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The Ground Truth (2006)

The Ground Truth: After the Killing Ends (original title)
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The filmmaker's subjects are patriotic young Americans - ordinary men and women who heeded the call for military service in Iraq - as they experience recruitment and training, combat, ... See full summary »

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Patricia Foulkrod
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Robert Acosta Robert Acosta ... Self
Kelly Dougherty Kelly Dougherty ... Self
Patricia Foulkrod Patricia Foulkrod ... Host / Interviewer
Nicole Huze Nicole Huze ... Self (as Nickie Huze)
Sean Huze ... Self
Denver Jones Denver Jones ... Self
Joyce Lucey Joyce Lucey ... Self
Kevin Lucey Kevin Lucey ... Self
Jackie Massey Jackie Massey ... Self
Jimmy Massey Jimmy Massey ... Self
Demond Mullins Demond Mullins ... Self
Herold Noel Jr. Herold Noel Jr. ... Self (as Herold Noel)
Chad Reiber Chad Reiber ... Self
Paul Rieckhoff ... Self
Steve Robinson Steve Robinson ... Self
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The filmmaker's subjects are patriotic young Americans - ordinary men and women who heeded the call for military service in Iraq - as they experience recruitment and training, combat, homecoming, and the struggle to reintegrate with families and communities. The terrible conflict in Iraq is a prelude for the even more challenging battles fought by the soldiers returning home - with personal demons, an uncomprehending public, and an indifferent government. As these battles take shape, each soldier becomes a new kind of hero, bearing witness and giving support to other veterans, and learning to fearlessly wield the most powerful weapon of all - the truth. Written by Focus Features

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Genres:

Documentary | War

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Rated R for disturbing violent content, and language | See all certifications »
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Connections

References Top Gun (1986) See more »

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Somebody's Gotta Do It
Written by Tajir Jamal, Floyd Carson, Tsidi Ibrahim, Carl Jenkins, and Tariq Trotter
Performed by The Roots
Courtesy of Geffen Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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No victors, just victims
29 December 2013 | by gilligan-11See all my reviews

Physically and emotionally traumatized veterans of the Iraq War tell their stories in this straightforward and poignant documentary. Each narrative seems eerily similar to the others—beginning with the initial lure of the Army or Marine recruiter's pitch (laced with half-truths), proceeding to the thorough mental indoctrination of basic training(essentially, psychological conditioning to master killing as a fundamental job skill), bottoming out with the paralyzing shock of actual warfare and bearing witness to death and destruction, and concluding with the return home carrying both physical and emotional scars for which the military and the government provide sporadic—if any—support. The veterans who tell their stories seem insightful, reflective, and articulate. They are not embittered or angry malcontents who feel cheated out of entitlements (although they'd have every right to be). They are simply compassionate human beings who realize that they have lost the lives they once knew and wonder why that's happened.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 2006 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Asheville, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,207, 17 September 2006

Gross USA:

$20,013

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,013
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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