The Tillman Story (2010) Why make a documentary about a subject as well-covered by the media as Pat Tillman, the Arizona Cardinals star who put his football career on… 2010-08-20 R PT104M Documentary Josh Brolin The Weinstein Company
Movie Review

The Tillman Story (2010)

MPAA Rating: R
THE FOG OF WAR Pat Tillman and his brother Kevin in happier days before The Tillman Story
Image credit: Donald Lee
THE FOG OF WAR Pat Tillman and his brother Kevin in happier days before The Tillman Story
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Limited Release: Aug 20, 2010; Rated: R; Length: 104 Minutes; Genre: Documentary; With: Josh Brolin; Distributor: The Weinstein Company

Why make a documentary about a subject as well-covered by the media as Pat Tillman, the Arizona Cardinals star who put his football career on hold to join the U.S. Army Rangers? Because after Tillman was killed (by friendly fire) in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004, the way his tragic death was lied about, by both the Bush administration and the military, became a study in the evils of American political image manipulation. Amir Bar-Lev's morally incisive The Tillman Story unravels the deceptions — and the deep dishonor — that inflated life-size valor into fake superheroism. B+

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Originally posted Aug 25, 2010 Published in issue #1118 Sep 03, 2010 Order article reprints