Standard Operating Procedure (film)
|Standard Operating Procedure|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Errol Morris|
|Produced by||Julie Ahlberg|
|Written by||Errol Morris|
|Music by||Danny Elfman|
|Editing by||Andy Grieve
|Distributed by||Sony Pictures Classics|
|Running time||118 minutes|
Standard Operating Procedure is a 2008 documentary film which explores the meaning of the photographs taken by U.S. military police at the Abu Ghraib prison in late 2003, the content of which revealed the torture and abuse of its prisoners by U.S. soldiers and subsequently resulted in a public scandal. The film was directed by Errol Morris.
Commenting on the relationship of his film to the notorious photographs, Morris has said his intent was "…not to say that these 'bad apples' were blameless… but… to say that they were scapegoats. It was easy to blame them because, after all, they were in the photographs… Photographs don’t tell us who the real culprits might be… They can also serve as a coverup, they can misdirect us… Photographs reveal and conceal, serve as [both] exposé and coverup".
An examination of the intended consequences of the Iraqi war with a focus on events at Abu Ghraib prison which began to appear in global media in 2004. The prison quickly became notorious for the photos of the abuse of terror suspects, their children, and innocent civillians by military men and women.
People featured in the film 
- Janis Karpinski, Brigadier General, 800th MP Brigade
- Tim Dugan, Civilian interrogator, CACI Corps
- Sabrina Harman, Sergeant, Military Police
- Lynndie England, Private First Class, MP
- Javal Davis, Sergeant, MP
- Megan Ambuhl Graner, Specialist, MP
- Jeremy Sivits, Specialist, MP
- Brent Pack, Army Special Agent, CID
- Ken Davis, Sergeant, MP
- Tony Diaz, Sergeant, MP
- Jeffrey Frost, Specialist, MP
- Roman Krol, Specialist, Military Intelligence
In photographs 
Critical reception 
The film appeared on several critics' top ten lists of the best films of 2008. Scott Tobias of The A.V. Club named it the 4th best film of 2008, J.R. Jones of the Chicago Reader named it the 7th best film of 2008, and Kenneth Turan of Los Angeles Times named it the 8th best film of 2008 (in a six-way tie).
During the Berlinale 2008 it received the "Jury Grand Prix – Silver Bear"
Morris's practice of compensating his interview subjects has caused controversy, although it is not an unusual practice in documentary filmmaking, according to the producer Diane Weyermann, who also worked on An Inconvenient Truth. In a private interview during the Tribeca Film Festival, Morris said: "If I had not paid them, they would not be interviewed."
|Standard Operating Procedure|
|Film score by Danny Elfman|
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Track listing 
- "S.O.P. Theme #1: Standard Operating Procedure" – 5:56
- "The Infamous Pyramid" – 3:48
- "Photos" – 2:56
- "The Shooter" – 3:26
- "Dogs" – 3:42
- "The Wolf" – 1:11
- "Saddam’s Egg" – 3:30
- "Main Titles: Vacation in Iraq" – 2:07
- "S.O.P. Theme #2: Amnesty" – 1:33
- "What Is Going on Here?" – 2:32
- "Gilligan" – 3:02
- "Story of the Ants" – 3:36
- "The Table Breaker" – 1:00
- "S.O.P. Theme #3: Feelings & Facts" – 5:26
- "Unusual, Weird & Wrong" – 2:32
- "A Bad Feeling" – 2:22
- "Birdies" – 1:38
- "S.O.P. End Credits" – 1:26
- "Oli’s Lullaby" – 2:00
See also 
- 2008 in film
- 372nd Military Police Company, the MP unit assigned to Abu Ghraib
- Taxi to the Dark Side
- Torturing Democracy
- Errol Morris (2008), Standard Operating Procedure DVD: Director’s commentary track.
- "Metacritic: 2008 Film Critic Top Ten Lists". Metacritic. Archived from the original on August 2, 2011. Retrieved January 11, 2009.
- Cieply, Michael (2008-04-26). "Film on Abu Ghraib Puts Focus on Paid Interviews". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-05-02.
- Cunningham, Megan (2008-04-27). "On the Circuit: Standard Operating Procedure". Zoom In Online. Archived from the original on 2008-05-13. Retrieved 2008-05-02.
- Standard Operating Procedure
- Standard Operating Procedure at the Internet Movie Database
- Standard Operating Procedure at Rotten Tomatoes
- Standard Operating Procedure at Metacritic
- Standard Operating Procedure at Box Office Mojo
- Standard Operating Procedure at AllRovi
- EyeForFilm.co.uk – Tribeca Film Festival Q&A with Errol Morris about the film
- Berlinale 2008