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Thank You for Your Service (2017)

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A group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they've left the battlefield.

Director:

Jason Hall

Writers:

David Finkel (Thank You for Your Service by), Jason Hall
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miles Teller ... Adam Schumann
Beulah Koale ... Tausolo Aieti
Joe Cole ... Billy Waller
Scott Haze ... Michael Emory
Haley Bennett ... Saskia Schumann
Amy Schumer ... Amanda Doster
Omar J. Dorsey ... Dante
Keisha Castle-Hughes ... Alea Aieti
Brad Beyer ... Sergeant James Doster
Kerry Cahill ... Anna Waller
Stella Pileggi Stella Pileggi ... Zoe Schumann (as Stella La'ren Pileggi)
David Morse ... Fred Gusman
Adam Schumann Adam Schumann ... Staff Sgt. on Tarmac
Tony Winters ... Taxi Driver
Han Soto ... Doctor
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DreamWorks Pictures' Thank You for Your Service follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they've left the battlefield. Starring an ensemble cast led by Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Joe Cole, Amy Schumer, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Brad Beyer, Omar J. Dorsey and Jayson Warner Smith, the drama is based on the bestselling book by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author David Finkel. Jason Hall, who wrote the screenplay of American Sniper, makes his directorial debut with Thank You for Your Service and also serves as its screenwriter. Jon Kilik (The Hunger Games series, Babel) produces the film, while Ann Ruark (Biutiful) and Jane Evans (Sin City) executive produces.

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Genres:

Biography | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violent content, language throughout, some sexuality, drug material and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | India

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Thank You for Your Service See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,817,700, 29 October 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$9,467,000, 22 November 2017
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film has been mentioned as possibly another Steven Spielberg & Daniel Day-Lewis collaboration which would be their second film together as director & actor respectively with their other affiliated film being Lincoln (2012). See more »

Goofs

When Sergeant Emery is driving his car with Staff Sergeant Schumann riding in the passenger seat, notice that the outside shots show a silver Dodge Challenger (2-door) but inside shots show what appears to be a Dodge Charger (4-door). In any case, it's clear that there are back doors to the car with their own full windows which is inconsistent with the exterior appearance of the car. See more »

Quotes

Saskia Schumann: He wants to kill himself, and you want him to work at a gun range?
Adam Schumann: It's a tank range. You think I could kill myself with a tank?
Saskia Schumann: Maybe.
Adam Schumann: It would take some serious planning.
Saskia Schumann: Well, you're pretty fucking resourceful.
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Soundtracks

Freedom Cadence
Arranged, Adapted and Performed by Bruce Springsteen
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
Published by Bruce Springsteen (Global Music Rights)
Produced by Ron Aniello and Bruce Springsteen
Production Coordinator: Toby Scott
Recorded at Stone Hill Studio, NJ
Engineered by Robert Lebret, Ron Aniello
Mixed at Mix This! LA, CA
Mixed by Bob Clearmountain assisted by Sergio Ruelas Jr.
Bruce Springsteen: Lead Vocal, Harmonium, Banjo, Electric Keyboards, Piano, Junk Stick
Ron Aniello: Drum Loops, Electric Keyboards
Background vocals: Bruce Springsteen, Ron Aniello, Jon Kilik, Adam Schumann
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Display of Courage After the Battles
29 October 2017 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

Thank You For Your Service is one of those perfectly formidable films about PTSD, but it's also nothing I haven't seen in other films. So while it's undeniably well-made and well-acted, it's tough overly praise something that I have ultimately seen before.

The film follows 3 soldiers, just returning home from Iraq, as they struggle emotionally to re-introduce themselves to the family they haven't seen in months, or even years. Starring Miles Teller, Joe Cole, and Beulah Koale as close friends/soldiers who are looking for a way to cope with PTSD as the events in Irag haunt them through their day-to-day life. Much like most war films, there are some haunting images and scenes that are shown throughout 'Thank You For Your Service', and actually the film plays better as a heads-up to be aware of the troubles that Veterans go through after war. So I guess in that way, this story may have been better served as a documentary feature.

In narrative form, there are some great performances and visually stunning scenes, however it's mostly a slow building and grueling experience emotionally and physically for these characters. Speaking of performances, there is one particular actress who just feels completely out of place in this film. It's not necessarily fair for me to call her out of place, because she actually gives a fine performance, but I'm just not used to her playing someone who should be taken seriously. That actress is Amy Schumer. Again, it's not a bad performance but I just found myself wondering how those scenes would have played out with a different actress.

Thank You For Your Service is a good example of a film which I'm glad was made, but it's not an absolutely necessary film to watch. It's a nice reminder though to think about all of the Veterans of war who are constantly looking for help post-war time. In that regard, it's a well-strung together film.

7.0/10


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