Saving Jessica Lynch
|Saving Jessica Lynch|
|Written by||John Fasano|
|Directed by||Peter Markle|
|Music by||Ramin Djawadi|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Producers||Bob Chmiel, Michael R. Joyce, and Dan Paulson|
|Running time||94 minutes|
|Distributor||NBCUniversal Television Distribution|
MGM Television Distribution
|Original release||November 9, 2003|
Saving Jessica Lynch is a 2003 American television film that aired on NBC and featured Canadian actress Laura Regan in the title role. The film begins with the ambush of Jessica Lynch's convoy in the middle of an Iraqi city and follows a version of events that credits an Iraqi citizen, Mohammed Odeh al-Rehaief, with being responsible for helping to arrange a daring rescue by US special operations forces.
Although the film was based on a true story, most of the circumstances of the rescue have been challenged by the media as well as by Lynch herself. Lynch was portrayed as a heroic soldier who fought up to her capture. In reality, at the time of the crash of her vehicle, she fell unconscious and woke up at the hospital. Her rescue operation was carried out at an unresisting civilian hospital. In a review of the movie, Hal Erickson wrote, "An inordinate amount of poetic license is taken with the events surrounding Jessica's rescue, with a plethora of ridiculous coincidences and serial-like thrills and chills thrown in to pep up the story."
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