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Purple Heart (2005)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Thriller
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PURPLE HEART tells of a clean-up effort after a covert mission gone wrong. It is the story of Colonel Allen, the leader of a new, elite military unit designed for covert operations. His ... See full summary »


Bill Birrell





Credited cast:
William Sadler ... Colonel Allen
Demetrius Navarro ... Oscar Padilla
Mel Harris ... Dr. Harrison
Ed Lauter ... Civilian
Emilio Rivera ... Deputy
Russell Gannon Russell Gannon ... Al-Sadr
Mary L. Carter ... News Reporter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joseph Aguilar ... M.A. Guiterrez
Icarus the Wonder Dog Icarus the Wonder Dog ... Claudia's Dog
Dave Erickson Dave Erickson ... News Anchor
Charles Fathy ... Iraqi Officer
Dennis Hayden ... Earl
Charlie Parrish ... Drill Instructor (as H. Charles Parrish)
Tulsi Ram Tulsi Ram ... Iraqi soldier (as Toufig Tulsiram)
Ric Smith Ric Smith ... Hank


PURPLE HEART tells of a clean-up effort after a covert mission gone wrong. It is the story of Colonel Allen, the leader of a new, elite military unit designed for covert operations. His first mission: assassinate Saddam Hussein prior to the beginning of the 2003 Iraq War. Sgt. Oscar Padilla is the sniper chosen for the mission targeting Hussein. Unfortunately the mission is compromised; Padilla is captured and tortured by the Iraqis. Later, Padilla is rescued, but is severely damaged by his ordeal. Back in the States, he escapes from the lock down ward of the military hospital where he is being treated. Given what he knows about our illegal attempt at political assassination, he is considered dangerous. As the leader of the unit that trained Padilla and executed the mission, Colonel Allen is sent with specific orders to go find Padilla and "solve the problem" permanently. Allen intends to convince Padilla to come back. The film raises questions about the moral obligations of the use ... Written by Bill Birrell

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The True Horror of War...is What We Do to Ourselves


Action | Drama | Thriller | War


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Also Known As:

Bíborszív See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

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Claymore Inc. See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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AWOL soldier gets a kind of justice.
14 November 2017 | by benrostulSee all my reviews

I'm English, so I don't suppose I get the whole meaning behind this film. I can't say anything about the truth of it. I can say I've rarely seen a film that was so well-written, and so sympathetically acted. No-one puts a foot wrong. Well, perhaps one actor is a bit too genre, too sensational, but I expect he did as he was directed. I'd've preferred the character to be less full-on, but there you are. Otherwise the script is taut, and the acting full of feeling. I can see why it didn't get a release, though I would've thought it could have got some TV time. But see this if you can. Not for its accuracy, that's for another kind of verdict, but as a piece of film-making, as a piece of writing, as a human artistic endeavour, yes, watch it.

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