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Shadow Company (2006)

Not Rated | | Documentary | March 2006 (USA)
A groundbreaking investigation into the secretive world of private security forces in Iraq.


Nick Bicanic (interview material), Jason Bourque
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Bell Alan Bell ... Self - President, Globe Risk
Phil Lancaster Phil Lancaster ... Self - Major [Ret.], Canadian Army
Madelaine Drohan Madelaine Drohan ... Self - Author + Journalist
Robert Young Pelton Robert Young Pelton ... Self - Author + Adventurer
Peter Singer Peter Singer ... Self - Political Analyst
Doug Brooks Doug Brooks ... Self - Government Lobbyist For Security Companies
Stephen J. Cannell ... Self - Producer
Cobus Claassens Cobus Claassens ... Self - Security Contractor
Slavko Ilic Slavko Ilic ... Self - Security Contractor
Neall Ellis Neall Ellis ... Self - Private Military Contractor
Frances Stonor Saunders Frances Stonor Saunders ... Self - Author + Historian
John F. Mullins John F. Mullins ... Self - Soldier of Fortune
Eike Kluge Eike Kluge ... Self - Professor of Ethics
Tasha Bradsell Tasha Bradsell ... Self - Journalist
James Ashcroft James Ashcroft ... Self - Interviewee


Thousands of private soldiers operate in Iraq alone... and many more around the world. These individuals, known as private security contractors, are changing the face of modern warfare everyday while their world has remained mystery to those at home. Shadow Company is the groundbreaking investigative feature-length documentary that seeks out and reveals the origins and destinations of these modern-day mercenaries. Who are these security contractors ? What do they do ? Why do they do it ? THE RULES OF WAR HAVE CHANGED. Purpose Films proudly brings you an immersive and visionary look at the private individuals who have changed them in a way that defies typical documentary style. Written by Wolski, Dominika

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The Rules of War have changed.




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There is footage of a cargo plane landing on a road at 11:33 that has been lifted directly from the Nicolas Cage movie 'Lord of War'. See more »


Interviewer: Did you ever consider flying helicopter as a civilian? As an alternative career?
Neall Elliss - Interviewee: No.
Interviewer: No?
Neall Elliss - Interviewee: No. There's not enough excitement.
Neall Elliss - Interviewee: You know it's all a game. War is a game... It's the ultimate game. There's nothing to touch it.
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Excellent all round
29 October 2006 | by dustyinasiaSee all my reviews

I saw the trailer for this film and having worked in Iraq was intrigued by it and never heard another peep about the film. I did a trawl recently looking for it after a conversation in which I remembered it (thank goodness for youtube as had forgotten name) and then went to the website and bought it.

There is much said about the security world and this really is an incredibly well balanced documentary. It shows the good and the bad, the professionals and the idiots. Mostly it is an incredibly well made film, everything is explained well, the editing is slick, the interviewees are varied and incredibly knowledgeable.

If you want to begin to understand the private security world this is a must see, it is also a must see if you want to try and understand Iraq and its reconstruction.

Well done on such a good production.

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