Original Release Date: January 1, 2008
Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 21 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: January 15, 2008
- Originally Released: 2007
- Label: Docurama
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 02/09/2007
"The visual images illustrating these recollections are pertinent wartime montages....The most heartbreaking story is Jack Lewis's 'Road Work'..."
Entertainment Weekly - 04/13/2007
"[T]his eloquent and moving documentary brings us closer to the emotions of the soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan than perhaps any previous examination." -- Grade: A-
Box Office - 06/01/2007
"[The soldiers] convey their thoughts with honesty and clarity."
Description by OLDIES.com:
This pioneering film illuminates the extraordinary experiences of American servicemen and women through their own powerful stories. Based on the acclaimed NEA-sponsored book of the same name, this eloquent and moving (Entertainment Weekly) film offers a profound look at the lives of those serving in America s armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Distinguished actors like Robert Duvall, Beau Bridges and Aaron Eckhart give voice to the poems, stories, essays, letters, and journal entries of people on the frontlines. Weaving these dramatic readings with interviews with their authors, OPERATION HOMECOMING transforms the written word into a living, breathing look at the human side of America s current military conflicts. An honest and intensely personal look at war through firsthand accounts, this groundbreaking documentary adds depth to individual experiences by looking at them within the context of the long and venerable tradition of war writing. By turns poetic, comic, and chilling (Variety), this film gives voice to those heroes who have served and wish to share their experiences with the world.
DVD Features: Deleted Interview Clips; Poetry Reading; Men in Black Illustrated Storyboard; Making of the Short Film Featurette; Theatrical Trailer; 5.1 Sound
Richard E. Robbins's documentary revisits the war in Iraq from the perspective of the American soldiers who have fought in it, using their own words. The film is based on a National Endowment for the Arts project that gathered writings by soldiers and their families. Stars including Blair Underwood, Justin Kirk, Aaron Eckhart, Chris Gorham, John Krasinski, and Robert Duvall appear in interviews and readings of the soldiers' writings. Ranging through poetry, short stories, letters, and memoirs, the featured material aims to bring the experience of war closer to home.
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