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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 ... Himself - President, Globe Risk
Phil Lancaster Phil Lancaster ... Himself - Major [Ret.], Canadian Army
Madelaine Drohan Madelaine Drohan ... Herself - Author + Journalist
Robert Young Pelton Robert Young Pelton ... Himself - Author + Adventurer
Peter Singer Peter Singer ... Himself - Political Analyst
Doug Brooks Doug Brooks ... Himself - Government Lobbyist For Security Companies
Stephen J. Cannell ... Himself - Producer
Cobus Claassens Cobus Claassens ... Himself - Security Contractor
Slavko Ilic Slavko Ilic ... Himself - Security Contractor
Neall Ellis Neall Ellis ... Himself - Private Military Contractor
Frances Stonor Saunders Frances Stonor Saunders ... Herself - Author + Historian
John F. Mullins John F. Mullins ... Himself - Soldier of Fortune
Eike Kluge Eike Kluge ... Himself - Professor of Ethics
Tasha Bradsell Tasha Bradsell ... Herself - Journalist
James Ashcroft James Ashcroft ... Himself - 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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March 2006 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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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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A great documentary that is must viewing for both sides.
5 December 2006 | by patrique-1See all my reviews

I saw this documentary thinking that it would be biased one way or the other. I was pleasantly surprised to see it be neither a Michael Moore hack job or a Fox News fluff piece.

For the most part it lets present and former mercenaries talk for themselves. The "experts" that are interviewed are not trying to comment on the subject but rather to explain it. Very refreshing indeed. In todays world of highly polarized politics it was great to see a film on this subject, which is for the most part about Iraq, be so even handed.

The extras on the DVD are also well worth a look through. It's well worth the purchase.

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