Body of War - The True Story of an Anti-War Hero
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Directed by Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro and set to the haunting vocals of Eddie Vedder, the multi award-winning BODY OF WAR splits its time between Tomas s arduous daily reality in Kansas City, MO, and the legislative processes that led up to the invasion of Iraq in 2002.
Senatorial speeches and a running tally of pro-war votes are interspliced with intimate footage of Tomas as he navigates through the acute physical and emotional impacts of his injury. A testament to the power of parallel images, the film adeptly juxtaposes the sanitized vantage point of Washington with raw personal experience. In the end, this contrast forces viewers to question the motives, methods, and ever-rising cost of the conflict in Iraq.
A deeply moving and bracingly honest film, BODY OF WAR narrates a story that must be heard a story of courage, conviction, and resistance.
DVD Features: Eddie Vedder Music Video No More; MSNBC interview with Phil Donahue; CSPAN coverage of the House and Senate debates; Deleted Scenes; Theatrical Trailer; Filmmaker Biographies
- Eddie Vedder music video "No More"
- MSNBC interview with Phil Donahue
- CSPAN coverage of the House and Senate debates
- Bill Moyers Journal: Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro
- Deleted scenes
- Theatrical trailer
- Filmmaker biographies
Top Customer Reviews
The fate of BODY OF WAR reflects the reason the failed Iraq conflict continues. Most Americans know there is no good explanation for invading and occupying Iraq. Yet too few protest and even fewer appear willing to even see a movie about it. Tens of thousands die and millions suffer but it does not seem to affect Americans enough for the tragedy to end.
America invaded Iraq because many in Congress and other positions of power turned blind eyes and deaf ears to the Bush administration's lies. Today almost everyone wants it to stop, yet those same men and women in authority let the violence carry on. As long as too many Americans seemingly do little more than wish the Iraq disaster would go away, it won't.
Thus it is no surprise to see BODY OF WAR passages depicting the poor health care Tomas Young and other Iraq veterans receive from the government. Just as George W. Bush doesn't want the public to see coffins with a return address "Iraq," Congress and he give the wounded soldiers as little attention as possible. Bush and Congress continue spending billions on death and destruction but Mr. Young receives such insufficient help from the country he served, it falls on his wife and mother to get him through the day.Read more ›
War does two things very well...it creates orphans and it creates children. Tomas is one of those children. Tomas came back from Iraq and now depends on this mother and others to take care of him. No scene says this more than mom helping Tomas insert a cath in the back of their van.
Tomas has no choice anymore. He is a child in his mother's care just as much as any new born would be.
To watch Tomas struggle so much after proudly serving his country is beyond sad. To watch Tomas struggle just to get the medical and attention he deserves from the US is also beyond sad.
UPDATE: upon learning of the death of Tomas Young, i decided to revisit this film. Still just as impactful after the intensity of anti-war efforts have died down. What I had totally forgotten were the efforts of Sen. Robert Byrd to talk some sense into his fellow senators.
RIP Tomas. You are a hero in my eyes, not for going to war and taking a bullet, but for returning home and not shying away from showing everyone the horrific aftermath of war.
This is not just another anti-war film, it is the story of what happens to our veterans when they get home and about the unsung heroes in life. Everyone who supports veterans should feel an obligation to see this film. Everyone who believes that there are no more honest decent politicians owe it to themselves to allow Senator Robert Byrd to crush our callousness. Everyone who thinkss they would never sit idlely by while evil was done in their names, allow this film to make you think again. If you love America, PLEASE PLEASE SEE THIS FILM AND PASS IT ON TO SOMEONE ELSE.
Young was a young American naturally enraged by the September 11 terrorist attacks, watching Dubya rally the troops from the top of the World Trade Center wreckage, Young's patriotism was awakened and he enlisted in the army. Barely seven days into his service in Iraq, Young was shot and paralyzed. "Body Of War" captures Young's physical and mental struggles, and shows us a veteran returning home to discover that his government basically swindled the country into war, using lies and propaganda to invade Iraq. Like Ron Kovic of "Born On The Fourth Of July," Young joins the antiwar movement and uses his story to spread truth.
Directors Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro have crafted here an interesting document of a dark, divisive time in American history. Without having to resort to the more detailed, grand scale of films like "Why We Fight" or "Fahrenheit 9/11," they capture the human side of the suffering and raging debate the Iraq war has caused. We see the differences in public opinion even in Young's family: His mother has become an intense antiwar protester while his father remains a staunch right-wing Republican, a fan of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. Even Young's younger brother signs up and ships out to Iraq.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting perspective of the war...in my opinion...I have a few buddies from various wars that have come back with different issues, none of which are visible, so this is... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Michael L Thompson
Shows how soldiers get thrown away after being used. They have another fight when they get home to survive. War is a racketPublished 14 months ago by mary m.
Painful, sometimes, to watch, but very real and important to see. Intense.Published 14 months ago by Arlene Montemarano
This is a courageous film about the rush to war by the US Congress and about the effect of this decision on one soldier's life. I watched this movie on Veterans Day. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Steve in Colorado
Tremendously engrossing, must-see film. Makes you laugh, brings up tears.
The congressional footage and stupidity on display is stunning. Read more
On Monday, May 30th 2011 Americans will commemorate Memorial Day, an annual observation of Americans who have died in war. Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by Randal Rauser
This fine documentary puts a human face on what the criminal conduct of the Iraq War is costing America. A must see.Published on May 15, 2013 by Larry Shook