Gunner Palace

Gunner Palace

DVD (Wide Screen)

Overview

Shortly after President George W. Bush announced that "major combat operations have ended" in the war in Iraq, filmmaker Michael Tucker (a self-described "Army brat" whose father served in Vietnam) traveled to Baghdad, where he and his camera crew were embedded with the 2-3 Army Field Artillery unit, improbably based out of a bombed-out mansion which once belonged to Saddam Hussein and his son Uday. Tucker and his crew spent two months with the soldiers of the 2-3 FA (in September 2003 and February 2004), following the young men and women as they went about their daily rounds in a land where they were welcomed by some and targeted by others. Gunner Palace offers a sympathetic but objective portrait of the American fighters as they go on routine patrol, try to ferret out insurgents, help train Iraqi forces, keep an eye peeled for homemade explosives, police some of the local troublemakers, and for the most part simply try to get through their days without the loss of life and limb in the midst of what they sarcastically call "minor combat operations." Gunner Palace received its world premier at the 2004 Telluride Film Festival and became the first documentary about the war in Iraq to be shot and released while the war was still taking place.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/28/2005
UPC: 0660200311629
Original Release: 2004
Rating: PG-13
Source: Palm Pictures / Umvd
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:27:00

Special Features

2.0 Stereo; 5.1 Surround Sound; Deleted scenes; Weblinks; U.S. theatrical trailer; Exclusive Gunner freestyle rap audio tracks

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. BIAD [:16]
2. Minor Combat [:40]
3. Sector 18 [1:08]
4. The Palace [:47]
5. The Love Shack [1:12]
6. Routine Patrol [1:15]
7. Night Patrol [2:45]
8. The Rat [:52]
9. Wilf [1:59]
10. IED [1:09]
11. Elvis [1:32]
12. The Pool [:57]
13. Mike Tyson [:32]
14. Gate 2 [1:34]
15. DAC [:37]
16. Shooting Lesson [1:32]
17. Gold Teeth [1:11]
18. Orphanage [:33]
19. #89 [1:02]
20. PSYOP [1:44]
21. Burger King [:36]
22. COLTs [:42]
23. Grab Ass [1:34]
24. Soldier Down [2:28]
25. Another Day in Baghdad [1:49]
26. R&R [1:47]
27. Celebratory Fire [:20]
28. Gitmo [1:41]
29. Ficky Ficky [2:01]
30. Body Dropper [2:05]
31. Sheik Majid [:15]
32. Gunnerpalooza [4:55]
33. Empty [2:00]
34. Kinda Sucks [1:58]
35. Abu Hanifa [1:01]
36. Mack Mode [1:27]
37. Tombraider [:52]
38. Going Home [3:07]
39. Ben Colgan [:59]
40. New Year, New War [1:54]
41. Person of the Year [1:16]
42. RPG Cell [:45]
43. ICDC [2:14]
44. Scrap Metal [1:38]
45. Mike Tyson II [1:33]
46. Wilf for President [1:53]
47. They're Here to Get Paid [2:04]
48. Sand Storm [:41]
49. U.S. Army Go Home [1:10]
50. No Beer Blues [:38]
51. Ashura [:30]
52. Kadhimiya [1:37]
53. Mahdi's Army [1:07]
54. Star Spangled Baghdad [2:18]
55. The Last Raid [1:28]
56. Questions [2:01]
57. Epilogue [2:18]
58. Credits [1:24]

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Gunner Palace 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is entirely a-political. A simple, no non-sense account of Iraq. I saw this movie at the E-Street theatre in Washington D.C. When the movie was done, we stood up and walked out in silence, together. It wasn't until we all hit the sidewalk out side that we started to talk about the movie. There is something in here for everyone, left and right wing, army vet or civilian.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My husband was in Iraq and told me to go buy Gunner Palace. This was amazing, I got to see what he was going through without other people opinions on the war.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It really put things in perspective for me when i saw this movie. Perhaps it's because the directors went into the movie thinking they were going to make an anti-war movie but found themselves respecting the soldiers and deciding to film a neutral war movie. The footage is amazing. Not only is this movie entertaining but it is educational for people who dont really know what they are experiencing over in Iraq.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just loved this movie. It's a real eye opener. I loved the fact that it does not have much of a political tone. The movie merely focuses on the lives of the American soldiers in Iraq. It's not a movie that tries to convince you to be pro or anti war. The struggles and dangers that these men go through on a daily basis is gaw-dropping. I loved it. I totally recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just saw this, oh my god, I loved it! It's so awesome because it's told strictly from the soldiers POV. Politics do not control the story, just the war itself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently showed this movie to my high school government class. We have been discussing the war in Iraq and collectively over the months, I have truly attempted to teach from a neutral prospective, letting students form their own opinions. After viewing the movie my room was totally silent which is not the norm for high school students. Then the students' emotions, reactions, discussions all erupted at once. It's been 3 days since we watched the movie and the students are still talking about it, with one another, with me, and with other students who did not view the movie. Two students have asked to borrow my copy so they can watch it again and they are going to watch it with their parents because they want their parents to see this movie. By far...it is one of the best educational tools I have ever purchased and presented. My students came face to face with the reality that the war is being fought by young men and women only a year or two older than they are - it now is real to them and not just some sound bite on the evening news.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This a war movie unlike any other. It is a documentary that follows the lives of American soldiers living in Gunner Palace and dealing with day to day life while at war. Unlike other war documentaries Gunner Palace takes a very neutral approach at telling the story. This is a breath of fresh air in this genre. It is very interesting to see soldiers' take on the war and their experiences. A brilliant film!