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      Full Battle Rattle

      2008 1h 32m Documentary List
      77% Tomatometer 31 Reviews 84% Audience Score 100+ Ratings American soldiers train in a mock Iraqi village in California's Mojave Desert. Read More Read Less
      Full Battle Rattle

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      Full Battle Rattle is an insightful, eye-opening account of the preparations soldiers must make for their service in Iraq.

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      David Fear Time Out Rated: 3/5 Nov 16, 2011 Full Review Ben Kenigsberg Time Out Rated: 3/5 Nov 16, 2011 Full Review Eddie Cockrell Variety A so-so pic on an incendiary subject. Oct 18, 2008 Full Review Steve Erickson Gay City News One wonders what attracted the filmmakers to a subject about which they have so little to say. Mar 9, 2018 Full Review Stuart Klawans The Nation Like any documentary about putting on a show, Full Battle Rattle abounds with mirth-provoking incongruities between the effect aimed for and the means used to achieve it. Nov 4, 2013 Full Review Jennifer Merin About.com Somewhere in the Mohave Desert, the U.S. military maintains a large rural compound that contains several fake Iraqi towns. It's Disneyland for war games Rated: 4.5/5 Jun 27, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Fascinating and revolting but suffers a little from the same divided loyalties as its subjects. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member supposedly funny but i didn't laugh Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member I had no idea such a thing existed so this... documentary? was pretty interesting. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member A rather wild look at the training camp set up in the Mojave desert to mimic the conditions of Iraq for the purposes of training soldiers for deployment. The film follows both the military men as well as the character actors within the 'village' who are given scripted prompts and elaborate back stories to work with to develop their characters and how they feel about the occupying U.S. forces. At turns disturbing, funny and downright depressing, this film is well worth a look. Recommended. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member An interesting look at the thought processes of both sides of the equation. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member An extremely engaging documentary. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis American soldiers train in a mock Iraqi village in California's Mojave Desert.
      Director
      Tony Gerber, Jesse Moss
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 23, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 32m