1 hour, 34 minutes
R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
Capably narrated by Josh Brolin, director Amir Bar-Lev has made a penetrating and important documentary that astutely examines not only the combat record, but also many Americans' penchant for military glorification and questions the motives of commanding officers and higher-ups, including the top Bush administration Gulf War generals, as well as former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. News clips, archival footage and interviews with Tillman family members provide perspective on Pat's life and unfortunate death. The truth is that even after all the lies were unmasked, not a single active duty solider or Bush administration official was held responsible in Tillman's death.
Additional DVD Features: Look Behind the Scenes: "Pat Tillman, The Man, The Mission, The Legacy"
|Born in 1976, Patrick Tillman was an all-around athlete from the
San Jose, CA area recruited as a linebacker for Arizona State
University's football team who went on to play for the NFL's
Arizona Cardinals. Not long after starting his very promising
career, Tillman left the team following the
September 11 attacks to enlist with the Army Rangers. Although he
never publicly discussed his personal motivations, in 2002 he began
a three-year tour of duty, along with his brother Kevin. His first
posting to Iraq convinced Tillman that the war that he'd
volunteered to fight was terribly misguided. His second tour took
Tillman to Afghanistan and the front lines of confrontation with
In April 2004, the Army reported that Tillman had been killed in
action after saving dozens of comrades from an enemy ambush, an act
of bravery that earned him a posthumous Silver Star. Astoundingly,
almost nothing about this account was true, as his family
first found out five weeks later following another official
announcement. In fact, an investigation revealed that Tillman
was killed by friendly fire.
As Pat's mother Dannie Tillman sifted through thousands of pages of
documents from the inquiry, it became clear that although her son's
death was accidental, the Army's decision to falsify the record and
portray Tillman as a hero who saved other soldiers was a calculated
attempt to cover-up the facts. The misrepresentation was only undone
by Mrs. Tillman's painstaking investigation of the heavily redacted
official record and Patrick Tillman Sr.'s accusations of fraud
regarding the Defense Department's inadequate explanations.