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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.


Fernando Coimbra


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


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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Home is a war away


Drama | War


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English | German

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21 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Castello di sabbia See more »

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According to writer and war veteran Chris Roessner, he was inspired to write the screenplay for this film when he watched Oliver Stone's Platoon (1986) while in Iraq. Interestingly, the cast of this film includes Parker Sawyers, who had previously worked with Stone on Snowden (2016). See more »


An MRAP (possibly a Buffalo or Cougar) appears in the motor pool during the first scene which is set in 2003, MRAPs were not in common use until around 2007 onward by the US military. See more »


Pvt. Matt Ocre: I'd love to say, 'I'm here to fight for freedom.' But honestly, I don't belong here.
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Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 20 April 2017 (2017) See more »


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Well worth watching
29 April 2017 | by morgan-659-312842See all my reviews

I don't know what the budget for this film was but I doubt that it was huge. Even so this is an excellent film about men and war and the aftermath of their actions. Although there is a some conventional war film action this is generally a well-paced, slow moving film which might not appeal to viewers hoping for non-stop action.The characters are well drawn and the acting is first rate. Hoult, in particular, is excellent but Cavill, as well, is fine. There is a little of the usual American gung-ho moments but these are timed and acted well so they help to define the characters rather than simplify them. It's not a preachy film about rights and wrongs and the Iraqis are, the limited fight scenes aside, portrayed as people under duress attempting to continue their lives as best they can. Overall a very good, thoughtful film.

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