The Long Road Home: Miniseries (2017)


Miniseries
The Long Road Home

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Though narrow in scope, The Long Road Home is a sobering and respectfully told tribute to soldiers and their families.

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Critic Ratings: 13

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User Ratings: 50

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Air date: Nov 7, 2017

As newly arrived American troops settle in for their first wartime deployment to Sadr City, Baghdad, a platoon led by Lt. Shane Aguero gets ambushed during a routine sanitation support mission to the city slums.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2017

The First Cavalry Division launches a rescue mission when one of their platoons is ambushed by thousands of enemy insurgents in Baghdad; as news breaks, the lives of the soldiers' families at Fort Hood are thrown into chaos and uncertainty.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2017

Lt. Shane Aguero and his platoon take refuge in a house and set up defensive positions; at Camp War Eagle, Volesky and Denomy launch a rescue mission to retake the city and free their men.

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Air date: Nov 14, 2017

Denomy's mettle is tested when he leads the first rescue into Sadr City under heavy fire; at Fort Hood, Gina Denomy faces challenges of her own as a new leader of the Family Readiness Group and the mother of a newborn.

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Air date: Nov 21, 2017

Miltenberger and his men become stranded in the city in increasingly dangerous conditions as night falls; Denomy and Volesky regroup for another rescue attempt while Aguero and his men brace for contact; LeAnn and Gina try to reassure the families.

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Air date: Nov 28, 2017

Interpreter Jassim al-Lani's troubled past is revealed and his allegiances are tested; tensions rise in the alley house as the insurgents change tactics and force Aguero to make a decision that will scar his platoon forever.

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Air date: Dec 4, 2017

Tomas Young learns about the realities of war when Miltenberger's troop comes under fire; for Young, this moment marks the beginning of a lifelong struggle, with far-reaching consequences, through which he'll touch countless lives.

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Air date: Dec 11, 2017

With Aguero out of play and the supply of ammunition fast diminishing, Bourquin struggles to signal helicopters in a desperate last-ditch effort to get located, culminating in a climactic final battle.

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Air date: Dec 18, 2017

The rescuers finally punch through to the stranded platoon; eight hours and seven minutes after the first shots were fired, the men of the 1st Cavalry Division are reunited, and must cope with the new realities of the war that has just begun.

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Cast & Crew

Michael Kelly
Lt. Col. Gary Volesky

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Jason Ritter
Capt. Troy Denomy

Actor
E.J. Bonilla
Lt. Shane Aguero

Actor
Kate Bosworth
Gina Denomy

Actor
Sarah Wayne Callies
LeAnn Volesky

Actor
Noel Fisher
Pfc. Tomas Young

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Jeremy Sisto
Staff Sgt. Robert Miltenberger

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Jon Beavers
Sgt. Eric Bourquin

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Jorge Diaz
Spc. Israel Garza

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Ian Quinlan
Spc. Robert Arsiaga

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Darius Homayoun
Jassim al-Lani

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Critic Reviews for The Long Road Home: Miniseries

Audience Reviews for The Long Road Home: Miniseries

  • Mar 16, 2018
    BEST SHOW EVER! MAKES YOU WANNA CRY. SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, AND AMERICA.
  • Dec 22, 2017
    Very well done. Neither glorifies or denigrates, does not demonize or make false heros. I am retired Army and this might be the best representation I have ever seen.
  • Dec 19, 2017
    Requires some patience but well worth it in the end. April 2004. The US 1st Cavalry Division has recently relieved the 1st Armored Division in its occupation of Sadr City, Baghdad. Everything seems peaceful until one day a platoon is ambushed in the city while on patrol. The platoon holes up in a house and reinforcements are sent to extract them. However, the relief column is itself ambushed, the main aim of the initial ambush. What follows is a life-and-death struggle against overwhelming odds. Based on actual events. Pretty good, but requires some patience to get there. I was initially expecting a Generation Kill-like series, i.e. based on a true military story, follow a unit and are engaged by the camaraderie, gritty action scenes. However, the series immediately failed on the engagement front. Scenes showing soldiers with their family seemed token, padded and superficially sentimental. The unit brotherhood also seemed quite artificial, with forced, unnatural-feeling dialogue and interactions. The first 2-3 episodes were all like this, to the point where I was thinking of giving up on the series. Comparing it with Generation Kill is obviously a very high standard to emulate, as Generation Kill is one of the best military mini-series of all time (only Band of Brothers is better), so maybe disappointment was inevitable. However, from a point, the series clicked into gear. The soldiers’ backstories went from mundane meet-the-family stuff to interesting series of events, linking in with their current situation and revealing their characters. The dialogue and interactions became more plausible. These all lifted the engagement level significantly. In addition. the action got grittier, more intense and more compelling. The final episode is very poignant, with a great emotionally-manipulative twist. Makes the effects of war very realistic and stark. Overall, a good series, just don’t give up in the first few episodes – it gets a whole lot better.
  • Dec 05, 2017
    I really wanted to like this series, but I can't. It plays like a Disney film flooded with personal opinion, fantasy human responses and bad child actors who were given horrible, overly dramatic roles. Real life human response to these stressful situations are not alway pretty but it's genuine, also providing an open window into the insurgents POV would have made this series far more superior and believable. Honestly, it feels like a soap opera made for housewives, where just about every scenario has a picture perfect response, just like a Disney film would.
  • Nov 22, 2017
    I have been forcing myself to watch this series so far up to Episode 4 and don't think I can take much more. The pace of each episode is slow & grueling. The character acting is superficial. A lot of hype with the trailers and TV spots that looked better than the actual series. Not worth the 45 mins run time!
  • Nov 18, 2017
    Today I watched episode #3 of The Long Road Home. It's just another war movie with a not-so-subtle liberal slant that's flavored with a good healthy helping of righteous shame. This time Martha Radditz does her dissing of our American military by portraying them as demoralized, bumbling idiots (Where oh where are my flares? I must have dropped them!) . She's snatched the crown away from Oliver Stone. During the 49 minutes of episode #3, I found at least four instances of material purloined from other war movies. Examples: (From Saving Pvt Ryan) What's a good fire fight scene without the soldier who recites scripture before squeezing off a round? (From Platoon) Sgt Barnes is famous for asking some of his pot-smokers, "What do yall know about killing?" In Long Road Home, the word "War" was inserted to replace, "killing". The soldier used the same mocking-type inflection in his delivery. (From American Sniper) An "innocent" child approaches an AK-47 lying on the ground. "Don't pick it up, kid!" states the soldier to himself as he's about to shoot him. (From Blackhawk Down) a Blackhawk helicopter in the streets of Mogadishu is substituted with a Humvee on a Sadar City street. Both overrun by seemingly hundreds of enemy combatants. Our troops went through hell over there, as they've done in every other war and it's our duty to embrace and support them. Fifty years ago it was Martha Radditz and her type that were spitting on my fellow Marines as we returned from Vietnam. She was wrong then and she's not making it alright now. This miniseries is absolute rehashed junk.
  • Nov 18, 2017
    Absolutely stunning and viscerally gripping. I would totally recommend it to anyone interested in history. Especially since this history happened no too long ago.
  • Nov 09, 2017
    If I was a soldier pinned in by enemy fire in Iraq, I would want rescue by my fellow soldiers as quickly as possible. That probably happens in real life. A fellow soldier getting attacked, heck, you are going to the rescue ASAP. You don’t stop and eat, you don’t halt the rescue so you can pray.It was so unbelievable that all this angst occurred before anyone attempted a rescue. It turned me off to this series. Not believable.

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