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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 with his family after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can't leave behind.

Director:

Clint Eastwood

Writers:

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 Cole Konis ... Young Chris Kyle
Ben Reed ... Wayne Kyle
Elise Robertson ... Deby Kyle
Luke Sunshine ... Young Jeff Kyle
Troy Vincent ... Pastor
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 (Bradley Cooper) was nothing more than a Texas man who dreamt 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 S.E.A.L.s in order to become a sniper. After marrying Taya (Sienna Miller), 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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150 kills made history See more »

Genres:

Action | Biography | Drama | War

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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Trivia

One of the soldiers refers to the enemy sniper as "a real Keyser Soze." This is a reference to The Usual Suspects (1995), in which an untraceable, untouchable and extremely powerful villain by the name Keyser Soze turns out to be nothing more than a fictional boogey man whose name is used to intimidate others. As is suggested by the commander at one point, the man identified as Mustafa might be several people sharing a fictional identity. See more »

Goofs

During the Iraqi war but after 2003, the US Army used the Bradley Fighting Vehicle (BFV) instead of the M113 armored personnel carrier that was shown in fight that took place in Al-Sadr city. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Faithful Word Baptist Church: 2 Samuel 3 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

The Funeral
Written and performed by Ennio Morricone
Courtesy of Universal Music Ricordi srl.
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Interesting story with good acting
15 September 2015 | by jb_campoSee all my reviews

I liked American Sniper because of the story and strong acting. Chris Kyle (played by Bradley Cooper) was raised in Texas and taught to stand up for himself by his Dad, who also taught him to shoot. He was living an underachieving life it seemed when events caused him to enlist as a Navy Seal at the age of 30. When he makes it, he gets drafted into the Sniper team, and begins four tours of duty in Iraq I guess it is. The story reports he became the highest performing sniper ever with 160 kills. Chris Kyle is real, and this movie was based on his book.

Clint Eastwood directed this story. He certainly added some Hollywood material, like this cat and mouse game between Kyle and an Iraqi sniper Mustafa that plays out continually. Since we have no idea what Mustafa was really like, this whole section was created.

Sienna Miller plays Kyle's wife and does a surprisingly good job of holding her own, delivering some gut-wrenching pleas for her man to return home.

The best part of this film is the acting from Bradley Cooper. Kyle did four tours of duty, over 1000 days of combat, and he never seemed to fully shake what this required him to do - be always vigilant and alert. He obviously suffered medically from stress and other PTSD symptoms. this part of his life was brilliantly scripted by Eastwood and performed by Cooper.

The story itself however holds no major surprises since it's based on a book, and a lot of newspaper material that you certainly heard and read. So the ending is not a shocker, but still sad, and Eastwood, as often directors do, weaves in real-life footage to bring home the point.

Whether all that is shown is true, that's up to you to judge. But I encourage you to watch American Sniper because the story is well written, but mostly the acting was excellent. Enjoy.


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Country:

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Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

16 January 2015 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$58,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$633,456, 28 December 2014

Gross USA:

$350,126,372

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$547,426,372
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