Gunner Palace

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Overview

Shortly after President George W. Bush announced that "major combat operations have ended" in the war in Iraq, filmmaker Michael Tucker a self-described "Army brat" whose father served in Vietnam traveled to Baghdad, where he and his camera crew were embedded with the 2-3 Army Field Artillery unit, improbably based out of a bombed-out mansion which once belonged to Saddam Hussein and his son Uday. Tucker and his crew spent two months with the soldiers of the 2-3 FA in September 2003 and February 2004, following ...
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Overview

Shortly after President George W. Bush announced that "major combat operations have ended" in the war in Iraq, filmmaker Michael Tucker a self-described "Army brat" whose father served in Vietnam traveled to Baghdad, where he and his camera crew were embedded with the 2-3 Army Field Artillery unit, improbably based out of a bombed-out mansion which once belonged to Saddam Hussein and his son Uday. Tucker and his crew spent two months with the soldiers of the 2-3 FA in September 2003 and February 2004, following the young men and women as they went about their daily rounds in a land where they were welcomed by some and targeted by others. Gunner Palace offers a sympathetic but objective portrait of the American fighters as they go on routine patrol, try to ferret out insurgents, help train Iraqi forces, keep an eye peeled for homemade explosives, police some of the local troublemakers, and for the most part simply try to get through their days without the loss of life and limb in the midst of what they sarcastically call "minor combat operations." Gunner Palace received its world premier at the 2004 Telluride Film Festival and became the first documentary about the war in Iraq to be shot and released while the war was still taking place.
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Special Features

2.0 Stereo; 5.1 Surround Sound; Deleted scenes; Weblinks; U.S. theatrical trailer; Exclusive Gunner freestyle rap audio tracks
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Regardless of where you stand on the war in Iraq, this evenhanded and provocative documentary should make your must-see DVD list. In late 2003 and 2004, married filmmakers Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein went to Iraq and followed a field unit of the U.S. Army’s First Armored Division. The 2-3 (as the unit is known), headquartered in one of Saddam Hussein’s bombed-out palaces, is involved in rooting out and fighting the insurgency as well as in “community outreach.” Apparently, the soldiers felt comfortable with the filmmakers, resulting in a uniquely authentic and absorbing film. Remarkably, Gunner Palace has no political agenda; it focuses on the American soldiers and reinforces the truism that, once under fire, they’re more interested in looking out for each other than in making the world safe for democracy. We see the men and women of the 2-3 at work and play: lounging around a still-functional swimming pool, improvising rap songs, sharing their thoughts with the filmmakers, even joking about the quality of logistical support. And yet, these aren’t the disaffected stoners you see in Vietnam-era films; for the most part they come off as serious, sober people. Gunner Palace is tremendously engaging, but it also performs a vital service in bringing to us a side of war we never see on the nightly network news.
New York Times - A.O. Scott
Gunner Palace, in its savage, intelligent, boisterous messiness, is a welcome antidote to the self-convinced rhetoric of pundits and politicians. Each time I have seen it, I have emerged feeling moved, angry, scared, hopeful, frustrated and dispirited -- and grateful for this confusion, which is its own form of understanding.
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan
A striking new documentary that shows the war in a way it's not been seen before: from the ground up.

A striking new documentary that shows the war in a way it's not been seen before: from the ground up.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/2005
  • UPC: 660200311629
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Palm Pictures / Umvd
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 76,559

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Petra Epperlein Director, Editor, Producer
Michael Tucker Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Producer
Christiane Muller Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. BIAD [:16]
2. Minor Combat [:40]
3. Sector 18 [1:08]
4. The Palace [:47]
5. The Love Shack [1:12]
6. Routine Patrol [1:15]
7. Night Patrol [2:45]
8. The Rat [:52]
9. Wilf [1:59]
10. IED [1:09]
11. Elvis [1:32]
12. The Pool [:57]
13. Mike Tyson [:32]
14. Gate 2 [1:34]
15. DAC [:37]
16. Shooting Lesson [1:32]
17. Gold Teeth [1:11]
18. Orphanage [:33]
19. #89 [1:02]
20. PSYOP [1:44]
21. Burger King [:36]
22. COLTs [:42]
23. Grab Ass [1:34]
24. Soldier Down [2:28]
25. Another Day in Baghdad [1:49]
26. R&R [1:47]
27. Celebratory Fire [:20]
28. Gitmo [1:41]
29. Ficky Ficky [2:01]
30. Body Dropper [2:05]
31. Sheik Majid [:15]
32. Gunnerpalooza [4:55]
33. Empty [2:00]
34. Kinda Sucks [1:58]
35. Abu Hanifa [1:01]
36. Mack Mode [1:27]
37. Tombraider [:52]
38. Going Home [3:07]
39. Ben Colgan [:59]
40. New Year, New War [1:54]
41. Person of the Year [1:16]
42. RPG Cell [:45]
43. ICDC [2:14]
44. Scrap Metal [1:38]
45. Mike Tyson II [1:33]
46. Wilf for President [1:53]
47. They're Here to Get Paid [2:04]
48. Sand Storm [:41]
49. U.S. Army Go Home [1:10]
50. No Beer Blues [:38]
51. Ashura [:30]
52. Kadhimiya [1:37]
53. Mahdi's Army [1:07]
54. Star Spangled Baghdad [2:18]
55. The Last Raid [1:28]
56. Questions [2:01]
57. Epilogue [2:18]
58. Credits [1:24]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Access
   Set-Up
      2.0 Stereo
      5.1 Surround
      English Subtitles On
      English Subtitles Off
   Extras
      Additional Scenes
         Itsy Bitsy Spider
         Being a Grown Ass Man
         Roughrider
         Tracy Chapman
         Homesick
         Bad Luck
         Combat Vet
         ICDC Games
         Leaving BIAD
         Watching N
         Original Freestyle
         Ben Colgan
         Don't Forget
         World Book
         Battle Buddy
         Homecoming
         Wilf Lives
         Play All
      Gunner Freestyles
         Welcome to Gunner Palace
         For Y'all This Is Just a Show, But We Live in This Movie
         Fresh Under Pressure
         Play All
      U.S. Theatrical Trailer
      Palm Previews
      Weblinks
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT!!

    My husband was in Iraq and told me to go buy Gunner Palace. This was amazing, I got to see what he was going through without other people opinions on the war.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An educational tool....

    I recently showed this movie to my high school government class. We have been discussing the war in Iraq and collectively over the months, I have truly attempted to teach from a neutral prospective, letting students form their own opinions. After viewing the movie my room was totally silent which is not the norm for high school students. Then the students' emotions, reactions, discussions all erupted at once. It's been 3 days since we watched the movie and the students are still talking about it, with one another, with me, and with other students who did not view the movie. Two students have asked to borrow my copy so they can watch it again and they are going to watch it with their parents because they want their parents to see this movie. By far...it is one of the best educational tools I have ever purchased and presented. My students came face to face with the reality that the war is being fought by young men and women only a year or two older than they are - it now is real to them and not just some sound bite on the evening news.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Entertaining and Educational

    It really put things in perspective for me when i saw this movie. Perhaps it's because the directors went into the movie thinking they were going to make an anti-war movie but found themselves respecting the soldiers and deciding to film a neutral war movie. The footage is amazing. Not only is this movie entertaining but it is educational for people who dont really know what they are experiencing over in Iraq.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gunner Palace is awesome!!!

    I just loved this movie. It's a real eye opener. I loved the fact that it does not have much of a political tone. The movie merely focuses on the lives of the American soldiers in Iraq. It's not a movie that tries to convince you to be pro or anti war. The struggles and dangers that these men go through on a daily basis is gaw-dropping. I loved it. I totally recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must See

    This movie is entirely a-political. A simple, no non-sense account of Iraq. I saw this movie at the E-Street theatre in Washington D.C. When the movie was done, we stood up and walked out in silence, together. It wasn't until we all hit the sidewalk out side that we started to talk about the movie. There is something in here for everyone, left and right wing, army vet or civilian.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome Iraqi war Doc!

    I just saw this, oh my god, I loved it! It's so awesome because it's told strictly from the soldiers POV. Politics do not control the story, just the war itself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What war is really like

    This a war movie unlike any other. It is a documentary that follows the lives of American soldiers living in Gunner Palace and dealing with day to day life while at war. Unlike other war documentaries Gunner Palace takes a very neutral approach at telling the story. This is a breath of fresh air in this genre. It is very interesting to see soldiers' take on the war and their experiences. A brilliant film!

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