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Gunner Palace

This rough and rugged documentary is the kind of inside look at the reality of the U.S. occupation of Iraq that you'd expect to see on the news every night. But since that's not the case, "Gunner Palace" fills an important vacuum for its candid documentation of the United States Army's 2/3 Field Artillery unit (the "Gunner Battalion") occupying the late Uday Hussein's Al Azimiya Palace in Baghdad. Filmmaker Michael Tucker accompanies the U.S. troop on raids, and shows the soldiers' private moments as they struggle with the tense moment-to-moment uncertainty of their daily lives. This film is an essential social document for all Americans to see. Special features include 17 additional scenes. Aspect ratio is 1.33:1, with sound reproduction in choice of Dolby Stereo or Dolby Digital Surround 5.1. (Movie - Four Stars, DVD features - Two Stars) Rated PG-13, 85 mins. (Palm Pictures)

September 25, 2005 | Permalink