Murph: The Protector

Synopsis: A documentary based on the honor, courage and commitment of Navy SEAL LT Michael P. Murphy, who gave his life for his men in 2005 and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 2007.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Scott Mactavish
Production: Mactavish Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
79 min

that were his buddies,

guys that remained his friends

for the rest of his life.

When we were kids,

we were playing football

across the street

from his mother's house.

I launched a pass to him

and it was so far to the right.

He actually dove and laid out

like it was an ESPN commercial.

He disappeared into the hedges.

And I remember thinking to myself,

"My God, what happened to Mike?"

He came out.

He was full of blood, mud,

his shirt ripped,

a hole in his pants.

Walked out, he went, "Touchdown!"

and dropped the ball and walked away.

Mike was an only child

for a long time.

And 10 years later I had John.

And he never said he wanted

a brother or a sister,

but I think he really wanted

a brother.

And I was in the hospital

and I had John.

And that afternoon

Mike comes walking in the hospital,

and it was really cute... he bounces up

on the side of the bed and he says,

"Mom, you made me

the happiest kid. I have a brother."

Brought tears to my eyes.

I remember going

to the games a lot.

And I remember

at the football games,

of course football

being in the fall and the winter,

sitting on the bench,

watching Michael play

and also at the same time

kind of feeling cold,

like, "How much longer do I have

to be here? I'd rather be home,"

you know,

play with toys or something

and, you know,

in the nice, warm weather.

But, I mean, still watching him play.

It was nice to watch him play.

Michael was such a good kid

that he would go with his father

on the slightest errands.

Dan would say, "Let's go

across the street to 7-Eleven,"

and Michael would say, "Okay, Pop."

And off they would go to 7-Eleven.

As a real young boy,

he was always in a good mood,

always happy. And he was...

he was up for everything.

His dogs Blackie and Charlie...

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Scott Mactavish

Scott Mactavish is an American filmmaker and author. Scott Mactavish recently wrote, produced and directed the films entitled MURPH: The Protector and God and Country: Untold Stories of the American Military. Prior to that, he made Summer Running: The Race to Cure Breast Cancer featuring Sissy Spacek. He has also served as executive producer on five films in as many years, including Chagas, directed by Ricardo Preve. Mactavish attended film School at New York University, and upon graduation, worked on major studio projects and independent features while writing original screenplays at night. He was a Goomba in the 1993 film Super Mario Bros. and an uncredited stunt double in The Crow. He launched his own production company in 1998 and has produced dozens of films and videos, with an emphasis on stories of honor, courage and commitment. Scott is the author of The New Dad's Survival Guide", published by Little, Brown and Co., and Co-author of "Battle Ready: Memoir of a SEAL Warrior Medic", published by St. Martin's Press. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Indiewire, Windcheck, and Film Threat. Mactavish is a veteran of the United States Navy. He attended boot camp at the Recruit Training Command in San Diego, California and served with Submarine Squadron 6, aboard the USS L.Y. Spear, and in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. more…

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