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Soldiers Pay (Australian Premiere!)
David O. Russell, Tricia Regan & Juan Carlos Zaldivar, 35 mins, USA, 2004
Originally produced as an extra for a planned special release DVD of David O Russell's 1999 feature, Three Kings, Warner Bros demurred in the lead up to the November presidential election and handed the film back to the filmmakers to distribute themselves.
Russell, Regan and Zaldivar interviewed dozens of people over a six week period, assembling a range of voices and viewpoints which included veterans of 'Iraqi Freedom', Iraqi citizens who rose up against Saddam after the first Gulf War and were able to escape to the U.S., journalists, politicians, psychologists and even a two-star general who led the Marines to victory in the Gulf War. The film also tracks down Iraqi brothers, Jabir and Ghanem Al Garawi, and Al No'mani, who appeared in Three Kings.
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David O. Russell, 115 mins, USA, 1999
Director David O. Russell (Flirting with Disaster
, I # Huckabees
) brought together the eclectic talents of George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube and Spike Jonze for his 1999 feature, a Desert Storm comedy-action-drama with a razor sharp satiric tone and kinetic visual style.
Amid the celebrations marking the end of the Gulf War, four American soldiers head off into the desert in search of Kuwaiti loot but get caught up in an insurrection against Saddam Hussein. Morality gets turned on its head, as it frequently does in Russell's filmic universe, and the soldiers find themselves drawn into an 'unsanctioned' conflict, with an intrusive female reporter in hot pursuit.
Russell drew on Robert Altman's M*A*S*H, Brian G. Hutton's WWII heist comedy Kelly's Heroes (1970) and Sergio Leone, among others, for inspiration.
'one of the best movies of the year' Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
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