Fighting for Life (2008)



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Filmmaker Terry Sanders is offered unprecedented access to combat support hospitals in Iraq, medevac flights, and military hospitals both in Germany and the United States for this documentary portrait of the American military medicine system. In addition to interweaving stories about American military medical workers forced to work against the chaotic backdrop of the Iraq War, the wounded soldiers whose lives have been forever changed in combat, and the USU medical students who strive to become career military physicians, the film also traces the remarkable journey of 21-year-old Army Specialist Crystal Davis as she travels from Iraq to Germany to Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C., while attempting to spring back into action after losing a leg. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Documentary , Drama , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Fighting for Life

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (9)

Fighting for Life puts courageous faces on men and women who might otherwise be anonymous statistics at a time when injured soldiers are rarely seen on TV.

Full Review… | March 21, 2008
Wall Street Journal
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Though in surer hands, the class's simulated mass-casualty situation, replete with ghoulish prosthetic wounds, might've been a masterpiece.

March 18, 2008
Village Voice
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will prove deeply moving to audience members of any political persuasion.

March 18, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
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Fighting for Life is essential viewing at a time when, five years on, the war's human cost is still too often mired in partisan rhetoric and administration spin.

Full Review… | March 13, 2008
Washington Post
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Shot in battlefield hospitals in Iraq and rehab centers in the United States, Fighting for Life takes an unflinching look at the physical sacrifices of soldiers and marines.

Full Review… | March 7, 2008
New York Times
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The result isn't pro-war, just pro cleaning up the mess, one amputee at a time.

March 7, 2008
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Fighting for Life

Hollywood should either set up web cams in Iraq and Afghanistan or forget making movies. The real soldiers fighting for their lives are the returning veterans and not just those with post traumatic stress disorder. Only one movie as of this date has dared film the Iraq theatre in depth with servicemen and women shooting footage and it was sponsored by religious organizations not commercial studios. For insight into how returning vets are treated and one who your letters could help see the web site Even heroic plantoon leaders get falsely framed and arrested and end up fighting for their lives from behind bars. C'mon Holywood lets get real!

Stephen Snyder
Stephen Snyder

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