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Standard Operating Procedure

R| 1 hr. 56 min.

Plot Summary
Investigating the infamous Abu Ghraib scandal, Errol Morris interviews American guards and Iraqi prisoners who were at the military jail before images of prisoner torture emerged in 2004. One female guard, who posed alongside fallen Iraqis in notorious images, tells Morris that her crimes were inspired by her love for another soldier, and another explains why she took photographs of her fellow troops. In the process, Morris suggests that the scandal resulted from systemic flaws in the military.


Director: Errol Morris

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Standard Operating Procedure (2008)

Release Date: April 25th, 2008|1 hr. 56 min.

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  • Reveals one mystery, only to reveal another that it can't quite penetrate. show more

  • In presenting their testimony to the jury of public opinion, Morris would seem to be building a case for absolving some of them of mistreatment charges and implicitly asking for an investigation of those who were not charged. show more

  • Morris mixes piercing sit-downs with disturbing evidence. Though soldiers, including the notorious Lynndie England, express remorse, it's haunting to hear how several prisoners were "nice guys" or known to be innocent, yet no connection is made between those remarks and the images of torture. show more

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  • January 29, 2013 chaslavd
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    From liberating Auschvitz to liberating Abu Graib from ourselves... Congratulation!

  • May 22, 2008 gina mo
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    I have always felt that these inmates were questioned in there own language ************ of time. At least some interagation went on. It is really doubtful that someone at the top did not know how the prison inmates were being treated. It is an unfortunate comment on the honor and integrity of our military and political leadership. The more probable scenario is that certain people at the top felt this type of treatment was adventagious

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