The Tillman Story
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Pat Tillman decided to leave a multimillion-dollar professional football contract and join the military because he felt it was the right thing to do. When he died in a friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan in 2004, the military is shown to have manipulated his tragic death in the line of duty into a glorifying propaganda tool.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 82
- Fresh: 76
- Rotten: 6
- Average Rating: 8.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Mr. Bar-Lev's clearsighted, emotionally steady documentary examines the family members' deepening inquiry into the circumstances of Tillman's death and chronicles their mounting rage at the military's misappropriation of his story.
Fresh: The Tillman Story unravels the deceptions -- and the deep dishonor -- that inflated life-size valor into fake superheroism.
Fresh: The Tillman Story is ferocious filmmaking, but it wouldn't have half the force it does if the director didn't also get at the complicated man Pat Tillman was ...
Fresh: We may never know exactly who shot Pat Tillman on that ridge in Afghanistan or why, but we have a better idea of who he was.
The Tillman Story
If this film doesn't move you, then you have no soul. Pat Tillman was a tragic figure in the truest sense of the word, an un-selfish patriot who seemed to want nothing more than to stand up for everything in which he believed. "The Tillman Story" will make you laugh, cry, and shake your head in disbelief at the level of cowardice men like Donald Rumsfeld sank to in the attempt to cover up Tillman's fratricide. In a world filled with self-gratifying phonies, it's a shame we lost someone as real as Pat Tillman.
This documentary cuts to the ugly truth about what lies beyond our reality and the reality of a true American Soldier. Pat Tillman may you rest easy you are a true Patriot!! A must see!
The book is better
If you liked this documentary, then I can not recommend enough the book "Where Men Win Glory". This documentary doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of what the Tillman family has been through and what the US army and government did to Pat Tillman and his family. It's through no fault of the people that made this documentary, but there is no way they could have fit everything into a single film. If you want to learn more about this story, it's worth the time to read the book "Where Men Win Glory".