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American Sniper (2014)

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Navy S.E.A.L. sniper Chris Kyle's pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can't leave behind.

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Clint Eastwood

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Jason Hall, Chris Kyle (book) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bradley Cooper ... Chris Kyle
Kyle Gallner ... Goat-Winston
Cole Konis ... Young Chris Kyle
Ben Reed ... Wayne Kyle
Elise Robertson ... Deby Kyle
Luke Sunshine ... Young Jeff Kyle
Troy Vincent ... Pastor
Brandon Salgado Telis Brandon Salgado Telis ... Bully (as Brandon Salgado-Telis)
Keir O'Donnell ... Jeff Kyle
Marnette Patterson ... Sarah
Jason Hall ... Cowboy
Billy Miller ... Navy Recruiter
Leonard Roberts ... Instructor Rolle
Jason Walsh Jason Walsh ... Instructor #2
Reynaldo Gallegos ... Tony (as Rey Gallegos)
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Storyline

Chris Kyle was nothing more than a Texan man who dreamed of becoming a cowboy, but in his thirties he found out that maybe his life needed something different, something where he could express his real talent, something that could help America in its fight against terrorism. So he joined the SEALs in order to become a sniper. After marrying, Kyle and the other members of the team are called for their first tour of Iraq. Kyle's struggle isn't with his missions, but about his relationship with the reality of the war and, once returned at home, how he manages to handle it with his urban life, his wife and kids. Written by Evandro Martirano

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Taglines:

The most lethal sniper in U.S. history See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong and disturbing war violence, and language throughout including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

16 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Francotirador See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$58,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$676,909, 2 January 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$350,126,372

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$547,326,372
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

With the exception of two weeks filming in Morocco for exterior Iraq scenes, the movie was filmed entirely in California. See more »

Goofs

When Kyle dials his scope up to make his final shot, the cross hairs move up. In reality using the nightforce scope, the crosshairs should have moved down making Kyle reposition the rifle to align the bore and the crosshairs for the longer shot distance. IE crosshairs move down, you must re-aim to hit your target. In reality, the shooter cannot see any movement of the crosshairs as the view is fixed. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Chris Kyle: It's a fuckin' hot-box.
soldier: The fuckin' dirt here tastes like dog shit.
Chris Kyle: Ah, well you'd know, wouldn't you?
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Crazy Credits

Footage of the real Chris Kyle's memorial service is featured during the first half of the end credits, while the instrumental "The Funeral" by Ennio Morricone plays on the soundtrack. Following the music and the footage, the rest of the end credits play in complete silence. See more »

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References Bambi (1942) See more »

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The Funeral
Written and performed by Ennio Morricone
Courtesy of Universal Music Ricordi srl.
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Intense, Emotional, Controversial and yet Engaging
1 February 2015 | by nick-sultanaSee all my reviews

When it comes to true story films, there are times where film-makers try to add more or less into what really happened in the event being told. In this case, Clint Eastwood's American Sniper has already contracted not only positive acclaim but a stir of negativity and controversy that surrounds the way Kyle was really like in life. Some say he had lost his mind in the war for peace while others say he was caught up in the emotional aftermath after service but Eastwood has stated that his film is "the biggest anti-war statement any film can make," and said that "the fact of what war does to the family and the people who have to go back into civilian life like Chris Kyle did"

What AS tells is the true life figure Chris Kyle who served as the American military's 'lethal sniper' who has made more kills in his duty of tours during the Iraq war period after 9/11. It chronicles how Chris became a true American to protect his homeland and the aftermath of serving his tours when he came home to his small growing family, leading up to the final hours of his life.

Pros:

+ Bradley Cooper's portrayal of Chris Kyle is indeed a new height for his career, he gives a performance that can be described as gripping, tense and at times

+ The action sequences are all done well, but at times it can be tense, violent and confronting for some.

+ The emotional connection between the main character and his family, that the final scene that will either break you or make you undecided.

Cons:

  • The controversy that surrounds it, it can make the film an exaggerated lie or truth to what Kyle was like in reality but again it is showing what war can do on people on the front-line and home.


OVERALL: Despite the controversy it has gained by writers , the film is indeed a strong acting showcase for Cooper while leaving audiences both open and more aware of the effects of war on human kind. Go in with an open mind and see for yourself for what you would think that made Chris Kyle a 'lethal sniper' for this country. If you had liked The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty and Machine Gun Preacher (not a war film but somewhat similar to Kyle's story) you will enjoy this.


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