Sand Castle

Synopsis: Set during the occupation of Iraq, a squad of U.S. soldiers try to protect a small village.
Genre: Drama, War
Rotten Tomatoes:
113 min

[Matt] "I was lucky to get a war."

That's how the old guys saw it.

I'd have the rest of my life

to tell folks how I'd made history.

Well, I signed up July 11, 2001,

two months before

that really meant something.

Oh, I'd love to say,

"I'm here to fight for freedom."

But honestly... I joined the reserves

for the college money.

I don't belong here.

And I'm ashamed of that.

A war story can't be true

unless it's got some shame attached to it.

[Cole] Hey! Ocre!

What do you think?

Pokey was my dog's name.

Mirra loma's the name

of the street I grew up on.


It's my porn name.

I'm going balls deep in Iraq, get it?

Yeah, yeah. Clever.

That coming off?

-Yeah. Yeah, headin' that way.

-Just in time. Armored's rollin' out.

This place will be a ghost town.

Ticktock, ticktock. Right?


Hey, if I don't see you

for the rest of the war, be safe.

You too.

[Saw buzzing]

A little pressure.

Scale of one to ten, how's the pain?

[Stammers] It's a ten.

Whatever the suggested dose, double it.

That'll handle the discomfort.

Discomfort? Nah, I... [scoffs]

I can't even make a fist.

I can't roll out like this.

Let me see your hand.

-A door did that?


I've seen guys rollin' out

with a lot worse.


Here's one of the potential targets.

When you're in Baghdad,

it's really quite...

That a boy, Enzo.

-[Enzo groaning]

-Get it!



I'm telling you guys,

I'm gonna be on the cover of men's health,

fuckin' two big-old-tittied chicks

on each arm,

waves splashing on my pecs and shit.

Chutsky, we're gonna see you

on the cover of out magazine

with a dick in each hand

and shame in your eyes. Like this.

[Enzo moans]

Hey, you smell that?

-[Sniffs] Smells like pussy.

-Why would it smell like pussy?

Oh, hey, ocre.

[Enzo] What's up?

We were just talking about you.

[Chutsky] You look like shit.

That malaria pill is giving me nightmares.

[Enzo] This whole place

is a nightmare, man.

So... what'd the doc say?

Yeah. I'm good.

[Burton] Welcome back.

-Did you see armored's rolling out?

-Come again?

Whoa! Is that true?

Yeah. And I saw Cole loading the Abrams.

Sergeant Harper, are we staging?

I know what you know, chutsky.

Come on. What do I know?

Tell me what I know.

Hey, sarge, if we are staging,

we should start moving.

Guys, command will let us know

when they're ready.

Army's kept me in a cage for six weeks,

sergeant Harper.

Ooh, time to let me out. [Growls]

So how's the hand feel?

-It's not a problem.


Get the stick, huh?

What are you doing here?

Uh, whatever you tell me to, sergeant.

That's a very good answer.

But that's not what I mean. [Grunts]

You're a smart guy.

Smarter than most of these boys.

Why aren't you being all the f*ck

you can be somewhere else, huh?

Well, uh, it was laundry day

when I signed up.

[Straining] Needed the free t-shirt.

Come on, ocre.

I don't know.

My dad was in, my granddad.

Something you did, you know?

[Macgregor] Glorious day for the infantry,

sergeant Harper.

As you were.

Hooah, sergeant major.

Which way is the shit rolling, lieutenant?

Downhill, as always.

[Macgregor] Just as gravity intended, son.

We're being moved up the manifest.

Chalk two packs as slow

as my fuckin' wife, apparently.

Roger that, sir. We're gonna be

about an hour till we're square here.

Well, better make it 30.

You boys proud and ready?

Proud and ready, sergeant major.

Proud and ready.

Yeah, you got that right.

Beautiful goddamn day for the infantry.

[Chutsky] Burton? There's no way.

Not this guy.

-[Enzo] All day. Burton.

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