Purple Heart (film)
is a 2006 action
directed, co-writer and co-produced by Bill Birrell. It stars William Sadler
, Mel Harris
and Emilio Rivera
. It is released on November 11, 2006.
The film is the story of Sgt. Oscar Padilla, member of an elite military unit designed for covert operations. His first mission: assassinate Saddam Hussein
prior to the beginning of the 2003 Iraq War
. Unfortunately the mission is compromised; Padilla is captured and tortured by the Iraqis. Later, Padilla is rescued, but is severely damaged by his ordeal. Back in the United States
, he escapes from the lock down ward of the military hospital where he is being treated. Given what he knows about the illegal attempt at political assassination, he is considered dangerous. As the leader of the unit that trained Padilla, Colonel Allen is sent with specific orders to go find him and "solve the problem" permanently. Allen intends to convince Padilla to come back. As it turns out, there was no real-life mission at all: it was the final, most severe training exercise that broke Padilla's soul – and mind. The film raises questions about the moral obligations of the use of military power, and the methods that the U.S. uses to train and ultimately sacrifice its own soldiers.
William Sadler as Colonel Allen
Demetrius Navarro as Sgt. Oscar Padilla
Mel Harris as Dr. Harrison
Ed Lauter as Civilian
Emilio Rivera as Deputy
Russell Gannon as Al-Sadr
Mary L. Carter as News Reporter
Douglas Tait as Halliday
Ric Smith as Hank
Tulsi Ram as Toufig Tulsiram/Iraqi soldier
H. Charles Parrish as Drill Instructor
Dennis Hayden as Earl
Charles Fathy as Iraqi officer
Dave Erickson as News Anchor
Icarus the Wonder Dog as Claudia's Dog
Joseph Aguilar as M. A. Guiterrez
Purple Heart was produced by the company of Claymore Inc..
The DVD version of the film was distributed by Indican Pictures in 2008.
Purple Heart was released in the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles, CA for the Artivist Film Festival.