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American Sniper (2014)

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Navy S.E.A.L. sniper Chris Kyle's pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can't leave behind.

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Clint Eastwood

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bradley Cooper ... Chris Kyle
Kyle Gallner ... Goat-Winston
Cole Konis Cole Konis ... Young Chris Kyle
Ben Reed ... Wayne Kyle
Elise Robertson ... Deby Kyle
Luke Sunshine ... Young Jeff Kyle
Troy Vincent ... Pastor
Brandon Salgado Telis ... Bully (as Brandon Salgado-Telis)
Keir O'Donnell ... Jeff Kyle
Marnette Patterson ... Sarah
Jason Hall ... Cowboy
Billy Miller ... Navy Recruiter
Leonard Roberts ... Instructor Rolle
Jason Walsh Jason Walsh ... Instructor #2
Reynaldo Gallegos ... Tony (as Rey Gallegos)
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Storyline

Chris Kyle was nothing more than a Texan man who dreamed of becoming a cowboy, but in his thirties he found out that maybe his life needed something different, something where he could express his real talent, something that could help America in its fight against terrorism. So he joined the SEALs in order to become a sniper. After marrying, Kyle and the other members of the team are called for their first tour of Iraq. Kyle's struggle isn't with his missions, but about his relationship with the reality of the war and, once returned at home, how he manages to handle it with his urban life, his wife and kids. Written by Evandro Martirano

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Taglines:

The most lethal sniper in U.S. history See more »

Genres:

Action | Biography | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong and disturbing war violence, and language throughout including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Details

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

16 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Sniper See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$58,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$633,456, 28 December 2014

Gross USA:

$350,126,372

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$547,426,372
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

As of 2015, this is the highest-grossing war movie of all time worldwide, as well as the highest-grossing war movie in the U.S. (unadjusted for inflation), beating Saving Private Ryan (1998). Steven Spielberg, Director of Saving Private Ryan (1998), was previously attached to direct this movie. See more »

Goofs

When the SEALs go out on a mission after 'Biggles' is shot, they are attacked by a group of insurgents in a car; after killing the insurgents, one of the HMMWVs crash into the car and then into a wall, fracturing and holing the left front edge of the vehicle and taking a rear-view mirror off. In the same scene when the convoy parked at the target building, the same HMMWV appears undamaged. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Chris Kyle: It's a fuckin' hot-box.
soldier: The fuckin' dirt here tastes like dog shit.
Chris Kyle: Ah, well you'd know, wouldn't you?
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Crazy Credits

Footage of the real Chris Kyle's memorial service is featured during the first half of the end credits, while the instrumental "The Funeral" by Ennio Morricone plays on the soundtrack. Following the music and the footage, the rest of the end credits play in complete silence. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Modern Family: American Skyper (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

The Funeral
Written and performed by Ennio Morricone
Courtesy of Universal Music Ricordi srl.
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Gritty and Gripping
10 January 2015 | by victukiSee all my reviews

Chris Kyle was the most lethal sniper in the U.S. military history. He apparently killed more than 250 Iraqui insurgents, though the Pentagon only credited him around 160, which nevertheless made him a legend of the U.S. Army. I started to read the book last year but stopped doing it since I first heard about the project. Eastwood and Cooper on board, that is promising. And of course they both deliver, and "American Sniper" is dense and blunt, quite like a shot.

Cooper plays Chris Kyle, the ultimate "American": religious, patriot and uncompromising in his convictions. He is a noble and honest man regarding every aspect of his life, and that is something to respect. Cooper already played a soldier in "The A-Team" remake (Joe Carnahan, 2010), and it seems that he showed great abilities in the military stunts, and showed interest in the work of the army. He bulked up 20 kg and went through a really tough training, including Navy SEAL sniper sessions. Sienna Miller plays his wife Taya, who suffered the effects of war on his husband, despite his strong belief and determination. Her unconditional love was a massive support for Kyle.

Eastwood has made an intense and heartfelt film, one of his trademarks, absent shows and unnecessary politics or philosophy. This is obviously the classic "American" patriotic film, but it differs from others in the approach of the man, who is an instrument to a purpose, yet a human being totally aware of what he does.

Bottom line, this film is almost perfect in many aspects, and the only thing that does not hook me is how much it reminds me to "The Hurt Locker" (Kathryn Bigelow, 2008). That was way more focused on the adrenaline addiction the main character had, but the behavior of both characters after tours seemed to me pretty alike.


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