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Harrison Ford's new movie: The Battle for Falluja

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  • Greg Cannon
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1375730,00.html Indiana Jones leads Hollywood version of battle for Falluja Dan Glaister in Los Angeles Friday
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      http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1375730,00.html

      Indiana Jones leads Hollywood version of battle for
      Falluja

      Dan Glaister in Los Angeles
      Friday December 17, 2004
      The Guardian

      Hollywood has joined the war. Universal Pictures
      announced yesterday that it is to make The Battle for
      Falluja. To prove it is serious, it has enlisted
      Indiana Jones himself, actor Harrison Ford, to help
      defeat the insurgency.

      The film - Hollywood's first foray into the second
      Iraq conflict - is due to go into production next year
      and will be based on a yet-to-be-finished book, No
      True Glory: The Battle for Falluja by Bing West, a
      former marine, politician and now war correspondent.

      The movie and book take as their starting point the
      killing of four civilian contractors in Falluja and
      the ensuing decision to order an assault on the city
      by US marines. That first assault, which was abruptly
      stopped by the White House, was led by General Jim
      Mattis, who will be played by Ford.

      Six months later, shortly after the US presidential
      election, the marines attacked Falluja for a second
      time, successfully occupying the city. Almost 80 US
      marines were killed in the two assaults, while some
      sources have estimated that 800 Iraqis and insurgents
      died in the April assault on the city and a further
      1,000 in November.

      The film promises to depict the story from the point
      of view of US soldiers and politicians; it seems
      unlikely that the plight of the Iraqis will figure too
      prominently in Hollywood's take on the subject.

      Writing last week for the online journal Slate.com,
      West said: "If America needs a hard job done, the
      marines will do it, and they won't lose their humanity
      in the process or any sleep over pulling the trigger.
      Yes, they are 'the world's most lethal killing
      machine.' That's what America needs in battle."
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