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Occupation: Dreamland (2005)

Unrated | | Documentary, War | 19 May 2006 (Italy)
In January, 2004, in Al-Falluja, Iraq, a documentary film crew follows an infantry squad of the 82nd Airborne, US Army. Cameras accompany the squad of seven on day and night patrols, as ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Matthew Bacik ... Himself
Chris Corcione ... Himself
Eric Forbes ... Himself
Patrick Napoli ... Himself
Thomas Turner ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Blyer ... Himself
Robert McGuire ... Himself
Ryan Mish ... Himself - Staff Sergeant
Austin Nichols ... Himself
Luis Pacheco ... Himself - Alpha Company Medic
Bryan Rowland ... Himself
Joseph Wood ... Himself
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In January, 2004, in Al-Falluja, Iraq, a documentary film crew follows an infantry squad of the 82nd Airborne, US Army. Cameras accompany the squad of seven on day and night patrols, as they watch their backs, kick down doors, search for weapons, interrogate women, detain a few people, and listen to the complaints of locals. At their barracks, a former Baathist retreat called Dreamland, the men talk: about why they enlisted, civilian prospects, feelings about the war and Iraqis, where they were when a comrade died a few weeks before. We see them wait for translators and try a few words of Arabic; we hear their frustrations. We watch them pressured to reenlist. Tensions mount in Falluja. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Featured in 2006 Independent Spirit Awards (2006) See more »

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Going To Carolina
Performed by 82nd Airborne Traveling Choir
Written by James V. Taylor
Used by permission of Blackwood Music, Inc
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18 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

Considering all its accolades on the documentary festival circuit, I had big hopes for Occupation: Dreamland, but ultimately it's not that much different from the embedded-era episodes of "Nightline" et al in the spring of 2003. Which is not at all to say it's unenjoyable -- the soldiers are endearing to a man, but so are most people once they're known on an intimate level. It's doubtful that Occupation: Dreamland will change many opinions toward the war itself, as the film is refreshingly even-handed, but the film certainly could help to correct one's misconception of soldiers in war-time. Ernie Pyle would probably approve.


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