The Tillman Story
a mystery. a cover up. a crime. one family will risk everything for the truth.
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- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 35 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: February 1, 2011
- Originally Released: 2009
- Label: Sony Pictures
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Director of Photography:
|Igor Martinovic & Sean Kirby
The Tillman Story is an astonishing case study that drives home the familiar adage that truth is the first casualty of war. Full Review
Rating: 3/4 -- Bar-Lev's documentary's greatest service isn't in recounting the Army's back-pedaling so much as underscoring how communal needs and family grief don't perfectly align. And that political usefulness may attempt to trump all other rites.
Rating: 3/4 -- The Tillman Story clearly lays out exactly what happened that caused Tillman to be blown to bits by fellow U.S.forces -- and the government's efforts to whitewash the story to avoid mounting criticism of the war.
It's not a particularly well-made documentary, but it doesn't need to be.
These are not popular films, but they are intrinsically essential to our understanding of citizenship and discipleship in the modern world. Full Review
National Catholic Reporter
Filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev spins a fascinating, shattering and finally appalling story of his own as he deconstructs the official story and leads viewers on an absorbing search for the truth.
Amir Bar-Lev's powerful film, Tillman, takes in that whole sordid period in the life of America and portrays the singular Tillman family vividly and wonderfully. Full Review
In 2002, as America was poised to go to war in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Pat Tillman, a defensive back with the Arizona Cardinals, joined the United States Army, believing he had a duty to serve in a time of need even though he had signed a lucrative deal to play professional football. Tillman served a tour of duty in Iraq and was on patrol in Afghanistan when, on April 22, 2004, he was killed during a reconnaissance mission near the border of Pakistan. When word spread about Tillman's death, the Army issued a press release declaring he'd been shot down while trying to heroically block the fire of a band of Taliban insurgents. While the Army's story painted a glowing picture of the fallen soldier and athlete, some of the details sounded suspect to Tillman's family, and in time they began asking questions. As it happens, Tillman's parents were outspoken in their opposition to the war in Iraq, and after he had seen what was happening firsthand, so was Tillman, who had been a sharp student with an interest in politics during his college years. In time, Tillman's parents demanded an investigation into their son's death, and the testimony of several witnesses revealed that Tillman wasn't felled during an act of heroism -- his death was the result of "friendly fire" by men from his own company, shooting indiscriminately at an unknown target. Filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev examines Pat Tillman's unusual life and times, the facts about his death, how and why the military created a cover story to hide the truth, and his family's battle to bring the real story into the open in the documentary THE TILLMAN STORY, which received its world premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
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