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Bulletproof Salesman (2008)

Fidelis Cloer , Michael Tucker , Petra Epperlein  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Fidelis Cloer
  • Directors: Michael Tucker, Petra Epperlein
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00308CJ12
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,652 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bulletproof Salesman" on IMDb

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Fidelis Cloer is a self-confessed war profiteer. In a career spanning two decades of global turmoil, he has supplied kings, presidents and the odd dictator or two with the finest luxury armored vehicles that money can buy. In his world, where security is a commodity that can be bought and sold, violence is to sales as the weather is to wheat futures.

Always with an on eye on growth opportunities, Fidelis found The Perfect War when the US invaded Iraq: it wasn't about selling a dozen cars, or even a hundred, it was a thousand car war where security would become the ultimate product.

But come 2004, and the threat of armor defeating Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), he quickly found himself engaged in a pathological arms race with insurgents who upped their explosive ante to defeat his increasingly higher (and more expensive) levels of armor. In war, as in life, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A salesman's life in Baghdad October 12, 2011
I'm a big fan of documentaries, which are often so much more interesting than fiction. What humans do in real life - you can't make this stuff up.

This is a doc film that follows a German salesman for bulletproofed passenger vehicles. It's possible the filmakers are leftwingers who intended this to be an expose of war profiteers - but it doesn't come across that way at all. This is simply a businessman earning a living selling protective vehicles; he has a life much like other salesguys around the world, whether of fiber optics or food processing equipment or aircraft or asphalt, whatever. And as he says here - he didn't start the wars, but merely sells defensive gear. Nothing controversial really. He has some interesting things to say about the art of international sales and marketing.

A bit boring in fact. What seemed most interesting about the film are the glimpses of everyday life in Baghdad and Kabul as he goes about his business, daily life in a dangerous part of the world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Apolitical and even fairly mundane January 8, 2012
This was a well done documentary. From the description and the subject, you'd expect it to be very anti-war or a political film, but it is not. It entirely avoids politics and merely illuminates the business of selling armored cars. It's not even that interesting since there arent too many details of how the cars are made, how he got into the business etc. The best parts are the daily life scenes in Afghanistan and Iraq.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Bulletproof Salesman is a wryly dark documentary about the work of Fidelis Cloer, a self-described war profiteer, who has supplied kings, presidents, and dictators with top-of-the-line armored vehicles. When the US invaded Iraq, he pounced on the business opportunity brought about by chaos and violence, yet as the war ran on, Improved Explosive Devices (IEDs) became more widely used against his creations. Fidelis became involved in an arms race against insurgents who matched more powerful and sophisticated explosives against his stronger and more expensive armored vehicles. Bulletproof Salesman is ultimately an utterly striking narrative, absolutely unforgettable and highly recommended. 70 minutes.
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