Gunner Palace – Filtered

Theatrical Release: March 4, 2005
DVD Release: June 28, 2005
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Synopsis

400 American soldiers carry out their mission from a bombed-out pleasure palace once owned by Saddam Hussein. This is their story.

Dove Review

“Gunner Palace” is a documentary on the Iraq war. Michael Tucker travels to Iraq and films the 2-3 Field Artillery Unit (gunners) as they work to restore order and progress in the new Saddam-free country. He spends two months, 24 hours a day with the company, riding with them on patrols and peacekeeping missions. He captures the arrests of key Iraqi men on film and records the feeling of the soldiers as they live their lives in Uday Hussein’s former palace.

I was looking forward to watching this documentary, but was somewhat disappointed because it seemed to drag on and on. There was quite a bit of footage that was edited out (probably for violence or aspects of military life) and I think that may have lessened the impact that Tucker intended it to have. It was moving to watch the soldier’s eyes during the personal interviews. Each one of them was so proud to be serving their country. It did make me grateful once again for the men and women who serve and protect our country and are willing to give their lives for us. There were some rap lyrics that were questionable-about putting a gun to someone’s head and pulling the trigger.

Content Description

Faith: None
Violence: : Arresting some people after knocking doors down, lots of guns, but no shooting.
Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: : Arresting some people after knocking doors down, lots of guns, but no shooting.
Drugs: Smoking
Nudity: None
Other: None

Info

Company: Unknown
Director: Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker
Producer: Petra Epperlein
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 85 min.
Reviewer: Sarah Bennor