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American Soldiers

Curtis Morgan , Eddie Della Siepe , Sidney J. Furie  |  R |  DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • 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 (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EQ5Q40
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,285 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
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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars will hold your attention April 23, 2013
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this movie does have a lot of action and covers a lot of ground but it certainly no saving private ryan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome February 20, 2013
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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.
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1.0 out of 5 stars An Epic Ripoff of "Black Hawk Down" April 13, 2010
By Setmose
Right down to the wounded Tom Sizemore tough-guy sergeant character, the downed helicopter rescue mission, etc. Iraq instead of Mogadishu. Get the real movie, and skip this ersatz cartoon ripoff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Action Filled December 2, 2009
By Ronin
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 support, but it does not distract from the storyline. Do the soldiers always follow what they have been taught -- no, but that's actually reality. I've had to yell at my own soldiers during combat to get them to focus. Well worth a viewing and not the same old action flick.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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
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
3.0 out of 5 stars American Soldiers
I came upon this movie while searching for something of interest to watch on TV. I had missed about a quarter of the movie but was intrigued by the action sequences. Read more
Published on March 11, 2008 by Robert Colasuonno
3.0 out of 5 stars Modern Combat
the films action sequences are good but thats pretty much all the it has going for it. Based on the war in Iraq, it follows a team of US Soldiers into battle against the... Read more
Published on December 20, 2007 by Trevor Merris
1.0 out of 5 stars What is below one star?
I expected this to be a "B" movie but was sorely disappointed. Sidney tries to make both political and ethical statements but fails pathetically. Read more
Published on September 16, 2007 by C. J. West
5.0 out of 5 stars Doing what's right when it profits you nothing
Few war movies give the American soldier his due like this one. These are not the blood-thirsty crazed killers or the cynical nihlists that hollyweird seems so fond of portraying. Read more
Published on December 22, 2006 by Stratiotes Doxha Theon
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