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"No matter how Baghdad-ed out you may feel, make room for Gunner Palace, a striking new documentary that shows the war in a way it's not been seen before: from the ground up." -LA Times
"Gunner Palace has a raw home video quality that's often quite beautiful" -Village Voice
½ "You don't see this on TV" -Roger Ebert
"As perhaps the least polemical documentary of the post-9/11 wave, the film aligns itself wholly with the soldiers' point of view" -The Onion
"It's more honest and involved in its portraiture of American soldiers in Iraq than anything TV news of any political persuasion has given us." -Chicago Reader
Four months after President Bush declared the end of "major combat" operations in Iraq, American soldiers of the 2/3 Field Artillery AKA the "Gunners," continued to endure what they jokingly call "minor combat." Their barracks are the bombed out pleasure palace (complete with swimming pool and putting green) of Sadaam Hussein's son, which is located right in the middle of the most volatile section of Baghdad. With total access to all unit operations and activities, filmmaker Michael Tucker provides an inside look at the war not seen on the nightly news. Gunner Palace is a chaotic, surprising, real and sometimes amusing look inside the Iraq war as experienced and told first hand by our troops.
Directed by Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein, U.S.A., 2004, 35mm, 85 mins.