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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 »

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Castello di sabbia See more »

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Neal Brown (Cpl. Enzo) also plays a military member in the CBS show "Seal Team". See more »


The beard of Captain Syverson (Henry Cavill) should have been shaved off and his hair cut. While Special Forces personnel are given special dispensation while in the field or on special assignment (they are either too far from base for anyone to care or required to fit in with the locals), that does not apply when they are assigned to a regular unit. As Captain Syverson was in charge of what amounted to a repair crew, his hair should have followed standard military protocols. See more »


[repeated line]
Sgt. Harper: Roger that.
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References Hooper (1978) See more »


No One Knows
by Queens of the Stone Age
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A simple but effective plot
23 August 2017 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film tells the story of a young soldier in Kuwait, who is reluctantly being sent to Iraq to help fix the water supply system in a village. However, their help is not welcomed by the village, and they are mey with multiple hostile attacks.

"Sand Castle" has a simple but effective plot, where the soldiers have to do everything in their power to fix the water supply that got broken in the war. A seemingly simple task becomes very complicated when the locals are actively resisting and even sabotaging the operation. It can be plainly seen that, what seems to be a good will mission from one side is interpreted as an unwelcomed act by the other side. I think this unwelcomed good will mission can be extrapolated to the whole war, and this particular mission is a microcosm of the whole Iraq war. It leaves soldiers wounded physically and psychologically, especially when soldiers think they are doing good.

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