The Tillman story [videorecording]

  Jason  Review by:  Jason

Title:  The Tillman Story

Documentary: Pat Tillman, Josh Brolin, Mary Tillman, Russell Baer, Patrick Tillman Sr.

Collection:  Movies

The Tillman Story is a fascinating documentary that sheds light on the death of former Arizona Cardinals football player, Pat Tillman. The news of Pat Tillman’s death in Afghanistan said that he was killed in a battle with the Taliban after his convoy was ambushed and he tried to lead his men to safety. Tillman was awarded the Silver Star for heroism and he immediately became a symbol of patriotism and sacrifice for the War on Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, information soon began to leak out that Tillman was not killed in battle, but by friendly fire.  Through Tillman’s mother’s diligent research and phone calls, she finds out that the military and government tried to cover up the truth about the death of her son in order to use his death as a propaganda tool to promote and boost public support for the wars in Iraq in Afghanistan. More disturbing is that the military visited his wife to persuade her to have a military funeral for Tillman even though he specially requested to have a private burial and service if he was killed in battle because he was afraid that his status as an NFL football player could be used by the military in a way that he might not agree with. Tillman, like the rest of his family, was a very outspoken and intelligent man who is described as a fan of the writings of both Emerson and Chomsky. This documentary is both disturbing and enlightening and I recommend checking it out if you are a fan of documentary films or have an interest in the military of the War on Terror. There is some strong language in the film, so mature audiences only.    Sundance Film Festival Selection 2010.

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