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The Tillman Story

Friday, August 20, 2010

Director Amir Bar-Lev discusses his documentary “The Tillman Story.” It tells the story of Pat Tillman, a professional football player who left the NFL to join the Army Rangers in 2002 and became an instant symbol of patriotic fervor and unflinching duty. When the government tried to turn his death into propaganda, Pat’s mother led the family’s crusade to reveal the truth beneath the mythology of their son’s life and death. “The Tillman Story” opens Friday, August 20, at the AMC Lincoln Square Cinema and Sunshine Landmark Cinema.

Guests:

Amir Bar-Lev

Comments [14]

Tony from ATL

"The general who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, whose only thought is to protect his country and do good service for his sovereign, is the jewel of the kingdom."

Sun Tzu

Aug. 21 2010 04:20 PM
Em

I think lecturing and berating his potential audience will not help his case, and I suggest he modify his rhetoric. After all, a documentary that is given an art cinema release several years after the event, can hardly be viewed as an urgent call to arms. In the meantime, this pleb will wait for Netflix.

Aug. 20 2010 01:21 PM

Israeli men serve 3 years minimum! i don't think mr. bar lev's nationality in any way affects the facts of this story - which are pretty fantastic

Aug. 20 2010 01:19 PM
Ron from NY

seems they're prosecuting Roger Clemens (I've never been a fan) for lying but it's ok for the lies the government made up in the Lynch and Tillman case......

Aug. 20 2010 01:14 PM

Surely the R rating also does political work. Certainly, when that vile little censor Jack Valenti would probably have forced an NC-17 on it.

Aug. 20 2010 12:56 PM
office from office

Maybe Mr.Amir Ben-lev can go to Isreal and tear down that military. Oh no, the IDF is a wonderous institution. Only the US has faults.
I would bet 100 bucks Mr. Ben Lev, served his year in the IDF.

Aug. 20 2010 12:54 PM

Bravo, Amir Bar-Lev -- you have summed up perfectly why the truth about American war crimes or Wall Street or Health Insurers or mine disasters -- you name it -- does indeed get out, but fails to sway broad public opinion.

Aug. 20 2010 12:52 PM
john from office

All militaries seek propaganda.

I understand, that the job of the press is to tear down the military and embarrass the country. But Propaganda has always been involved in all wars.

Len, how about a postive military story about some wounded veterans.

Aug. 20 2010 12:49 PM

Didn't Mr. Lopate have someone on just a week or two ago who claimed that the press did _nothing_ wrong -- nothing at all -- in the Jessica Lynch fiasco?

Aug. 20 2010 12:48 PM
Janet

There are so many great documentaries out there, like this one, but if they are not put on
television, they reach a very small audience.
I certainly hope this one will get a broader viewing eventually.

Aug. 20 2010 12:48 PM
John from office

While the coverup was improper, I wonder if Len would give this story the time of day if it were not anti military and if it was a true heroic American story. No he would not.

Aug. 20 2010 12:47 PM

Wasn't Pat Tillman fragged for his criticism of the war?

Aug. 20 2010 12:47 PM
Phoebe from NJ

Jon Krakauer's book ("Where Men Win Glory") about Pat Tillman and the military cover-up of his death is an excellent read.

Aug. 20 2010 12:01 PM

The rolling stone general (McChrystal) was very involved in the friendly fire coverup.
General McChrystal Talks To Rolling Stone and Colbert reads between the lines.
http://www.newslook.com/videos/223007-general-mcchrystal-talks-to-rolling-stone?autoplay=true.

Aug. 20 2010 11:22 AM

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