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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alden Ehrenreich ... Brandon Bartle
Daniel Jose Molina Daniel Jose Molina ... Manolo Vasquez
Mikey Collins ... Virgil Whitaker
Tye Sheridan ... Daniel Murphy
Carrie Wampler ... Jenny Smith
Carter Redwood ... Lenny Crockett
Jack Huston ... Sergeant Sterling
Olivia Crocicchia ... Tess
Toni Collette ... Amy Bartle
Gershwyn Eustache Jnr ... Lt. Seth Barlow
Lee Tergesen ... Jim Murphy
Ray Fearon ... Colonel
Tom Bates Tom Bates ... Embedded Journalist
Jennifer Aniston ... Maureen Murphy
Renée Willett ... Claire
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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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Based on the best-selling novel. See more »

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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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Benedict Cumberbatch and Will Poulter were originally cast but they dropped out after the project was delayed and were replaced by Jack Huston and Alden Ehrenreich. 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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Take Full Metal Jacket, The Hurt Locker, a Six-Pack of Beer and some Hot Moms-Put It In A Blender and Run It On High
20 June 2018 | by PurpleCrayon2014See all my reviews

Take Full Metal Jacket, The Hurt Locker, a Six-Pack of Beer and some Hot Moms-Put It In A Blender and Run It On High

Although the concept of the main story might be original, it is lost within the inspirations of other films portrayed here.

The casting of Jennifer Aniston, Jason Patric, Toni Collette and Lee Tergesen is a complete waste of their talents as The Yellow Birds does not carry enough impact to warrant their inclusion. The film spends the majority of it's focus dealing with the effect upon the character Brandon Bartle, leaving all other characters insignificant to the main story.

The Yellow Birds strikes me as one of those 'first time' films, which is close as this is the second full length film directed by Alexandre Moors. What I see as another issue that convoluted the story is The Yellow Birds was burdened by thirty-five producers -that's 35 for you numbers folk.

Skip this film or save it for after you've binged everything else on Netflix.


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