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Hidden Wars of Desert Storm
Hidden Wars of Desert Storm
Actors: General Norman Schwarzkopf, Ramsey Clark, Scott Ritter, John Hurt
Directors: Gerard Ungerman, Audrey Brohy
Genres: Westerns, Indie & Art House, Television, Educational, Documentary
NR     2003     1hr 4min

Winner: Cine Eco International Film Festival* Grand Prize * On August 2nd, 1990, Saddam Hussein launched his troops against Kuwait, triggering the first major international crisis of the post-Soviet Union era. But was thi...  more »


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Actors: General Norman Schwarzkopf, Ramsey Clark, Scott Ritter, John Hurt
Directors: Gerard Ungerman, Audrey Brohy
Genres: Westerns, Indie & Art House, Television, Educational, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Westerns, Indie & Art House, Television, Educational, Military & War
Studio: AFD
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 02/25/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/2000
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2000
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 4min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Excellent documentary, valuable viewing
Stephen Morse | New York, NY | 12/30/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This excellent film should be seen by everyone -- particularly those looking for insight into why the U.S. has pursued the policy it has in the Middle East, and Iraq in particular. Consider this film to be anti-spin, helping to counter the various Bush administrations' myths and lies about Iraq and the motivations of our policy toward this country. You will notice the only slightly veiled racism of some of the critical reviewers: "The Distributor is worth noting" says the reviewer from D.C. -- as if calling itself 'Arab Film Distribution' is something the distributor should be ashamed of. I mean, most normal people don't watch "Schindler's List" and say: "Oh look, Stephen Spielberg is a Jew! Gosh! Can't trust this film!" ... if you know what I mean. Anyway, if the issue is supposed to be the film's objectivity, one should note instead that the filmmaker is from Switzerland, a neutral country. I would trust a Swiss journalist to report objectively about U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East a lot more than I would trust, say, Fox News (which provided targeting information to the U.S. military during the most recent Iraq war, totally destroying any credibility they may have had as objective journalists and seriously endangering their journalist colleagues), as that reviewer probably does.In any case, great work, great film -- it's nice to know that this information is out there and readily available, any time you want to know part of actual history that you won't read in the official text."
Eye opener
Rick Cain | Tulsa, OK | 12/03/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"You can't simply dismiss this DVD as yet another "Conspiracy Theory" video made by a wacko with a grudge. The people interviewed here are iraqi dissidents, state department people, UN officials, policy analysts, and former government officials.
Its a thought provoking insight into what why the USA does what it does in the middle east. I'll give you a starts with a Crude and ends with an Oil.
Whats so sad is seeing a US state department official obviously lying during one interview with a straight face. Maybe he didn't realize it, maybe he was just following orders, who knows.
Neoconservative rightwingers will hate this video, as it bares the full truth of what Desert Storm was all about.
The most that can be hoped for is that we learn from our mistakes of the past, but if you take into consideration our 2003 war on Iraq, lessons were not learned."
If the government lied, would anyone be suprised?
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Although definitely not unbiased and as emotionally manipulative as any "save the children" late night TV spot, this documentary nontheless examines issues and draws conclusions rarely, possibly uniquely, touched on in the media about the 1990-91 Gulf War with Iraq and the ensuing economic sanctions levied against the country in the following decade. Impossible to merely discount as leftist conspiracy theory, topics are raised that are not mentioned elsewhere:1. Why didn't we get rid of Saddam back in 1991 when we had the military there, the Iraqi popular support, and the supposed political objectives to do so?2. What was the real objective of a decade of economic sanctions?3. What is truth behind Gulf War Syndrome which has affected numerous veterans and civilians in the years following the war?Watch this video and draw your own conclusions. You wont find coverage on these topics elsewhere easily."
P. Kraemer | Southern California | 09/15/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)


Misleading and Sophomoric (sic)--NO STARS, July 2, 2003
Reviewer: A viewer
Mostly for college kids...Yes, it is. Should work well for inspiring new bumpersticker (also sic) designs and t-shirt slogans.

Now, although I am not the Amazing Kreskin, the reviewer wouldn't leave his name but he does leave a heck of a URL trail.
I did some research on the NO NAME person - Turns out he is Jason P. Williams of Sacramento CA.

He hated this film but he also hated anything by Michael Moore and anything slightly anti the current administration ... He does however think that anything performed by Madonna is a FIVE Star "film." Love Angel by Gwen Stephani gets a 5 STAR rating too. You will be surprised to note that Jason loved the poorly received movie STEALTH, Hated the Last Samurai (Which i didn't see so I haven't got a clue here.) He reviews it at least 4 times... Why? I don't know. Hated Bowling for Columbine but loved T-3 Rise of The Machines. Loved CNN's fantasy film "The War In Iraq - Road To Baghdad" The list of A+ FIVE STAR rated films and games, is, to quote jason "SOPHOMORIC" Just spelled different... Don't believe me... Hell, I wouldn't believe anything here after reading Jason's "list." Just go to his reviews and make some sort of sense out of it... I would bet money that Jason does not own nor has he seen any film by Michael Moore or the film here, "Hidden Wars of Desert Storm" He insists that since it is a film distributed by an Arab company it has no merit. HA!

My personal thoughts on the film after actually watching it are:

Watch this film if you want to know how deeply entrenched the USA and Western Europe is with Middle Eastern Oil concerns - Mainly the House of Saud -- Ya' know, those guys who Bush blithely walks around in Texas, holding hands with and then after 9/11 flies them all out of the country without a single question... Those are the ones.

Watch this film if you want to know what the effects of depleted uranium are on people who ingest it... It is pretty darned ugly but heck, there's oil there and we want it.

Watch this film if you think that we are being led down the primrose path by a bunch of knuckle-draggers who are in bed with:
Religious fundamentalists, money grubbing oil executives, narcissistic idiots AKA the CIA who placed evil overlords in power in the Middle East so we can profit for ever from raping the indigenous people of that region and would like to see that you may be onto something.

Yes, the film drags in places and there could have been a bit edited out just to get to the point a bit quicker.

BUT -- the excellent archival footage was interesting and well placed.

Do not watch this movie if you have a weak stomach. Do not watch this film if you think that GW Bush is really talking to God or just plain want to remain in the confines of your own inner space.

In other words; Jason from Sacramento needs to actually watch or read some of the stuff he reviews with an open mind before going by what he interprets from the Drudge Report or the secret memo's he gets from Scott McClellan every morning."