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Operation Homecoming

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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 together with interviews with their authors, Operation Homecoming transforms the written world 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 lets them share their experiences with the world.


Studio New Video Group
SKU 205834914
UPC 767685102404
UPC 14 00767685102404
Format DVD
Release Date 1/15/2008
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Name Duvall,Robert
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Cast & Crew
Aaron Eckhart - Featuring
Beau Bridges - Featuring
Ben Decter - Original Music By
Colby Buzzell, et. al. - Writer
Gillian McCarthy - Editor
Jason Ellson - Cinematographer
John Krasinski - Featuring
Kristin Lesko - Producer
Regina O'Brien - Art Director
Richard Robbins - Director
Robert Duvall - Featuring
Tom Yellin - Executive Producer
Nominee (2008) Oscar, Richard Robbins, Best Documentary, Features
ReviewSource Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Review Richard Robbins, an award-winning producer and director of documentaries for PBS cable and the network TV, helms this unique and emotionally moving documentary about 'war is hell' in his feature film debut. It grew out of a project created by the National Endowment for the Arts to collect writings from journals, letters, poetry, fiction, or essays by soldiers who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The soldiers' heartfelt writings from their first-hand experience is read by the soldier-writer/poet Brian Turner and the following celebrities--Beau Bridges, Robert Duvall, Chris Gorham, Aaron Eckhart, Justin Kirk, John Krasinski, and Josh Lucas...The well-presented film is valued for its clearsighted and crisp observations of the war front by soldiers itching to communicate their "blood and guts" feelings and the uncovering of how back home this horrible war, that these earnest and brave young soldiers are asked to risk their lives for, has more or less become the forgotten war, except when it's kicked around like a football by the political pundits. One established writer suggests the country becomes decadent when it loses sight of what the troops are doing and their daily hardships. This film (more like a PBS special than a film) does a great service by putting a human face behind the current tragedy and making it less abstract for the public; it also brings the human tragedy story to the public from the grunts point of view.
Reviewer Dennis Schwartz
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Los Angeles Times
Review The documentary "Operation Homecoming" grew out of a project created by the National Endowment for the Arts to gather writings of all kinds -- journals, letters, poetry, fiction, essays -- by soldiers who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. As stated in the film, the idea was to "start a new chapter in the long history of war writing," a lineage that stretches from as far back as "The Iliad" to "The Red Badge of Courage," encompassing as well "Dispatches" and "Jarhead"...If only the film, directed by Richard E. Robbins, were up to the task of integrating both the specifics of contemporary reflections on current conflicts and the greater history of wartime writing. Rather, it often feels like two different movies. One is a collection of talking heads speaking generally about the nature of writing about war, sort of a dry blend of C-SPAN and the History Channel. The other film competing for attention is a series of dramatic readings voiced by such formidable talent as Beau Bridges, Robert Duvall, Aaron Eckhart, Justin Kirk, John Krasinski and others. Robbins tries mightily to find unique ways to visually portray each reading, and some, such as an animated sequence that is the film's highlight, do capture a sense of both the writing itself and the traumas of the experience.
Reviewer Mark Olsen
ReviewRating 7
Product Attributes
Actor Duvall,Robert
Label New Video Group
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Boston Herald Beautifully illustrated and emotionally powerful.
Entertainment Weekly Eloquent and moving. Positively brilliant.
The New York Times War can turn ordinary men...into latter-day Hemingways.
Variety ...poetic, comic, and chilling...

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