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The Good Soldier (2009)

4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Format: NTSC, Color
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00332WQZ4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,127 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Directed by Lexy Lovell and Michael Uys (Directors Guild of America, LA Film Critics, and Peabody Award winners for "Riding the Rails.") "The Good Soldier" follows the journeys of five combat veterans from different generations of American wars as they sign up, go into battle, and eventually change their minds about what it means to be a good soldier. "An astounding film 'The Good Soldier' should be mandatory viewing for every President and member of Congress who is willing to make the decision to send men and women into war. In a culture where many veterans do not speak back home of what they witnessed and participated in battle, this film portrays five combat veterans from different wars ranging from WWII to Vietnam to the Gulf War to Iraq who emotionally lay it on the line. The sheer humanity of such inhumane situations is astounding and riveting and heartbreaking. The courage it takes for these soldiers to speak of their darkest moments and moral dilemmas with such brutal honesty is to be commended and brings up questions of our government supporting those they would send to die who did not die, but came home." -Heather Buchanan, "A wonderful film...with great emotional power. It was a brilliant idea to hear veterans of the various wars because the net effect is to deal, not just with one odious war, but with the phenomenon of war as a universal evil. It is especially important, if we are to ditch forever the idea of 'good' wars, to tackle head on the war which is generally considered morally unassailable - World War II." -Howard Zinn, A People's History of the United States "It's hard to imagine watching a more affecting movie than "The Good Soldier" may be as affecting a movie as I've ever seen. I found it both hard to watch and hard to turn away from. Really powerful stuff." -Jason Albert, (AV Club) Music: JJ Grey & Mofro, CSNY, Nine Inch Nails Big Bill Broonzy Edwin Starr Carly Comando.

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars honest critique about effects of war January 19, 2010
The Good Soldier is honest reporting of the experience five US military veterans from World War II to Iraq. these testamonies are seldom heard in our corporate media world. Long after citizens have moved on, war veterans continue to suffer the effects of war. The uniforms, the education benefits, the high tech weapons are well publicized in military ads. The life long impact of being trained to kill other people and witness and be part of that killing very seldom sees the light of day. The Good Soldier is a very important contribution to a young person desiring to make an honest, reflective career choice. there are plenty of slick productions that promote participation in the military without being honest about the personal consequences of being part of killing that comes with war. This production is well produced and tells the real stories that need to be considered when choosing a military career. Find a way to contribute this to a school, library, church or Boy or Girl Scout troop in your community. You can be a good citizen and join the Good Soldier.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new kind of courage January 14, 2010
Hard hitting and heartfelt at once, the production, music and editing are all very effective. The power of THE GOOD SOLDIER centers in these soldiers' perseverance taking back their lives from the ruins of their wartime experiences, even when forced to recognize that their youth and service was used/abused for ulterior motives.
My jolly hometown barber never spoke of his WWII experiences, just shot himself in the mouth one day. All the soldiers I've known swallowed their pain.
The soldiers in this film recover their humanity by bravely facing down what happened to them - and share their findings publicly! Groundbreaking!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not sure what the point was... December 23, 2013
By Nate
Format:Amazon Instant Video
The description of this movie sounded interesting. I didn't find the film to be compelling. I have a hard time watching a guy with a "Veterans for Peace" t-shirt acting like he was hoodwinked because he ended up in Desert Storm. It just goes to show you that the armed forces do allow people to join even if they are criminally oblivious to reality. Veterans for Peace states: "Opposition to all war is the official position of VFP because we know that peace cannot be realized by waging war." I'm a veteran. I'm not a member of this group because I believe sometimes war is the answer. WWII is a clear-cut case. This movie could have left out the agenda and interviewed a more balanced sample- but they didn't.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
This is a must see for any and all that have ever thought of, participated in or have proclaimed to know what war is. This is a beautiful, sensitive documentary that forces the viewer to take a complete look at war and its consequences.The Good Soldier - Maysles Brothers Award Winning Documentary by Lexy Lovell + Michael Uys
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond "Good" These Sodiers Be January 14, 2010
The Good Soldier is truly a remarkable educational piece, one that should be shown in every high school and middle school in the land. -- It should be shown wherever our kids, barraged by the glitzy ads and the promises of adventure and opportunity put across through slick promotion and skilled recruiters, might succumb to the Siren Song of "the service" in support of empire. I had limited expectations when I went to see the film. I came away impressed by not only the moving stories of these "vets for piece" but also by the quality of the entire production -- the imagery, the camera work, the soundtrack, the editing-- all of it. Not only should the film makers be commended, but so should those who sacrificed in war and continue to bravely serve for peace. This film should be seen by all!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul-baring, filled with raw, unflinching honesty. February 10, 2010
There are many stories promoting war, but few that question the insanity of it. There are many films that trumpet youthful bravado, baptism and courage under fire; films ending with flag-wrapped sentimentalism and the strains of Taps. Those movies seduce naive teens and enroll them in the next military recruitment class. This immensely sobering documentary quietly dissolves such myths and falsehoods. So, if you want to recruit more unthinking young men and women to stain the soil and sand of the next American war, buy or rent something featuring John Wayne or Sylvester Stalone. If, on the other hand, you are willing to face the searing, unabashed truth about war, this is the film for you. These men had the courage to tell it; have the courage to watch and listen.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!! January 24, 2010
I believe this film was very true and real for what it intended to get across to viewers, and that is, in my opinion, the truth of what it's really like to go to war and how it affects not only the soldiers' lives, but also that of their loved ones. I would recommend that anyone who wants a true look at how it really is watch this film.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An important 'must see" movie! January 12, 2010
I first saw scenes from this documentary, "The Good Soldier" on the Bill Moyers show on PBS public television. I wanted to see more - and I was able to when it came to a special showing at our Sundance Theater here in Madison, WI. The stories of those who have fought in our wars past and present.... are riveting! Thanks to the directors, producers and soldiers who participated in this great film.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Not saying it provides everyone's perspective but great documentary nonetheless.
Published 14 days ago by Karl Wm Clark
1.0 out of 5 stars This is a pathetic piece of work from someone who never has to ...
Another anti-war film dressed up in military patriotism. This is a pathetic piece of work from someone who never has to make tough decisions. War is a natural fact of life. Read more
Published 22 days ago by RobRock
5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth is always around us.
In my opinion, I found it to be truthful and to the point. We all evolved in different ways and responded to what was around us in different ways. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Daniel L. Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars What military service is really about
An outstanding look into what service in the Army or Marine corps is really all about, uncut & no B.S.
Published 5 months ago by Doug
5.0 out of 5 stars very good movie
I thought this movie was really great and very informative. I found it interesting that they interviewed veterans from different wars from different eras and the soldiers pretty... Read more
Published 5 months ago by jim mcgill
4.0 out of 5 stars Good soldiers and bad wars
One of the most compelling antiwar films I have seen. The film describes the good soldier as one who obeys orders and unhesitatingly kills the enemy. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dr. G
4.0 out of 5 stars Before you donate this to your school
Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. Or family, or tribe, or country, or nation, or empire.
Not about love, maybe. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dust
4.0 out of 5 stars dilema
very honest reflection on the blind obedience to government. the enemy is allways taught the same thing. what is moral and what is legal has become a very wide ditch between.
Published 6 months ago by JohnO
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Every American should watch this revealing documentary to greater appreciate the price paid for our freedom. Loved it. Highly recommended.
Published 6 months ago by Tom D. Grudzinski
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting at all.
Had I known what this film is REALLY about, I probably would not have watched it. This is a film about how four military men went from being enlisted. . . to being anti-war. . . Read more
Published 6 months ago by G. Hearn
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