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War Machine (2017)

TV-MA | | Comedy, Drama, War | 26 May 2017 (USA)
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An idiosyncratic General confronts opposition from enemies, allies, and bureaucrats while leading a massive rebuilding operation in Afghanistan.


David Michôd


Michael Hastings (book), David Michôd (screenplay)
1,697 ( 430)
3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Pitt ... Glen McMahon
Daniel Betts ... Simon Ball
John Magaro ... Cory Staggart
Emory Cohen ... Willy Dunne
RJ Cyler ... Andy Moon
Topher Grace ... Matt Little
Anthony Michael Hall ... Greg Pulver
Anthony Hayes ... Pete Duckman
Nicholas Maude ... British Officer
Paolo Gasparini Paolo Gasparini ... Plotti Balotti
Andrew Byron ... Vladislav Melnik
Alan Ruck ... Pat Mackinnon
Nicholas Jones ... Dick Waddle
Griffin Dunne ... Ray Canucci
Aykut Hilmi ... Afghan Bureaucrat


A General from the U.S. is sent to Afghanistan to "clean" the situation up after eight years of war in the country. He finds himself amongst tired soldiers and disillusioned politicians eager to leave. In this situation, he feels his mission is to "win" the war, something deemed impossible by everyone around him. Written by anton-osgard

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From the producers of the Big Short comes a story about the politics of war. See more »


Comedy | Drama | War


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English | Pushto

Release Date:

26 May 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Operators See more »

Filming Locations:

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates See more »


Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scene in the war room where General Glen McMahon (Brad Pitt) briefs his team about launching the operation on Kandahar/Helmand, before approaching Karzai for permission to execute, Foxy can be seen around the map table. Foxy is a television adviser for production in high risk situations. Featured in "SAS: Who Dares Wins", a military reality competition on ITV. He is a real special forces veteran with experience in Afghanistan while serving with the Royal Marines and the Special Boat Service. See more »


When the general (and his subs) is asking everyone to vacate individual offices and instead share one big space, one American soldier says that Austria only has 2 men in the war aka "Coalition of the Willing". Austria is a neutral country and was not part to this war. See more »


[first lines]
Sean Cullen: [voiceover] Ah, America. You beacon of composure and proportionate response, you bringer of calm and goodness to the world... What do you do when the war you're fighting just can't possibly be won in any meaningful sense? Well, obviously, you sack the guy not winning it and you bring in some other guy. In 2009, that war was Afghanistan, and that other guy... was Glen.
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The Show (Inner View)
Written by Madlib (as Otis Jackson Jr.), Paul Nyirongo, Bola Johnson
Performed by Madlib
Courtesy of Madlib Invazion
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Netflix brings it
26 May 2017 | by ReelLifeReviewsSee all my reviews

War Machine - A satirical but honest look at the treadmill of war.

First off, Brad Pitt is essentially a caricature in this movie. I kept going back and forth on whether he was brilliant or miserable in his performance. I found myself feeling the same way I did when seeing him in Allied late last year. There are scenes when he is absolutely dialed in to the role and what's going on around him. And there are a handful of scenes where you'd think someone is just reading him his lines off-screen. He's been frustratingly inconsistent these last two outings.

I had no trouble deciphering the performance level of the surrounding cast, as they all came to play. From the big names of Ben Kingsley and Tilda Swinton, to still familiar names of Anthony Michael Hall and Topher Grace, I was impressed. My favorite performance would have to go to one of the smaller roles played by Lakeith Stanfield. I'd seen him earlier this year in Get Out, but he had a better opportunity to shine here as an absolutely emotionally broken marine.

The first half of the film is very quirky and actually has some pretty funny lines. The second half all but abandons the comedic tone and shifts into a full fledged war drama. The end result is satisfying, but that contrast is pretty jarring. It would have been more successful to mix the paint a bit more or just choose one color.

Netflix pulled out the big guns putting up $60 million for the distribution rights to the film. Later this year they are also backing a loose follow up to 2009's Moon (please see this underrated film if you haven't already) and breaking the bank with a $100 Martin Scorsese film with Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in 2018. Netflix is quickly changing the game in the world of cinema. Don't be surprised to see the awards shows tweak their rules to allow for streaming content down the road.

So pop some popcorn and reserve your couch to see this film of grandiosity and failure. Not exactly your typical recipe to Netlix and Chill, but I'm not one to judge.

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