The Men Who Stare at Goats

Synopsis: A reporter, trying to lose himself in the romance of war after his marriage fails, gets more than he bargains for when he meets a special forces agent who reveals the existence of a secret, psychic military unit whose goal is to end war as we know it. The founder of the unit has gone missing and the trail leads to another psychic soldier who has distorted the mission to serve his own ends.
Genre: Comedy, War
Director(s): Grant Heslov
Production: Overture Films
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min

towards the heart of a conflict...

...between the forces of

Good and Evil.

Americans are a resolute people,

...who have risen

to every test of our time.

Adversity has revealed

the character of our country, the world.

Had I known where that path

would lead,

...had a soft wind from my future

brought me the name of Bill Django,

...I might never have gone.

But as it was,

I did what so many men

have done throughout history

...when a woman has broken

their heart...

I went to war.


- So, have you seen any combat?

- Yeah, no it's, uh...

Well, I won't lie to you Debora,

it's been pretty damn hairy.

Yeah. We've been

watching it on Fox.

Yeah, it's not, uh...

I've seen things that

you shouldn't, you know...

Well, I don't even know

why you're there.

Well, I think it's important,

people get an accurate picture of what's

- What?

- Ready to go?

- what's happening, so...

- Yeah.

- So, what is that... is that Dave?

- Yeah.

He says "Hi. "

Oh, that's, huh...

Is he gonna get his stuff

out of here?


I... I gotta go.

We're moving out, riding up

north to cover the fighting there

Wait, Bob, I'm just...

So, what's a useful phrase?

La tutlek. Ana sahaffi.

- La tutlek. Ana sahaffi.

- Right.

- What's that mean?

- Don't shoot. I'm a reporter.

Okay, that I'll mind.

La tutlek. Ana sahaffi.

I've been waiting for months for

permission to cross the border into Iraq.

All that time, I'd seen

the embedded war correspondents

...coming back,

swapping stories.

They all ignored me.

I had to get into Iraq somehow.

Or I would never again

be able to face myself.

My wife, or that

one-armed fuckhead Dave.

DeWitt Resources, uh,

out of Arkansas.

That's right.

We make trash cans.

You're here for the conference, right?

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Peter Straughan

Peter Straughan (born 1968) is a playwright and author, based in the north-east of England. He was writer-in-residence at Newcastle's Live Theatre Company. Whilst there, Live staged his plays, Bones and Noir. Both of these plays have displayed Straughan's talent for writing dark, twisted and witty stories. His first ambition was to be a professional musician and he achieved this while playing bass guitar with Newcastle-based band "The Honest Johns". He spent four years touring and recording with the band through the late 1980s and into the early 1990s before leaving to take up full-time education at Newcastle University. While Peter was a student he was also a member of the band Cactusman. Peter wrote the song "Killer", which appeared on the CD album North of London, a collection of music by North East bands released through Newcastle Arts. Straughan co-wrote the 2006 feature film, Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution and adapted Toby Young's memoir How to Lose Friends & Alienate People. He is the writer of the 2009 film, The Men Who Stare at Goats, and co-writer of the 2011 film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Adapted Screenplay, a screenplay he wrote in collaboration with his late wife Bridget O'Connor. O'Connor died of cancer, aged 49, in 2010, before the film was released. They were awarded a BAFTA for Best Adapted Screenplay. more…

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