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Generation Kill 

TV-MA | | Drama, War | TV Mini-Series (2008)
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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Top Rated TV #175 | Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 10 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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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 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 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 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 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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Drama | War

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USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Generation Kill See more »

Filming Locations:

Africa See more »

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The real Sgt. Mjr. John Sixta, known for his over the top enforcement of grooming standards, has been charged with child molestation in Yuma, AZ and Riverside, CA. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Brad 'Iceman' Colbert: You know, Poke, guys in black pyjamas did alreight in Vietnam, too. You gotta respect the pyjama.
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: 2012 Teen Tournament Final Game 2 (2012) See more »

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Pretty Good
23 July 2008 | by MDBumSee all my reviews

First off, viewers should realize that this series is about a marine recon team. This is not about the army, navy, air force, etc. Most armed forces members will tell you that the people in the Marines are a different breed from other members. They are often by nature, more aggressive, angry, patriotic, racist, need to prove something, excited to kill something, etc. If you get annoyed by that, then don't watch Generation Kill. Regardless, the series is good because, although the series isn't a deep philosophical "thin red line",(judging by the demeanor and mentality of a lot of the soldiers in the film it would seem a bit unrealistic), it is an honest portrayal of the mindset, expectations, and mentality of these specific groups of soldiers. Another strong point is the relatively lack of action. This is also an honest portrayal. Much of war is 95% of sitting around, doing random chores, getting bored out of your mind, mixed in with 5% of terror and serious fighting which can shake anyone's mental foundation and nerves. . I feel this series captured this rather well.

The only downside to the film was David simon's typecasting of the obnoxious character from season 2 of the wire (wire fans will know what im talking about). It was good once, but not twice. Additionally, Skarsgard acting is rather wooden and questionable, particularly his accent, which ranges from southern, to standard, to something I've never heard of. I've lived in Scandinavia for quit some time so i've come quite accustomed to hearing their English, which is mostly excellent, but there are still hints.

Agree with the war or not, this series shows the bravery, albeit at times maniacal nature of men, who go into action when called upon.


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