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Sand Castle (2017)

TV-MA | | Drama , War | 21 April 2017 (USA)
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The story follows a young soldier, and his introduction into the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Based on true events, it bears witness to the destruction, and horrors of war.

Director:

Fernando Coimbra

Writer:

Chris Roessner
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Credited cast:
Henry Cavill ... Cpt. Syverson
Sam Spruell ... 1st Lt. Anthony
Logan Marshall-Green ... Sgt. Harper
Nicholas Hoult ... Pvt. Matt Ocre
Tommy Flanagan ... Sgm. MacGregor
Glen Powell ... Sgt. Chutsky
Gonzalo Menendez ... Haring
Neil Brown Jr. ... Cpl. Enzo
Navid Negahban ... Kadeer
Beau Knapp ... Sgt. Burton
Sammy Sheik ... Mahmoud
Parker Sawyers ... Sergeant Robinson
Nabil Elouahabi ... Arif
Sope Dirisu ... Sgt. Cole
Anthony Welsh ... Carter
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Storyline

A soldier enlists just before the 9/11. He is not a brave man--simply volunteering to defend freedom. Arriving in Iraq in 2003, just after the occupation of Bagdad, with a few soldiers of his infantry platoon, he is sent to provide water to a village whose infrastructure was destroyed. Simple things however, such as water transportation, water distribution and the reconstruction of the plumbing became a challenge in war environment.

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Drama | War

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USA

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English | German

Release Date:

21 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Castello di sabbia See more »

Filming Locations:

Jordan

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Luke Evans was originally cast but dropped out before filming began and was replaced by Logan Marshall-Green. See more »

Goofs

The turrets of the Humvees in Ocres unit include protections (armored shields, ballistic glass viewing ports) that were not in use at the time of the invasion of Iraq in 2003. In point of fact those came about as a result of the experiences of American troops both during and after the invasion. See more »

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Cpt. Syverson: Taught that guy Texas Hold 'em. Do not play him. Turns out he's a Goddamn prodigy.
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References The Cannonball Run (1981) See more »

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No One Knows
by Queens of the Stone Age
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Good drama with some technical flaws.
21 April 2017 | by danwright-66262See all my reviews

Sand Castle will likely resonate with general audiences. The acting in it is good for the most part, as Nick Hoult pulls of his part very well. His acting is pretty spot on and the story telling around his character is well done. Logan Marshal-Green did a superb job in his role as a get-it-done SSG who reminded me of a couple different platoon sergeants I'd worked with while in Baghdad. The story itself is fine, and even though the outcome was predictable, I didn't stop rooting for the guys to get it done. Where the movie fell short for me was in the details. Coimbra should have hired a decent military adviser to help him out. A good example is found within the first few seconds of the movie, as Hoult's character strolls to a great tune by Queens of the Stone Age through a staging area in Kuwait (camp New York?) he walks past some tanks that are being readied for combat. M60 tanks. I kid you not. As an M1A1 Tanker myself, I knew at this point there were going to be some obvious flaws-and there are quite a few others-but they didn't really detract from the story. I'd probably recommend this movie to others for the story alone. If you are former military, just know what you are in for.


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