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Body of War - The True Story of an Anti-War Hero
Body of War - The True Story of an Anti-War Hero
Actor: Tomas Young
Directors: Phil Donahue, Ellen Spiro
Genres: Educational, Documentary, Military & War
G     2008     1hr 27min

Paralyzed from the chest down after serving in Iraq for just one week, 25-year-old Tomas Young is forced to deal with the realities of war each and every day. For Tomas, learning to cope with his disability meant finding h...  more »


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Actor: Tomas Young
Directors: Phil Donahue, Ellen Spiro
Genres: Educational, Documentary, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Educational, Iraq War, History, Military & War, Military & War
Studio: Docurama
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 10/28/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 27min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: G (General Audience)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

How many deaths will it take?
J. L LaRegina | New Jersey | 08/08/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As I write this in August 2008, the documentary BODY OF WAR has yet to find wide release in movie theaters. I saw the film at an independent screening that included an appearance by director Phil Donahue. According to Mr. Donahue, because of previously unsuccessful films dealing with the current Iraq war/occupation distributors passed on this story of Tomas Young, an American soldier a bullet paralyzes.

The fate of BODY OF WAR reflects the reason the failed Iraq conflict continues. Most Americans know there is no good explanation for invading and occupying Iraq. Yet too few protest and even fewer appear willing to even see a movie about it. Tens of thousands die and millions suffer but it does not seem to affect Americans enough for the tragedy to end.

America invaded Iraq because many in Congress and other positions of power turned blind eyes and deaf ears to the Bush administration's lies. Today almost everyone wants it to stop, yet those same men and women in authority let the violence carry on. As long as too many Americans seemingly do little more than wish the Iraq disaster would go away, it won't.

Thus it is no surprise to see BODY OF WAR passages depicting the poor health care Tomas Young and other Iraq veterans receive from the government. Just as George W. Bush doesn't want the public to see coffins with a return address "Iraq," Congress and he give the wounded soldiers as little attention as possible. Bush and Congress continue spending billions on death and destruction but Mr. Young receives such insufficient help from the country he served, it falls on his wife and mother to get him through the day. And while no force is stronger than a woman's love, BODY OF WAR shows us even that can't pick up the slack for an American government that won't take care of the individuals it sends to war.

At the June 25, 2008, BODY OF WAR screening I attended, Phil Donahue said Tomas Young was struggling with his health. Here's wishing Mr. Young the best and hoping it will not take one more death for BODY OF WAR to find the audience it deserves - and for American soldiers to finally come home.

Not JUST an Anti War Film
J. Gould | 11/03/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have seen this film three times and am dismayed that so few will have the chance to see it because some suit declared it not commercial. I took my children to see this film and it really affected them.
This is not just another anti-war film, it is the story of what happens to our veterans when they get home and about the unsung heroes in life. Everyone who supports veterans should feel an obligation to see this film. Everyone who believes that there are no more honest decent politicians owe it to themselves to allow Senator Robert Byrd to crush our callousness. Everyone who thinkss they would never sit idlely by while evil was done in their names, allow this film to make you think again. If you love America, PLEASE PLEASE SEE THIS FILM AND PASS IT ON TO SOMEONE ELSE."
A brave and broken hero
C. Christopher Blackshere | I am the devil's reject | 02/09/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

""We're gonna find the evildoers, and smoke 'em outta their hole!"

Just after the tragic events of 9/11, President Bush tries to rally the troops and prepare the country for war. Fueled by patriotism, Tomas Young calls his recruiter, anxious to do his part for America.
After being trained, he becomes startled as he soon learns he's getting shipped to Iraq instead of Afghanistan. And once there, his life quickly gets shattered. An Iraqi bullet left him paralyzed from the chest down.
He's eventually shipped back home to Kansas City, MO, given a medal, and quickly forgotten about by the people that sent him overseas. It's a terrible shame.

This documentary concentrates on his life after the injury. It's a shocking, eye-opening experience. Tomas speaks out against the war, while struggling severely with his injury and the mental burden he's forced to carry. He joins VATW(Veterans Against The War) and beckons our political leaders for answers.

Body of War is directed by Phil Donahue. It includes a powerful soundtrack by Eddie Vedder.
Plus, it shows real footage of Senators, such as McCain and Mrs. Clinton, speaking for the war cause just after 9/11.
One very interesting note, several Black leaders spoke out against the war in Iraq, warning us of the financial crisis and unfounded reasons behind such actions. Their voices went unheard.

A must-see documentary that will really hit home. STAY STRONG TOMAS!!"
All anyone needs to know about war
Thomas Janowski | Rochester, NY United States | 05/02/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Contrary to popular belief. War is not pretty. War does not create heros. War leaves no one untouched. For any parent thinking their sons or daughters can go to war and come back relatively unscathed, think again.

War does two things very creates orphans and it creates children. Tomas is one of those children. Tomas came back from Iraq and now depends on this mother and others to take care of him. No scene says this more than mom helping Tomas insert a cath in the back of their van.

Tomas has no choice anymore. He is a child in his mother's care just as much as any new born would be.

To watch Tomas struggle so much after proudly serving his country is beyond sad. To watch Tomas struggle just to get the medical and attention he deserves from the US is also beyond sad.