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Patriot Act: A Jeffrey Ross Home Film

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Inspired by the passing of U.S.O. perennial Bob Hope, Friars Club roast-master Jeffrey Ross takes Drew Carey up on an invitation to join the U.S.O. in their ongoing mission - delivering punch-lines to the front lines. Having just bought a new camcorder, he travels to Iraq and captures his rare, intimate, and often times hilarious experience on camera. Armed with nothing but that camcorder and some jokes, Ross shoots his own life-changing experience as he travels alongside six other well known comics, entertaining battle weary G.I.'s stationed in some of the most remote parts of the Sunni Triangle.

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When standup comedian Jeffrey Ross joined Drew Carey's U.S.O. show that toured through Iraq during the first year of the American occupation, he took along a video camera and made a clumsy but strikingly intimate portrait of the armed forces. Performing in venues as different as the Baghdad Civic Center and a camouflaged camp in the middle of the desert, seven comedians (Ross, Carey, Kathy Kinney, Blake Clark, Kyle Dunnigan, Andres Fernandez, and Rocky LaPorte) did what they could to entertain soldiers who suffered sand, heat, and being shot at--but the brief snippets of rough comedy are little more than a sidelight. The most intriguing aspects of Patriot Act (which, despite its title, is largely apolitical) are the simple conversations with G.I.s, bellhops, translators, and others, who endure a difficult situation with a weary smile and a little glimpse of hope. It's the ordinary effort of life that comes through, even when surrounded by bombed buildings and armored vehicles. Ross has no great insights, but he proves an affable and earnest tour guide. --Bret Fetzer

Special Features

  • More Patriot Act: additional scenes
  • Amsterdam: The Five-Hour Layover
  • "A Jeffery Ross Home Movie" short: more footage from another USO tour
  • Blackhawk Rides: additional aerials of Iraq
  • Director's statement
  • A portion of the proceeds from the sales of Patriot Act will be donated to the USO

Product Details

  • Actors: Jeffrey Ross, Jocelyn Aberle, Kate Blekh, Drew Carey, Blake Clark
  • Directors: Jeffrey Ross
  • Writers: Jeffrey Ross
  • Producers: Jeffrey Ross, Jon Ernst, Jonathan Brandstein, Mark Chapin, Peter Iselin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Virgil Films
  • DVD Release Date: July 11, 2006
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FKPDTI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,660 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Patriot Act: A Jeffrey Ross Home Film" on IMDb

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Just received this moving DVD in Germany and I think we should have this on a wide screen in Munich for all to see.

We Germans well recognize these brave soldiers - they saved us and Europe twice and many lie forever in graveyards around, for what was for them, a strange continent - and they are at it again. We Europeans sit back in our coffee shops and criticize. We forget, too soon, the modest unrecognized greatness of these Americans and Ross lays this out for us to be reminded - and not a moment too soon.

Dressed in humor, their sacrifice is made all the more pointed, and this talented new director creates a beautiful balance that captures and draws the most critical, anti- american into this - the selfless and thankless effort for the greater good, that is the American Story..... Ross is non political and tells it as he sees it. I look forward to his next movie and hope more international critics get to see this creative work of some quiet greatness. Danke Herr Ross we salute your country and you!
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Just ordered the DVD, so I can't comment on the film. However, Jeffrey's performance in Baghdad was tremendous. He was by far the funniest comedian to perform that evening, with Kathy Kinney a close second, who simply read the newspaper and provided an hilarious, unscripted commentary. His "poetry" was inspired. The theater was packed with troops (and a few Iraqis who seemed confused -- stand-up doesn't translate too well). Everybody had a great time forgetting about the war for an hour or so. I'm sure this DVD will bring back a good memory from a time and place that had relatively few.

Kudos to Jeffrey, his fellow comedians, and to all those who make the trek to entertain troops at war. Your sacrifice, and the risk you take, is greatly appreciated by those of us in uniform. I'm sure Bob Hope is smiling appreciatively.
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This movie shows a side of American Soldiers, Airmen, and Marines that you will NEVER see on broadcast news. These young people in uniform are the one's who have answered the call to defend our freedom. They deserve our respect, admiration, and most importantly our realization that they truely believe in the cause they are fighting for. Get this movie, watch it with your children and friends. Okay, maybe there is a little rough language, but your kids will get over it. The lessons learned about the reality of a Soldiers life are worth watching this film. Great job, Jeff. And thank you.
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VERY VERY funny and shows how scary it can be over there for the guys and troops. Drew Carrey and his group of comics including Jeffery Ross put on great shows and face A LOT of danger. Short but sweet dvd. And surprising too.
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This product receives 5 stars based on my appreciation in it making me laugh. The documentary style is unique for that time and a style that seems to be more prevalent as more and more documentaries come out.

As for the participants, I was able to meet all of them during their visit to Baghdad. They were all very thankful for us troops as we were all thankful to them. I remember seeing the small video camera Jeffrey Ross had braced on the table next to him as we all walked by to get signatures. Their willingness to take photos with us soldiers might have extended their visit and our line time but it was well worth the wait.

All of this is why I enjoyed the movie and hope you will too.
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I saw it at a screening in February, and was blown away. It's such a great perspective of the soldiers, and I'm really impressed by the access that it provides to areas of Iraq previously unavailable to the public. Jeff Ross was at the screening, and was so earnest about his experiences; to see how it affected him, made it that much more moving. I highly recommend it to anyone that's interested in the Middle East, the war, or even just a fan of these comics.
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I am not fan of Jeffrey Ross - but I have developed a great respect after watching this video. I rented it and then bought it And I look forward to when I can order his prison stand up documentary
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Saw this on Showtime and loved it. Ross takes us on an amazing tour of behind the scenes Iraq. Would make a wonderful gift for anyone who loves comedy regardless of their politics. Nice publicity for the USO.
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