Gunner Palace

"GUNNER PALACE IS A MOVIE NO ONE SHOULD MISS. Unforgettable. A raw, intimate, and improbably funny portrait of the situation in Iraq in the year after President Bush declared that "Major Combat" was over. Gunner Palace is so startling because it suggests - it shows - just how complicated the reality of this war has been."
A.O. Scott
"Riveting! An indispensable record of the war in Iraq, because it comes from the men who lived it."
Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE
"No matter how you feel about what is going on in Iraq, this is a must see. Rips away the headlines to reveal the humanity behind the conflict."
Todd David Schwartz, CBS RADIO
"A striking new documentary that shows the war in a way it has not been seen before: from the ground up."
"GUNNER PALACE is a ground-level documentary, messy and immediate, about the daily life of a combat soldier in Iraq. This film is so valuable. Not because it argues a position about the war and occupation, but because it simply goes and observes as soldiers work and play, talk and write letters home and, on a daily basis, risk their lives in sudden bursts of violence"


GUNNER PALACE reveals the complex realities of the situation in Iraq not seen on the nightly news. Told first-hand by our troops, 'Gunner Palace' presents a thought provoking portrait of a dangerous and chaotic war that is personal, highly emotional, sometimes disturbing, surprisingly amusing ... and thoroughly fascinating. Filmmaker Michael Tucker, who lived with 2/3 Field Artillery, a.k.a. "The Gunners" for two months, captures the lives and humanity of these soldiers whose barracks are the bombed-out pleasure palace of Uday Hussein (nicknamed Gunner Palace), situated in the heart of the most volatile section of Baghdad. With total access to all operations and activities, Tucker's insider footage provides a rare look at the day-to-day lives of these soldiers on the ground -- whether swimming in Uday's pool and playing golf on his putting green or executing raids on suspected terrorists, enduring roadside bombs, mortar attacks, RPGs and snipers.
Original Languages: English
Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 85 min.
Year: 2004


Michael Tucker & Petra Epperlein