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A psychological study of operations desert shield and desert storm during the gulf war; through the eyes of a U.S marine sniper who struggles to cope with the possibility his girlfriend may be cheating on him back home.

Director:

Sam Mendes

Writers:

William Broyles Jr. (screenplay) (as William D. Broyles Jr.), Anthony Swofford (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Gyllenhaal ... Anthony Swofford
Scott MacDonald ... D.I. Fitch
Peter Sarsgaard ... Alan Troy
Jamie Foxx ... Staff Sgt. Sykes
Ming Lo ... Bored Gunny
Lucas Black ... Chris Kruger
Kevin Foster ... Branded Marine
Brian Geraghty ... Fergus O'Donnell
Damion Poitier ... Poitier
Riad Galayini Riad Galayini ... Nurse
Craig Coyne Craig Coyne ... Young Mr. Swofford
Katherine Randolph ... Young Mrs. Swofford
Rini Bell ... Swoff's Sister
Dendrie Taylor ... Mrs. Swofford
James Morrison ... Mr. Swofford
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Storyline

Anthony "Swoff" Swofford, a Camus-reading kid from Sacramento, enlists in the Marines in the late 1980s. He malingers during boot camp, but makes it through as a sniper, paired with the usually-reliable Troy. The Gulf War breaks out, and his unit goes to Saudi Arabia for Desert Shield. After 175 days of boredom, adrenaline, heat, worry about his girlfriend finding someone else, losing it and nearly killing a mate, demotion, latrine cleaning, faulty gas masks, and desert football, Desert Storm begins. In less than five days, it's over, but not before Swoff sees burned bodies, flaming oil derricks, an oil-drenched horse, and maybe a chance at killing. Where does all the testosterone go? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Every man fights his own war. See more »

Genres:

Action | Biography | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, some violent images and strong sexual content | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Universal [United States]

Country:

USA | UK | Germany

Language:

English | Spanish | Arabic | Latin

Release Date:

4 November 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Soldado anónimo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$72,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,726,210, 6 November 2005

Gross USA:

$62,658,220

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$96,889,998
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire originally vied for the lead role in the film. Tobey Maguire would later star alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in Brothers (2009). Ironically he plays a Marine in that film. See more »

Goofs

Some of the Marines wear their dog tags outside their skivvy shirt. U.S. Marines are told to wear them inside their skivvy shirt. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: A story: A man fires a rifle for many years, and he goes to war. And afterward he turns the rifle in at the armory, and he believes he's finished with the rifle. But no matter what else he might do with his hands, love a woman, build a house, change his son's diaper; his hands remember the rifle.
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Crazy Credits

The title of the movie is the only opening credit at the beginning of the movie. See more »

Alternate Versions

Military theatrical versions of the film remove some footage, including the scene where a soldier dies during training. See more »

Connections

References Mean Streets (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Worry, Be Happy
Written by Bobby McFerrin
Performed by Bobby McFerrin
Courtesy of Blue Note Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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27 October 2005 | by twim23See all my reviews

Just saw an advanced screening of this tonight. While it isn't the film that has been so brilliantly advertised, it's a very solid film. It feels a lot like "Full Metal Jacket" early on, but with more humor. Then, it becomes an entirely new animal. More of a psychological study. I would actually call this the "Blair Witch Project" of war films in that you (and the characters) know the Boogeyman's "out there," you're just waiting for him to strike. And the longer you wait, the more stir-crazy you become within your own mind.

The acting is superb and the cinematography is stellar. It's an anti-war film without being distinctly liberal about it. It's a true story, and for the most part, Mendes tells it like it is. So, you can make your own judgment about it. But based off what you see, and all that happens, you have no choice but see the absurdity, not only in war, but perhaps in some of the USMC's tactics as well. It's heartbreaking to see what an experience like this can do to young men.

If you're looking for action, this is not the film you're looking for. No heroism, judgments, insight, or hope. Just the documentation and reflection of build up, the destruction of lives, psychological torment, boredom, camaraderie, and...waiting.


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