The Tillman Story 2010 R CC

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Pat Tillman decided to leave a multimillion-dollar professional football contract and join the military because he felt it was the right thing to do. When he died in a friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan in 2004, the military is shown to have manipulated his tragic death in the line of duty into a glorifying propaganda tool.

Starring:
Josh Brolin, Pat Tillman
Runtime:
1 hour, 36 minutes

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The Tillman Story

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Genres Military & War, Mystery, Documentary
Director Amir Bar-Lev
Starring Josh Brolin, Pat Tillman
Supporting actors Mary Tillman, Russell Baer, Patrick Tillman Sr., Philip Kensinger, Stan Goff, Jason Parsons, Bryan O'Neal, Marie Tillman, Richard Tillman, Kevin Tillman, George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld
Studio Weinstein Company
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

The beginning and end of the film, with Pat just looking at the camera was especially poignant for me.
Guy Montag
This documentary is excellent because it shatters the romanticism of war with a real story of an honorable man & family who were manipulated to promote war propaganda.
E. Burns
I am so glad she wrote about it and I hope everyone who watches this movie tells at least one other person how wonderful it is.
Quirky Girl Freed

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65 of 75 people found the following review helpful By John F. Rooney VINE VOICE on October 9, 2010
"The Tillman Story" is a powerful, hard-hitting documentary about the most famous enlistee in the U.S. armed forces following the Nine-Eleven attacks, Pat Tillman. He was a famous NFL football player. The Bush administration realized the publicity value of this celebrity. He and his brother enlisted together, and his reasons for signing up were really not made clear until this film. He and his brother served a term in Iraq and then went on for duty in Afghanistan. He was a bright, thoughtful young man who read some anti-war stuff by people like Noam Chomsky. He was killed in action in Afghhanistan and was awarded the Silver Star for heroism.
When he first died there was a great deal of ceremony regarding his heroic death. At one ceremony John McCain spoke. Then information began to leak out. His death was not by enemy fire but by friendly fire. This film was the first time I have ever heard such incidents referred to as fratricide. That's a very strong, loaded term.
In this film there are many interviews. Particularly effective are the ones by the mother, father and brother. The mother particularly demanded the truth and she was persistent and systematic in her pursuit of the truth. The military amd the highest levels of government were in on the lie about Pat's death. They knew that the cause was not enemy fire.
The mother at first believed that in the heat of battle, Pat's fellow soldiers shot indiscriminately out of fear and because they felt in great danger. The government investigated the case and reluctantly provided the family with a box of thousands of pages of evidentiary documents. One observer said they hoped to swamp the family with paper work which incidentally had all names redacted.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Guy Montag on January 21, 2011
Format: DVD
Amir Bar-Lev's film "The Tillman Story" contributes to the restoration of Pat Tillman's legacy by honoring the man, not the myth. The iconoclast, not the icon. As his mother said, "Pat would have wanted to be remembered as an individual, not as a stock figure or political prop. Pat was a real hero, not what they used him as."

Amir Bar-Lev, the film's director, tells three stories that interweave together throughout his film: a biography of Pat Tillman (growing up, playing in the NFL, joining the Army Rangers with his brother Kevin after 9/11), how he was killed in Afghanistan in 2004 and his friendly-fire death covered up by the Army, and his family's battle to learn the truth after smokescreens were thrown in their face by the highest levels of the Army and government (both Republicans and Democrats).

"The Tillman Story" is an apt title. The film follows the outline of Mary Tillman's memoir "Boots on the Ground by Dusk," many of the interviews are with members of the Tillman family (mother, father, brother, and wife) and the film is centered around their experiences in the aftermath of Pat Tillman's death. The Tillman's are a loyal, close-knit family that displays much more honor and integrity than their country's leadership.

The film uses nicely selected & edited news clips and interviews that portray an iconoclastic Pat Tillman not widely known to the public - a fiercely independent thinker, an avid reader, and critic of the Iraq war ("...this war is so ----ing illegal"). Pat was a remarkable man who was driven by a core of honesty and integrity, led by personal example, and lived his life intensely.

See the film. Nearly everything most people think they know about Pat Tillman, his family, and the story is wrong.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By E. Burns on January 29, 2011
Format: DVD
This fascinating documentary depicts Pat Tillman as a successful, likable, down to earth freethinker who gave up his success in the NFL to join the US military. Whatever motivated him to enlist was quickly shattered when he got to Iraq. As he witnessed bombs destroy an Iraqi city he declared the war an illegal one. The US military hailed his enlistment & subsequent death in heroic detail, undoubtedly encouraging many young men to enlist.

This documentary is excellent because it shatters the romanticism of war with a real story of an honorable man & family who were manipulated to promote war propaganda. You can't help but empathize with the Tillman family for their loss & betrayal. The military's upper ranks messed with a strong mother & the wrong family. The Tillman family did as much as they could to hold whoever ordered the cover up accountable, and alas, no real punishment was handed out. It shows the raw reality of war & unaccountability of the military's top brass. All they had to do was "not recall" when they received a top secret memo. Convenient defense! Watch this movie then talk about it & show it to your friends. It's an important story that begs discussion & illumination. Rest in peace Pat Tillman.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By GWon on February 19, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Loved the documentary and I am sure people's reactions will fall in line with their political views, but subconsciously this film will linger with you. I can say this movie has stayed with me and the character of Pat Tillman has inspired me. Which before this film I was indifferent to him (mainly because of how distorted his myth has become, from everyone that speaks of him without any knowledge of him), but to hear his family speak of him and see the pain they carry on their faces yet still remain inspired to carry on and tap into the strength that is their son and brother. Everyone should see it and process it themselves, if you do you can not help but be moved.
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