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Gunner Palace (2004)

PG-13 | | Documentary, War | 5 September 2004 (USA)
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American soldiers of the 2/3 Field Artillery, a group known as the "Gunners," tell of their experiences in Baghdad during the Iraq War. Holed up in a bombed out pleasure palace built by Sadaam Hussein, the soldiers endured hostile situations some four months after President George W. Bush declared the end of major combat operations in the country.
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Bryant Davis Bryant Davis ... Self
Devon Dixon Devon Dixon ... Self
Javorn Drummond Javorn Drummond ... Self
Elliot Lovett Elliot Lovett ... Self
Nick Moncrief Nick Moncrief ... Self
Jon Powers Jon Powers ... Self
Richmond Shaw Richmond Shaw ... Self
Terry Taylor Terry Taylor ... Self
Stuart Wilf Stuart Wilf ... Self
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American soldiers of the 2/3 Field Artillery, a group known as the "Gunners," tell of their experiences in Baghdad during the Iraq War. Holed up in a bombed out pleasure palace built by Sadaam Hussein, the soldiers endured hostile situations some four months after President George W. Bush declared the end of major combat operations in the country.

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Some war stories will never make the nightly news. See more »

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Documentary | War

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Rated PG-13 on appeal for strong language throughout, violent situations and some drug references | See all certifications »

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During a raid on a house, several Iraqi men, brothers, are captured. One of them protests, saying (in English) that he is a journalist. Some of the soldiers tell him to shut up, and he is taken away. As it turns out, this man was indeed a journalist, Yunis Khatayer Abbas. He spent time in jail, some at Abu Ghraib, suspected of plotting to assassinate British PM Tony Blair. After nine months of imprisonment, he was released, and the US has not charged him with any crime. By coincidence, Michael Tucker, the director of "Gunner Palace," heard about Mr. Abbas' story, and worked together to make his latest movie, "The Prisoner, or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair." See more »

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SPC Stuart Wilf: Part of our eighty-seven billion dollar budget provided for us to have some secondary armor on put on top of our thin skinned humvees. This armor is made in Iraq, and it's high quality ... metal ... and it will probably slow down the shrapnel so that it stays in your body instead of going clean through. And that's about it!
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Ultimately one-sided
21 May 2005 | by honkusSee all my reviews

This documentary is well worth seeing for one reason -- more than anything I've seen about the Iraq war, it gives the American soldier's point of view on fighting in Iraq. The news-bites and short glimpses of the war given the American public on television are filtered down so much by the time they get to your screen that you feel like you've seen nothing and gained no insight about what is really going on there. If you have a family member or friend fighting over there, you MUST see this film to better appreciate their perspective.

What this film does not do, however, is provide any sort of an Iraqi perspective on the fighting. Granted, there are interviews with Iraqi informants employed by the American military and and several shots of suspected insurgents being detained, but there is no attempt to show the average Iraqi's point of view about the conflict. In other words, this documentary is a very subjective and one-sided perspective, but it is still very worthwhile.

I went to see it with a friend whose brother is currently fighting over there, and she said it was remarkable how well it captured the soldiers' off-time activities and philosophies about the fighting. Her brother and his buddies had made some video footage of their own and it was very similar in that regard. What the documentary doesn't show, and what her brother's video did show, was the dismembered bodies, the hellish and disorienting firefights, and the horrified, screaming civilians. One should not go into a screening of this film believing that they will experience the war or see what it's really like. One has to be there to understand.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Palac Gunner See more »

Filming Locations:

Baghdad, Iraq See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,520, 6 March 2005

Gross USA:

$607,844

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$607,844
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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