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The Mark of Cain (2007)

R | | Drama, War | 25 November 2008 (USA)
Uses detailed research and explosive new testimonies by soldiers who have served in Iraq to tell an emotional fictional story of two young men very much out of their depth.

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Marc Munden

Writer:

Tony Marchant
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gerard Kearns ... Mark 'Treacle' Tate
Matthew McNulty ... Shane Gulliver
Naomi Bentley ... Shelley
Elliot Cowan ... Captain Worriss
Brendan Coyle ... Davey Gulliver
Heather Craney ... Brenda Tate
Shaun Dingwall ... Major Godber
Shaun Dooley ... Corporal Gant
Leo Gregory ... Lance Corporal Quealey
Alistair Petrie ... Major Rod Gilchrist
Pip Torrens ... Colonel Hampton
Roger Barclay ... Adjutant
Matthew Gravelle ... Chaplain
Kevin Knapman Kevin Knapman ... Pvt Soldier 1
Simon Naylor ... Pvt Soldier 2
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GULLIVER and TATE - nickname 'Treacle' - are two ordinary 18 year-olds serving in the British Army in Iraq. Their platoon is struggling to maintain the uneasy peace of 2003. When their popular company captain, GODBER, is killed on patrol by a roadside bomb, morale in the platoon hits rock bottom. Acting on orders they round up several suspects from house-to-house searches. That night feelings at the camp are running high and as the chain of command is weakened and events spiral out of control. The lads end their tour of duty and return to England full of stories but also shaken by their experiences. Iraq comes back to haunt them when Gulliver's jilted girlfriend, Shelley, decides to get her own back on him by giving photos of the events in Iraq to the British police. The story hits the press, and Gulliver and Treacle, now the most reviled men in Britain, face court martial. The army claims the two are 'rotten apples' acting alone. Guilt-ridden and abandoned, the pressure is too much ... Written by Red Production Company

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Rated R for violent and disturbing content including torture, pervasive language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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When Gulliver and Tate are outside, before they go to beat the prisoners, the scene changes from morning to the middle of the night, after watching the other soldiers walk towards the cells and cut back to them talking. See more »

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Vivid, distateful and unsettling, but representative?
16 December 2007 | by rcadeanSee all my reviews

This isn't a war film per se, but rather a film about the conflict between loyalty and morality. The question is where do you draw the line between loyalty to the regiment and the morality of your actions? This film is powerful stuff but I can't help but feel that this film is somehow unrepresentative of the British Army in Iraq. I have to say that it has left a rather foul taste in my mouth, but this may well be down to my refusal to think about the examples of brutality in custody that have taken place rather than the film's depiction of those crimes. So in regards to the effectiveness of the film at portraying its subject the film is most effective. The acting is strong throughout as is the cinematography and the sparse soundtrack. I won't watch it again as I have nothing further to gain from it. I think, in retrospect that it is still too recent an event to gain any further wisdom from. Although it is not 'based on true events' there have been instances of abuse that have culminated in criminal cases. But would we gain anything from watching a feature film about the abuses at Abu Grahib only three years after the events?


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