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Wartorn 1861-2010 (2011)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: May 17, 2011
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004MQ6VRE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,800 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Wartorn 1861-2010" on IMDb

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Executive produced by James Gandolfini (HBO's Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq) and produced by award-winning filmmakers Jon Alpert, Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Matt O’Neill, this 75-minute HBO Documentary Films presentation explores combat stress and posttraumatic stress on military personnel and their families throughout recorded American military history.

Beginning with the first documented cases from the Civil War, the film examines occurrences of PTSD through two World Wars and Vietnam, as well as more recent cases involving soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The stories are told through soldiers’ revealing letters and journals; photographs and combat footage; first-person interviews with veterans of WWII, the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom; and interviews with family members of soldiers with PTSD.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Strong Documentary of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder February 22, 2011
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This documentary is mainly about PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) all the way from the Civil War in 1861 up until The Iraq war in 2003-2010. Throughout these many different wars, Post Traumatic Stress has been called many things. Civil War they called it Hysteria or Melancholy, WWI they called it Shell-shock, WWII they called it Battle Fatigue, Vietnam and the Iraq War both called it Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This Documentary which is just over an hour is not too hard to watch, but may be hard to watch by some who have been affected by PTSD or have even just been overseas. The documentary shows about 5 different lives that PTSD has affected as well as their families.

The first was a Union soldier back in 1861 who committed suicide. Then there is a mother whom talks about her son that shot himself after coming back from Iraq. There is another segment in the film where a young soldier comes home from Iraq and within a month was arrested for putting a gun to a middle eastern taxi driver man's head. This is a sad segment, as well as the part in the film where a father of two explains how his son knew he was going crazy, but was not listened to by the military doctors and was told he was faking it and to get back to his room. Well they gave him his gun and bullets and set him to his room, as well as told his fellow soldiers to leave him alone and let him be...he shot himself back in his room. The last segment of this documentary was about a man who did 3 or 4 tours in Iraq and was discharged due to him losing it. The film shows him at his house looking at photos from Iraq and describing his feeling towards them.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "YOU go do the things I've done and get over it!" June 5, 2011
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WARTORN 1861-2010 (2010, though dated 2011) was a marvel, a riveting film that was as compelling as it was heartbreaking and unbearable. Produced and presented by James Gandolfini - who does all the interviews here - this film covers the serious disease PTSD ("post-traumatic stress disorder") that afflicts around 45% of war veterans.

Touching on one or two soldiers from every major war, beginning with the Civil War and ending with the Iraq War, this film allows the victims and their families to tell the stories in their own words, at their own pace. Letters from a young Civil War victim, read in a gradually weakening, quavering voice by an actor, are as effective as the face-to-face interviews with the present soldiers.

I was most touched by the fact that WWII and Korean vets have benefitted the most, even if it is far too late, from recognition/treatments. The stories of several WWII vets will leave you in tears - but you will cry as much for the Iraq War vets and their stories. One came home and committed suicide; another young soldier drunkenly shot a Middle Eastern cab driver, thinking he was back in Iraq. After he was arrested he realized he wasn't having a nightmare - it was real. He received 6 years in the slam.

Nice compassion.

Notable is the lack of interviews with Korean War vets, and I think only two Vietnam vets are interviewed. The pace is crisp, the condition, while not defined or delineated properly, is explained so well through the victims themselves. In spite of the dreadful photos and film shown here, I think this should be part of American schools' curriculum. Kids and even soldiers' families need to learn about this.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Felt like half the story... July 21, 2011
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While the people and stories presented were interesting, it felt like the documentary ended too soon, leaving the other half of the whole issue hardly discussed - treatment and help for those affected. It just ended, without a real feeling of any hope or success for the veterans in the future.
Watching this with my wife, a mental health professional with the VA who specializes in PTSD treatment, we were both waiting for the documentary to discuss the latest efforts by the VA to treat OIF and OEF veterans with PTSD and TBI's, which has become a VA priority. In the last couple of years, new treatments and therapies have been implemented that have had positive results for the veterans treated.
I think that the producers should revisit and update this documentary to show that the VA and the military are trying to fix the mistakes of not offering adequate or enough treatment in previous years, and that PTSD treatment is now a priority in order to help veterans live their lives successfully.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Should be in schools, and viewable on public broadcast, maybe it would help people understand us better, I feel like people would rather continue being ignorant such things though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for learning about PTSD December 2, 2013
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Very interesting interviews. Gandolfini's "Alive Day Memories" is great also. Clearly evident that our service men and women don't just "get over it". They will deal with the memories the rest of their days. A tad bit more of an anti-war slant than "Alive", but still worth a viewing if you're interested in learning about PTSD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars HEARTWRENCHING
THIS MOVIE SHOULD BE REQUIRED VIEWING BY ALL WHO HAVE SERVED IN COMBAT, AND ALL THOSE WHO ARE SIGNING UP
Published 10 months ago by leo moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Telling the truth never takes as long as it does to lie
As I write this in 2013 the United States is still warring with and occupying Afghanistan and, albeit with even less publicity, Iraq. Read more
Published 13 months ago by J. L LaRegina
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it
I won't tear down any Movie--BUT--Not enough on the War between the States--No way worth $15-- Regeneration is one of the best Movies I've seen on PTSD/ETC,ETC.
Published 14 months ago by lanny e morse
5.0 out of 5 stars A profound documentary.
This is to videos of war as "The Horror of It" was to books after WWI. "The Horror of It" is long out of print, but the images captured are unbelievably vivid and disturbing. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Wiscman
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Documentary
A well-made, enlightening documentary. As an military vet and military history buff, I thoroughly enjoyed this documentary. Appears to have been well researched. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mark B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Really hit home as I am a Vietnam Vet
As a Marine in a combat infantry company in Vietnam in 1967/68, this movie really hit home. My family and I recognized in the movie many of the symtoms that I have felt for over... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Roger D. Chicoine
5.0 out of 5 stars Shadowed Casualty of War
This should be a mandatory presentation to all high school students in an American History course. Some wounds of war are unyeilding, both for the warrior and their families. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Joan Lubinsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Wartorn
I am the mother of a son who suffers from severe PTSD and has been rated "unemployable" by the VA. Read more
Published 18 months ago by L. Jensen
5.0 out of 5 stars If your living with the Beast (PTSD) you should have your family watch...
Hopefully this documentary will get around a lot so more people understand how horrible PTSD really is and get rid of the stigma attached to it. Read more
Published 19 months ago by DoubleTap
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST SEE TV EVENT!!!
Every citizen of the USA must see this documentary to understand what our real heroes MUST ENDURE. Every @#$%& politician MUST receive one as a gift when confronted in voting for a... Read more
Published 21 months ago by JA ORTA
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