Murph: The Protector (2013)


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MURPH: The Protector is a feature-length documentary based on LT Michael Murphy's life of honor, courage and commitment, as told by his friends, family and teammates. Michael was raised in Patchogue, New York, attended Penn State University and then joined the U.S. Navy to serve in the SEAL Teams. Well-known for his selflessness, Michael gave his life for his men in 2005 and was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 2007. His legacy now lives on in this moving portrait of a … More

Rating: PG (for thematic material and some language)
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
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Written By: Scott Mactavish
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On DVD: Apr 8, 2014
Mactavish Pictures - Official Site

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A one-note hagiography, no matter how convincing and affecting its portrait of unimpeachable courage.

Full Review… | April 1, 2013
Village Voice
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By celebrating an actual American hero, "Murph" reminds audiences that bells and whistles, budgets and effects aren't necessary so long as filmmakers have human stories of bravery and valor to tell.

Full Review… | March 22, 2013
Washington Post
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"Murph: The Protector" reminds us of the valor expended on distant front lines and the holes left at home.

Full Review… | March 21, 2013
New York Times
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... a documentary with the limited but entirely honorable mission of commemorating the life and sacrifice of Navy Lt. Michael P. Murphy, a Navy SEAL who died in a firefight in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan in June 2005.

Full Review… | April 26, 2013
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A poignant and inspirational tribute to Lieutenant Michael Patrick Murphy.

Full Review… | March 28, 2013
NYC Movie Guru

One wonders if the filmmakers ever asked themselves who their film was intended for, or if it was at least a consciously self-serving effort from the outset.

Full Review… | March 22, 2013
Slant Magazine

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