could have been shot on the outskirts of Baghdad. Having spent 2 years working in Iraq I thought the movie crew did an excellent job with location. The background portraits of Sadaam with the eyes scratched out was a nice touch. Equipment used by the US Army is close to what is actually used except that none of the actors used Level 3 plates. As they add 25Kg to the weight of the body armor I understand why they were left out. The TV reporter should have been wearing black Kevlar Helmut with black body armor used by civilians working in Iraq. For some reason they were not provided with Personal Protection gear.

The movie is entertaining, and makes a fine "B" movie. You will be disappointed by the special effects. It would have been better if only parts of the Manticore were shown. A claw here or tail there. With this movie less would have been more.

I think it was still worth watching on HBO, Cinemax or Star Movies.

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26 November 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Мантикора See more »

Filming Locations:

Sofia, Bulgaria

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