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The Yellow Birds (2017)

R | | Drama, War | 15 June 2018 (USA)
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Two young soldiers, Bartle (21) and Murph (18) navigate the terrors of the Iraq war under the command of the older, troubled Sergeant Sterling. All the while, Bartle is tortured by a promise he made to Murph's mother before their deployment.

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Alexandre Moors

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David Lowery (screenplay by), R.F.I. Porto (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tye Sheridan ... Daniel Murphy
Jennifer Aniston ... Maureen Murphy
Toni Collette ... Amy Bartle
Jack Huston ... Sergeant Sterling
Alden Ehrenreich ... Brandon Bartle
Jason Patric ... Captain Anderson
Lee Tergesen ... Jim Murphy
Olivia Crocicchia ... Tess
Rhoda Griffis ... Sheryl
Aylin Tezel ... Claudia
Renée Willett ... Claire
Carrie Wampler ... Jenny Smith
Carter Redwood ... Lenny Crockett
Nikolai Kinski ... Priest
Wilbur Fitzgerald ... Congressman Freeman
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"Yellow Birds" follows John Bartle and the difficulties he faces in keeping his humanity, his urge to survive and his friend Murph alive during the war in Iraq, as well as his life and struggles with his memories of the war after he comes back to Virginia. Written by Romain

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There are moments that test us and choices that define us.

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Drama | War

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Rated R for war violence, some grisly images, sexual material, and language throughout | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pássaros Amarelos See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Will Poulter was originally casted as Brandon Bartle, but dropped out to star in the Comedy 'War Machine' alongside Brad Pitt. See more »

Goofs

Bartle and Murphy address non-commissioned officers as "sir" numerous times throughout the film. NCOs are referred to by their rank (sergeant, staff sergeant) in the US Army, Only commissioned officers are referred to or addressed as "sir" (warrant officers can be addressed as"Mr (their last name)" or as "sir" . This is a serious error in protocol and would have been correct by the NCO being addressed immediately. See more »

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I the effort to go in a different direction, but it didn't result in a good war film
17 August 2018 | by saginawslimSee all my reviews

I do like a war film that tries to take the viewer somewhere different, beyond the obvious that you'd expect from a war film, like Terrence Malick's brilliant "The This red Line." In fact, when this film started, it reminded me of that film.

As other reviewers have mentioned, the film makers did not appear to know anything about the military. I'm a former marine myself. And why were they trying to make the middle east (Iraq presumably) look like a Vietnamese jungle?

The overall quality was pretty good as was the acting. But the thick emotions that come out of the characters, especially later in the film, are not earned through character development and engagement.

The film is a bit of a mess. I can't recommend it.


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