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Semper Fi: One Marine's Journey (2007)

A Gay Marine's crisis of conscience while serving in Iraq.

Director:

Vince DiPersio

Writer:

Jeff Key
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Cast

Credited cast:
Paul Jacek Paul Jacek ... Himself
Jeff Key Jeff Key ... Himself
Scotch Ellis Loring ... Himself
Doug Spearman ... Himself
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Storyline

A gay Marine ignores the pleas of his West Hollywood friends and ships with his unit to Iraq because he believes in answering his country's call. What he finds there breaks his heart and upon returning home he begins touring the country with a one man show against the war. Written by Anonymous

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gay | marine | iraq | friend | one man show | See All (32) »

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One Marine's Journey

Genres:

Documentary

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 2007 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Birmingham, Alabama, USA See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Working Dog Pictures See more »
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Color:

Color | Color (NTSC Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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an outstanding view of service life
25 June 2007 | by PhantomDadooSee all my reviews

As a retired Marine, I watched this film with a jaundiced eye, expecting some kind of whiny apologetic for gays being allowed to serve in the military. I figured it would be a kind of "Michael Moore-ish" blasting of the Marines. But what I saw was a real guy with a desire to serve his country who had the opportunity to serve in a war zone and try his part to do what America was told we were sent to Iraq to do: to bring democracy and freedom to the people there even though he had doubts about the war as a reaction to the 9/11 attack. I listened and watched Jeff Key deal with Iraqis, his fellow Marines and his sexuality in a mature, intelligent way. In the end, he felt compelled to admit his homosexuality and leave the Corps, but nothing I saw in the movie made he think he had done anything but serve his country and the Corps with honor. With interviews of family, friends from his gay life and from the Marines, films of his service in Iraq, and scenes from Key's one man show about his service, this movie ends up presenting, in a non-argumentative way, a persuasive argument for allowing gays to serve openly in the service.


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