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American Soldiers (2005)

Curtis Morgan , Eddie Della Siepe , Sidney J. Furie  |  R |  DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Curtis Morgan, Eddie Della Siepe, Jordan Brown, Michael Belisario, Philippe Buckland
  • Directors: Sidney J. Furie
  • Writers: Greg Mellott
  • Producers: Christopher Petzel, Curtis Petersen, Eli Necakov, Gary Howsam, Lewin Webb
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2006
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EQ5Q40
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,518 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "American Soldiers" on IMDb

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  • "Behind-the-Scenes of American Soldier" featurette
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Editorial Reviews

During a routine sortie in Iraq, a U.S. patrol is ambushed and the young soldiers are forced to put their training skills into action - fast. A determined foe with superior local knowledge, the Fedayeen insurgents soon draw them into close quarter combat and a desperate fight for survival. Battered and hopeless, the devastated and weary soldiers can only find one reason to go on: staying alive at any cost. AMERICAN SOLDIERS captures a stunning and very dramatic view of the daily realities of a unit of American soldiers in the hostile environment of downtown Baghdad and the fierce fighting that now surrounds it.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pogue fodder August 1, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Under the suggestion of a filmmaker friend of mine, I thought I'd give this film a tumble.

What I found was a film depicting soldiers acting and talking unprofessionally, and discussing political screeds that front line soldiers never talk about, especially when under fire.

In fact the characters talk too much. They talk, talk, talk, talk, talk about crap no soldier in his right mind would ever talk about.

The acting was atrocious.

A combat medic complaining about being a medic? I was a combat medic, and that just never happens.

It had occasional good action scenes, but over all it was really a horrible film.

Guys like Furie should leave the writing and making of modern war films to guys who have either actually served in that conflict or at least done some serious "real" research about soldiers and modern warfare and the conflict they are writing about.

Man, I miss guys like John Ford.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Blood and guts and smouldering, dismembered body parts. Not really my type of entertainment. I hired it before reading the comments of my fellow Amazon critics. Based on fact, it was probably a realistic account of 24 hours in the life of American soldiers in Iraq. Absolute hell by the look of it. The acting was a bit mediocre but it did show what these poor boys have to go through. Nevertheless, I wouldn't watch it again.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars American Soldier-Good movie October 17, 2006
Amongst a small but vocal section of our wonderful society, only two depictions of US soldiers suffice, cruel or dumb-(misled dumb or just plain dumb). American Soldiers refreshingly avoids these stereotypes and portrays soldiers as complicated moral agents in a complicated situation. AS is the third quality small-budget, DVD-only war movie I've seen in a row. The story involves a squad of American soldiers plus one or two friendly Iraqi policemen experiencing one single hellish day. The day starts off with an ambush followed by an IED, then what seems to be a conglomeration of iraq war headlines-car bombings, torture, everything. It's kind of like Black Hawk Down, but I didn't notice the resemblance until just now. Some of the dialogue is near cringe-inducing, involving war ruminations and summations of the points of view of which you've no doubt grown sick. American Soldiers held my interest throughout and passed the normal-person test as Patti thouroughly enjoyed it. The movie contains one of the best endings in a war movie, and the producers were definately advised well as all of the props, military terms, and situations were spot-on. American Soldiers gets a bonus star for being the only normal Iraq war movie available, as far as I know.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Title Sold Me, the Movie Didn't June 14, 2014
A disappointing movie. For as much as happened in the movie excitement wise, it wasn't a very exciting movie.

Perhaps I looked at it all wrong. I was no ground pounder in my military years, I spent 20 years in the Navy. I just could NOT fathom that much crap happening to the same squad/platoon of guys as this movie depicts. Every time they got out of one firefight they were back in another. It MIGHT have happened, but it sure doesn't seem feasible, logical or even piss-poor bad luck.

The actual film making seemed more to fit a television show than a movie. I kept waiting for "and now a word from our sponsor" after the fades to black. I tried and tried to keep an open mind. Sorry folks, this movie was a waste of time.

The ONLY reason I marked it UP to a 2* movie is because it tried to portray our young soldiers not as war mongers and heroes all, but of humans and real people.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a GRUNT's tale... May 26, 2006
By vmzfla
This film is loosely based on actual events stemming from April 2004, the costliest month of US casualties since the declaration of the end of hostilities in Iraq. It follows a squad of US Army soldiers as they fend off ambush on top of ambush in the tradition of "Back Hawk Down". Surprisingly this low budget Canadian production takes an almost John Wayne approach, emphasising heroism and commraderie. The cast of virtual unknowns form an unexpected cohesiveness, that this reviewer hopes is instilled in every American infantry unit. The contradictions are there. Why are we in Iraq? We need to be there! Was it worth loosing all those lives? Are we appreciated by those we have liberated? What have we accomplished? On and on. The film is very episodic and has annoying breaks inbetween scenes. Those who want a bangem up, shootem up movie will surely be satisfied. Director, Sidney Furie has done his best to make the interplay between the troopers seem realistic. The squad always after quick debate reluctantly does the right thing. The attitude is we're Americans and we're not like them! There are a couple conventional subplots that I don't want to give away and spoil it! WWII, Korea, and ofcourse Vietnam have all had movies made like this. Why shouldn't Gulf War II?
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An original approach to war movie making August 8, 2006
Director Sidney Furie is best known for his work on the Ipcress file. He is back 40 years later with a minimalist masterpiece. I have read the reviews here and elsewhere and they focus their hostility on the fact that the movie was made in Canada with Canadian actors. Canada is the background for perhaps 10% of US films and I have not seen such hostility bruited about these other productions. Perhaps the reviewers thought only Americans could make a movie about Iraq. What strikes me is that Americans have not made a movie about Iraq. It fell to a foreign country to make such a movie and this foreign country made a movie suprisingly flattering to the US.

The film is shot in a Cassavetes-style docu-drama format. American Soldiers follows a platoon's one day patrol in militia infested Baghdad. There is no fat in this movie. Just facts. One has the feel that the movie-makers eschewed commercialism and did their homework in trying to figure out what is really happening in the battle between Americans and Baghdadis. It is not a movie that will please Americans as it shows what an awful, wasterful, meaningless, bloody struggle they have got themselves into, but if one can look past these global aspects of the movie one sees a picture of young Americans brought up on the internet and I-pods coming to terms with brutal realities and making a good show of it.

By staying spare, and avoiding drama the movie is, in my view, perhaps one of the best depictions of the realities of combat.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring. Not worth it.
The acting is terrible. It's not convincing like a bad TV show. Consequently, it's boring.
Published 16 days ago by Cestmoi
4.0 out of 5 stars The story is true. It did not happen in ...
The story is true. It did not happen in one day as the movie says, but over several days. If you are looking for a high quality make believe movie adventure, this is not it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by G. Noble
4.0 out of 5 stars will hold your attention
this movie does have a lot of action and covers a lot of ground but it certainly no saving private ryan
Published 17 months ago by iron joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This movie was a good one. I am glad that I bought it, and also it gives me a really good insight into what my husband went through in O.I.F.
Published 19 months ago by danielle
1.0 out of 5 stars Liberal pro-terrorist anti-American crap
AMERICAN SOLDIERS (2005) Produced and Directed by Sidney Furie.

Iraq. April, 2004. An American patrol is attacked by terrorists and,
when their leader is wounded,... Read more
Published on September 9, 2010 by The Mysterious Traveler
1.0 out of 5 stars An Epic Ripoff of "Black Hawk Down"
Right down to the wounded Tom Sizemore tough-guy sergeant character, the downed helicopter rescue mission, etc. Iraq instead of Mogadishu. Read more
Published on April 13, 2010 by Setmose
4.0 out of 5 stars Action Filled
I liked the movie because of the non-robotic soldiers who have a conscious, thus the story. The movie does seem to take cinematic license to the number of attacks and lack of... Read more
Published on December 2, 2009 by Ronin
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome movie!!!
this is a great movie! i think it shows somewhat what war is like. i think i understand how veterans feel once they get home from war. Read more
Published on January 18, 2009 by Coyote Ridge
1.0 out of 5 stars A Bad, Bad Movie
Wow, the acting was unconvincing, the dialogue was terrible, and the plot was ridiculous. Even if you were desperate for entertainment I wouldn't recommend this movie. Read more
Published on July 22, 2008 by F. Erck
1.0 out of 5 stars bad
just horrible. did not know middle east had the same vegetation of canada? That is the "good" problem. Acting, directing, and stupidity are the real problems. Read more
Published on May 25, 2008 by gimeldaleth
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