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Pathetically Bad Pat Tillman Documentary

  • Jul 24, 2011

Anyone reading this review probably knows who Pat Tillman is.  Pat Tillman was a unique, free spirited professional football player who walked away from a multimillion dollar contract to join the Army after the terrorist attacks of 9/11.  His story has been well told in all types of mediums since his death in Afghanistan.

A&E usually produces fine quality biographies.  I was frankly stunned at just how awful this one was.  It really tells the bare bones sketch of Tillman’s life, and worse yet in a very amateurish fashion. 

This documentary relies almost entirely on photos or pre-existing short snippets of video of Tillman in the storytelling.  Worse, it shows the same photos and clips over and over and over again.  Imagine someone telling you their life story with three pages of a photo album, and they flip back and show the same photos over again, and over again, and over again.  The video montage here is pathetic.

Further, there were no interviews with any family members or people Tillman knew in the Army.  Instead we have a just a few high school friends repeatedly telling us what a great guy Pat is. Gee, thanks for the information.

The only redeeming quality is that, from everything I’ve read to date, it got the facts of Tillman’s life down correctly.

For anyone interested in Pat Tillman’s life, I strongly recommend other sources.

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Patrick Daniel Tillman for many is the embodiment of America's patriotic spirit. Turning his back on a lucrative, successful, and hard won professional football career, Tillman answered the call to duty in the wake of 9/11. He and his brother joined the Army, their goal the elite Rangers fighting corps. It was just weeks after Pat married his high school sweetheart, Marie Ugenti. After 28 weeks of training, he was sent to Afghanistan as part of Operation Mountain Storm. The operation's objective was to disrupt and destroy the infrastructure of the al-Qaida terrorist organization and ultimately find Osama bin Laden. On April 22, 2004, Tillman's platoon was ambushed in the early evening near Khost in a mountainous region near the Pakistan border. It was announced that he was killed by the enemy after his heroic leadership helped to move a split section of his platoon to safety but five weeks later, the Army gave a different story, saying he died by probable friendly fire. Shortly after his death, Tillman was promoted from specialist to corporal and awarded the Silver Star and a Purple Heart. An estimated 3,500 attended a May 3 memorial service in San Jose, one of many tributes to Tillman. "Pat's best service to his country was to remind us all what courage really looks like," Arizona Senator John McCain told the crowd, "and that the purpose of all good courage is love."
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Cast: Pat Tillman
Genre: Biography
Release Date: 2008
MPAA Rating: G
DVD Release Date: January 15, 2008
Runtime: 50 minutes
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