April 11, 2003
Pfc. Jessica Lynch, made for TV
NBC is set to make a movie out of the ordeal of rescued American POW Pfc. Jessica Lynch, even though her family has not sold her story to them.
"Like the rest of America, we shared in the collective thrill of witnessing the heroic and dramatic rescue of Private First Class Jessica Lynch. Her inspiring story is one that provides a message of hope despite great odds," the network said in a statement.
I'm not a made for TV movie
kind of guy, so I'll be skipping this one. I do hope the movie takes the time to talk about the nine dead American soldiers
who were recovered in the same operation that rescued Pfc. Lynch, at least seven of whom were in her unit and one of whom, Pfc. Lori Ann Piestewa, was the first female American soldier killed in action
. I can't say I have a lot of faith that the moviemakers will do so in a manner that doesn't cheapen their deaths, however.
Posted by Charles Kuffner on April 11, 2003 to Iraq attack
maybe they'll have Garafalo play some sort of monsterous Iraqi torture agent.
I'd much rather see the heroic rescue by the Marines of Kim Stevens, US Consular Officer and former State Department expert on the Red Brigades. Kim apparently almost had his leg cut off before the Marines rescued him and his family and flew them back to Rome.
Aren't "made-for-teevee" and "cheapen" redundant, anyway?
Instead of zeroing in on just Pfc Lynch, I'd like to see a story about the whole group (the 507th Maintenance unit). I'd like it to be factual, not some fictionalized version. This will require research and interviews with all of the survivors. It's a story that should be told becuase it has caught the imagination of the American people. These soldiers were direct support, not spec. op or rangers, etc. They're everyday soldiers, who keep stuff running. And when called on to perform the duties of combat soldiers, they did it without hesitation. Praise God for the citizen soldier! A movie done well about this group could be a real salute to all of the men and women in uniform. Not something just slopped together to make money, but a film made as a tribute for the citizen solier. Sincerely, Bill Garrett
Why not include scenes of US/British cluster bombs killing civilians? I wouldn't want to deny the public of the absolute horrors of war. Patriotism shouldn't be blind.
I loved hearing about Pfc. Lynch. To me, she is a brave person. I was glad when she returned home safe.