American Soldiers: A Day in Iraq (2005)


Introduction

American Soldiers is a 2005 war film directed by Sidney J. Furie.

Also known as American Soldiers (original title), Combat Zone (Norway, Finland, and Sweden)

Outline

Iraq, 2004: during a routine sortie a US patrol is ambushed and the young soldiers are forced to put their training and skills into action fast. A determined foe with superior local knowledge, the Fedayeen insurgents soon draw them into close quarter combat and a desperate fight for survival.

Cast

  • Curtis Morgan as Specialist Tyler Jackson.
  • Zan Calabretta as Sergeant Delvecchio.
  • Jordan Brown as Specialist Cohen.
  • Eddie Della Siepe as Private First Class Roy Pena.
  • Paul Sturino as Private First Class Dowdy.
  • Ben Gilbank as Private First Class Aikens.
  • Shaun Taylor as Sergeant Ron Stalker (as Shaun Garrett).
  • Brett Ryan as Specialist Romeo.
  • Philippe Buckland as Specialist Deke Carver.
  • Michael Belisaro as Private First Class Johnson (as Michael Belisario).
  • Vince Salonia as Lieutenant Ahmed.
  • James Gilbert as National Guard Lieutenant Banning (as Jim Gilbert).
  • Jason Matheson as National Guard Lieutenant Diggs.
  • Alastair Love as National Guard Sergeant Wilkes.
  • Josh Campbell as National Guard Private First Class. Kelly.
  • Jesse Ryder Hughes as National Guard Specialist Cooper (as Jesse Hughes).
  • Danny Kharazmi as Insurgent.
  • Rashid Al Switi as Bad Cop.
  • Omar Balika as Fedayeen Leader.
  • Mohamed Safi as Doctor #1.
  • Michael Challenor as Doctor #2.
  • Sergio de la Rocha as CIA Contractor.
  • Kevin Jake Walker as Aide.
  • Andrea Drepaul as Station Nurse.
  • Saeideh Mohajer as Nurse #2.
  • Rachael Ancheril as Nurse #3.

Trivia

  • During the Special Features “Making Of/Behind The Scenes” segment included on the DVD, it is explained that the movie was filmed in Canada.
    • The producers couldn’t easily find locations with palm trees to add realism to outside scenes.
    • Two Special Effects personnel are shown moving “fake palm trees” into position and standing them up on their large flat bases, just like setting up orange traffic cones.
    • Dirt and weeds are shown being placed around the base to add to the illusion of them being real trees.
  • The film was constantly being rewritten during production in order to keep up with the news.
  • Finished in May 2004, but sat unreleased for a full year.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Sidney J. Furie.
  • Producer(s):
    • Sidney J. Furie … producer.
    • Gary Howsam … executive producer.
    • Paul Lees … line producer.
    • Eli Necakov … associate producer.
    • Curtis Petersen … producer.
    • Christopher Petzel … executive producer.
    • Lewin Webb … executive producer.
  • Writer(s):
    • Greg Mellott (screenplay).
  • Music:
    • Varouje.
  • Cinematography:
    • Curtis Petersen.
  • Editor(s):
    • Eduardo Martinez.
  • Production:
    • Peace Arch Entertainment Group.
  • Distributor(s):
    • Kye Films (2006) (Philippines) (theatrical).
    • THINKFilm (2005) (USA) (theatrical).
    • Acteurs Auteurs Associés (AAA) (2007) (France) (video).
    • Dimension Pictures (2010) (India) (all media) (English & Dubbed Version for India & SAARC Countries).
    • Edel Media & Entertainment (2014) (Germany) (DVD).
    • Edel Media & Entertainment (2014) (Germany) (Blu-ray) (DVD).
    • Front Row Filmed Entertainment (2004) (United Arab Emirates) (all media) (Middle East).
    • M.I.B. (2006) (Germany) (DVD).
    • Peace Arch Entertainment Group (2005) (World-wide) (all media).
    • Velocity Home Entertainment (2006) (USA) (DVD).
    • W4tchTV (2021) (France) (video) (PVD).
  • Release Date: 31 August 2005 (Brazil, DVD Premiere).
  • Rating: 15/R.
  • Running Time: 103 minutes.
  • Country: Canada.
  • Language: English.

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