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This is War-Memories of Iraq (2007)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 6 June 2007 (USA)
The Story of the Oregon National Guard's deployment to Iraq in 2004/2005.


Gary Mortensen


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Credited cast:
Rebekka Mae Bruns Rebekka Mae Bruns ... Herself
Ryan Howell Ryan Howell ... Himself
Vince Jacques Vince Jacques ... Himself
Kris Petersen Kris Petersen ... Himself
Jeromy Turner Jeromy Turner ... Himself
Ryan Tuttle Ryan Tuttle ... Himself
Luke Wilson Luke Wilson ... Himself


The story of what it means to be in combat in Iraq through the eyes of the soldiers who were there. This documentary follows nine National Guard soldiers from Oregon who ended up in some of the heaviest fighting of the war. Most of the photographs and footage were taken from the cameras of the soldiers themselves giving the viewer rare access to the front lines in places such as Fallujah, Najaf and the desolate IED infested roads outside of Baghdad. Joking while a sniper shoots at them or griping about "higher command's" decision- making processes, these soldiers come across as distinctly American. Of the nine soldiers covered in the documentary, two are severely injured in combat and several more are wounded in action. Through it all they retain their bond to each other. Powerful and hard hitting, this film puts the war into a context that watching the evening news simply can't do. It's honest, brutal, funny and always engaging. This is War. Written by Gary Mortensen

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6 June 2007 (USA) See more »


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$150,000 (estimated)
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The 2/162 Oregon National Guard battalion earned a reputation as one of the best units to serve in Iraq. Frequently called upon by Marine and Army units, they were active in some of the most violent battles fought during 2004 and 2005. See more »

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Thru the eyes of one Marine
24 November 2010 | by fugitive0006See all my reviews

Some of the footage was to close to truly see everything but I belief the message wasn't missed. I think maybe more close-ups of died bodies of both woman along with children would also help in painting the picture of what the armed forces are encountering. I can only imagine what footage was left on the floor just to allow everyone to be able to see a small portion of what they dealt with. How can one expect to see and experience what has happened and continues to happen in war and expect that person(s) to return home with the same mental thought process? Overall, America went to war over some b.s. and to seek revenge for Bush Sr...nothing more. No weapons were nor will ever be found because it never exist...thanks George for wasting America's money, time and lives.

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