Body Of War

Overview

On September 13, 2001 -- a mere two days after the 9/11 attacks -- Tomas Young, a Kansan with an overwhelming sense of patriotism and loyalty to his country, felt moved to enlist in the United States Armed Forces. Equipped with the courage to fight and rid the world of the threat of terror, Young anticipated an appointment in Afghanistan that would enable him to join his fellow soldiers in rooting out and bringing to justice Al-Qaeda operatives. This did not occur, however, and President Bush's order to invade ...
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Overview

On September 13, 2001 -- a mere two days after the 9/11 attacks -- Tomas Young, a Kansan with an overwhelming sense of patriotism and loyalty to his country, felt moved to enlist in the United States Armed Forces. Equipped with the courage to fight and rid the world of the threat of terror, Young anticipated an appointment in Afghanistan that would enable him to join his fellow soldiers in rooting out and bringing to justice Al-Qaeda operatives. This did not occur, however, and President Bush's order to invade Iraq stunned everyone, including Tomas. He soon found himself shuttled off to a land that posed no obvious threat to the United States, where he was instantly struck by a bullet from behind -- and rendered both paraplegic for life and unconscious. Airlifted home, Tomas slowly regained awareness of himself and his surroundings, settling in for a long, grueling recovery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in the nation's capital, with the assistance and loving support of his mother. But the young man's journey did not end there. As he lay in his hospital bed, unable to move, Tomas learned of the countless injuries and deaths afflicting hundreds of thousands in Iraq. In the process, he became one of the nation's most ardent opponents of the Iraq invasion. With their nonfiction work Body of War, longtime television pundit Phil Donahue and documentarian Ellen Spiro join forces to relay Tomas' heart-wrenching and yet deeply affirming story -- both a testament to one man's enduring inner strength and a towering condemnation of a localized conflict that owes much, if not everything, to the miscalculation and intrusion of the United States.
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Special Features

Eddie Vedder music video No More; MSNBC interview with Phil Donahue and Sen. Robert C. Byrd; CSPAN coverage of the House and Senate debates; Deleted scenes; Bill Moyers Journal: Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro; Theatrical Trailer; Take Action; Filmmaker Bios
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2008
  • UPC: 767685136157
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Video Group
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 61,339

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tomas Young Participant
Brie Townsend Participant
Bobby Muller Participant
Robert Byrd Participant
Technical Credits
Phil Donahue Director, Executive Producer, Producer
Ellen Spiro Director, Cinematographer, Producer
Karen Bernstein Co-producer
Bernadine Colish Editor
Jill DeVincens Associate Producer
Jeff Layton Score Composer
Kevin McKinney Cinematographer, Sound/Sound Designer
Eddie Vedder Songwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Body of War
1. Opening [7:50]
2. Wedding [9:25]
3. Up Close and Personal [6:20]
4. Gold Star Grief [7:44]
5. Old Gimp New Gimp [8:49]
6. Speaking Out [6:18]
7. God Speed Nathan [6:51]
8. Not Funny Mr President [5:40]
9. Speaking to the Choir [8:01]
10. Stormy Weather [10:36]
11. The Immortal 23 [5:37]
12. End Credits [4:19]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Body of War
   Play
   Scenes
   Extras
      Bonus Features
         Eddie Vedder - No More Music Video
         Bill Moyers Journal: Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro
         MSNBC Interview: Phil Donahue and Senator Robert Byrd
         CSPAN Coverage of the House and Senate Debates
            Play All
            There Will Be Blood
            Dealing A Blow To Terrorism
            An Imminent Threat
            We're Not Talking About War
            Peace Is Hard
            Fear, Itself
            What is the Goal?
            There will be joy
            Why Now?
            Because we can't wait
            Constitution, Shmonstitution
      Deleted Scenes
         Play All
         Kumbaya
         Vets Discuss PTSD
         Holiday Cheer
         Fort Campbell PX
         IVAW Board Election
         The Present
      Theatrical Trailer
      Take Action
      Filmmaker Bios
         Phil Donahue
         Ellen Spiro
      About Docurama
      Docurama Trailers
         Bob Dylan - Don't Look Back
         Air Guitar Nation
         A Crude Awakening
         The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
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