The Tillman Story

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The Tillman Story
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Directed by Amir Bar-Lev
Starring Pat Tillman
Narrated by Josh Brolin
Distributed by Passion Pictures
Release dates
  • January 23, 2010 (2010-01-23) (Sundance)
  • August 20, 2010 (2010-08-20) (United States)
Running time
94 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $798,940[1]

The Tillman Story is a 2010 documentary film directed by Amir Bar-Lev. The film is about the death of football player turned U.S. Army Ranger, Pat Tillman, in the war in Afghanistan, the coverup of the true circumstances of his death, and his family's struggle to unearth the truth. It was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The film is narrated by Josh Brolin.[2]

Pat Tillman was a defensive back with the Arizona Cardinals, but decided to walk away from a multimillion-dollar contract to go to Afghanistan in 2002. After Tillman was killed, an investigation showed that he died by friendly fire. Tillman's family says they learned weeks later that the inspiring story the military had publicized was false. The film shows a paper trail — including a leaked top-secret document known as a P4 Memo, sent to the White House by Gen. Stanley McChrystal.[3]


The film currently has a 93% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 82 reviews.[4]


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