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Generation Kill 

A Rolling Stone reporter, embedded with The 1st Recon Marines chronicles his experiences during the first wave of the American-led assault on Baghdad in 2003.
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Series cast summary:
Alexander Skarsgård ...  Sgt. Brad 'Iceman' Colbert 7 episodes, 2008
James Ransone ...  Cpl. Josh Ray Person 7 episodes, 2008
Lee Tergesen ...  Evan 'Scribe' Wright 7 episodes, 2008
Jon Huertas ...  Sgt. Antonio Espera 7 episodes, 2008
Stark Sands ...  Lt. Nathaniel Fick 7 episodes, 2008
Billy Lush ...  Lance Cpl. Harold James Trombley 7 episodes, 2008
Jonah Lotan ...  Navy Hm2 Robert Timothy 'Doc' Bryan 7 episodes, 2008
Wilson Bethel ...  Cpl. Evan 'Q-Tip' Stafford 7 episodes, 2008
Pawel Szajda ...  Cpl. Walt Hasser 7 episodes, 2008
Marc Menchaca ...  Gunnery Sgt. Mike 'Gunny' Wynn 7 episodes, 2008
Rey Valentin ...  Cpl. Gabe Garza 7 episodes, 2008
Kellan Lutz ...  Cpl. Jason Lilley 7 episodes, 2008
Mike Figueroa ...  Sgt. Leandro 'Shady B' Baptista 7 episodes, 2008
Rudy Reyes ...  Sgt. Rodolfo 'Rudy' Reyes 7 episodes, 2008
Rich McDonald ...  Cpl. Anthony 'Manimal' Jacks 7 episodes, 2008
Eric Ladin ...  Cpl. James Chaffin 7 episodes, 2008
Chance Kelly ...  Lt. Col. Stephen 'Godfather' Ferrando 7 episodes, 2008
Eric Nenninger ...  Cpt. Dave 'Captain America' McGraw 7 episodes, 2008
Brian Patrick Wade ...  Cpt. Craig 'Encino Man' Schwetje 7 episodes, 2008
Neal Jones ...  Sgt. Maj. John Sixta 7 episodes, 2008
Michael Kelly ...  Cpt. Bryan Patterson 7 episodes, 2008
David Barrera ...  Gunnery Sgt. Ray 'Casey Kasem' Griego 7 episodes, 2008
Benjamin Busch ...  Maj. Todd Eckloff 7 episodes, 2008
Owain Yeoman ...  Sgt. Eric Kocher 7 episodes, 2008
J. Salome Martinez ...  Cpl. Jeffrey 'Dirty Earl' Carisalez 7 episodes, 2008
Nabil Elouahabi ...  Meesh 7 episodes, 2008
Langley Kirkwood ...  Sgt. Steven Lovell 7 episodes, 2008
Stefan Otto Stefan Otto ...  Cpl. Nathan Christopher 7 episodes, 2008
Sal Alvarez ...  Cpl. Hector Leon 7 episodes, 2008
Daniel Fox ...  Pfc. John Christeson 7 episodes, 2008
Bjorn Steinbach ...  Cpl. Michael Stinetorf 7 episodes, 2008
Sydney Hall Sydney Hall ...  Cpl. Teren 'T' Holsey 7 episodes, 2008
Justin Shaw Justin Shaw ...  Sgt. Michael 'Budweiser' Brunmeier 7 episodes, 2008
Sean Brosnan ...  Cpl. Daniel Redman 7 episodes, 2008
Theo Landey ...  Sgt. Damon Fawcett 7 episodes, 2008
Kyle Siebert Kyle Siebert ...  Cpl. John Burris 7 episodes, 2008
Jeffrey John Carisalez Jeffrey John Carisalez ...  Cpl. Smith 7 episodes, 2008
Darron Meyer ...  Cpl. Cody Scott 7 episodes, 2008
Eric Kocher Eric Kocher ...  Gunnery Sgt. Rich Barrett 7 episodes, 2008
Denton Douglas Denton Douglas ...  Cpl. Trevor Darnold 6 episodes, 2008
Josh Barrett Josh Barrett ...  Sgt. Larry Shawn 'Pappy' Patrick 5 episodes, 2008
Robert John Burke ...  Maj. Gen. James 'Chaos' Mattis 3 episodes, 2008
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Following multiple recon marines during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, a group of mixed personalities, you see the dysfunctionality of the military, and on other times, how formalized and heroic it can be. A Rolling Stones reporter joins reconnaissance marines invading Iraq and recounts the mix of horrors and hilarity he encounters during his time there. Written by Ernie Mastroianni

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USA | UK

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English

Release Date:

13 July 2008 (USA) See more »

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Africa See more »

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At the very beginning of the fourth episode, as the camera pans under the truck, a voice off-screen is heard saying, "Hey white boy. What chu waitin for? That hole ain't gonna dig itself. Go on and get your dick skin on that thing boy and dig, dig" This is a line from spoken by Junior in Platoon. See more »

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Cpt. Craig 'Encino Man' Schwetje: Doc?
Navy Hm2 Robert Timothy 'Doc' Bryan: I'm all squared away, sir.
Cpt. Craig 'Encino Man' Schwetje: Doc, I know the guys look up to you. I'd like to hear what you have to say.
Navy Hm2 Robert Timothy 'Doc' Bryan: You're asking me to be frank, sir?
Cpt. Craig 'Encino Man' Schwetje: Yes.
Navy Hm2 Robert Timothy 'Doc' Bryan: You're incompetent, sir.
Cpt. Craig 'Encino Man' Schwetje: ...I'm doing my best.
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Captures The Full Chaos and Absurdity of War
11 July 2016 | by bayardhilerSee all my reviews

I had heard of "Generation Kill" when it premiered in 2008, but was unable to view since I do not have HBO. So I forgot about it for a while until some time ago I was looking around at the local library when I just happened to sight this little, television masterpiece, and decided, especially in light of what the result of our adventure in Iraq has been in the last few years, to give it a chance. And though I can't say "Generation Kill" was necessarily my favorite viewing experience, I'm glad I did. Based off of the memoirs of a Rolling Stone reporter embedded with the 1st Marine Recon Unit during the first days of the US invasion of Iraq, it begins on the eve of that faithful event by introducing the viewer to the men of 1st Marine Recon (many of whom are based off of real life Marines), their code, standards, and every day experience. When they learn that the invasion is going ahead, they also learn that a reporter from Rolling Stone will be coming with them. Initially reluctant to having a greenhorn tag along with them, they warm up to the young writer when they learn he used to write for Penthouse, a magazine many of these young, red blooded males are familiar with! Through the production, we see the course of events through the eyes of the Marines and their "hang around" in a the most unsugar coated method possible, and we come away with no illusions about what war is really like.

What makes "Generation Kill" so different from other war productions is the fact that it strips away the unnecessary fluff and puff and presents the story in an almost character ensemble/documentary style. In "Generation Kill" there is no music score or opening theme, only the crackle and chatter of voices over the radio greets us at the beginning and end credits of each episode, multiple units and men sounding off into the dead of night, which truth be told, is far more effective than any music theme could be (That being said, the final scenes of the last episode feature a most appropriate use of Johnny Cash's "The Man Comes Around", the only recorded song used in the entire series). There is also not much in the way of heroics or glory for the simple reason that in war, there is none to be found. There are no eagles soaring, or glory sounding tunes, or any other BS like that; only following the orders of your superiors (Even if they're complete fools or incompetent), hurrying up and waiting, and of course, death and destruction.

And that last part is especially evident in "Generation", as the series pulls no punches in regards to the civilian "collateral damage" that occurred in Iraq during our invasion, and thus shows the cost civilians pay when armies, even with the best of intentions, come charging into their environment in a combat role (To those who think US troops patrolling troubled neighborhoods would be a good idea, I challenge them to watch this and then try to argue for that idea!). All of this is effectively shown through the tremendous efforts of the directors, producers, show runners, writers, and actors such as Jon Huertas, Alexander Skarsgard, Lee Tergesen, Stark Sands, Neal Jones, Michael Kelly, Chance Kelly, former real life 1st Marine Rudy Reyes, James Ransone, and many, many more who I don't have the space for. To round it up, "Generation Kill" is a mini-series that leaves nothing to the imagination when it comes to the chaos and absurd nature of conflict, be it Iraq or anywhere else. As one former Marine commented here, this is the closet thing to war short of going there and actually filming it. For a former service member to say that, you know they did something right here. If you want to see what the reality of conflict without actually being there, then check out "Generation Kill". Stay frosty.


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