Monday, September 6, 2010
By Karen Jowers - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Sep 5, 2010 17:51:48 EDT
Theaters on Army and Air Force installations will not show “The Tillman Story,” according to Chris Ward, spokesman for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, which operates the theaters.
Navy Installation Command public affairs officials could provide no information about the Navy Motion Picture Service will show the movie on Navy and Marine Corps bases. But it is not listed in upcoming screening schedules on the NMPS website.
The movie, which does not portray the Army and Defense Department in a positive light, is the story of Pat Tillman, who left a lucrative career as a professional football player to join the Army in 2002 and was killed in Afghanistan in 2004.
The Army initially said Tillman was gunned down while fighting the enemy and awarded him a Silver Star. For more than a month, officials withheld from his family and the public the fact that he was actually shot by his fellow Rangers. Investigations still have not uncovered exactly who killed Tillman.
“General audience acceptance drives movie selection at AAFES theaters,” Ward said in an e-mail response to questions. “While the military mission is unique, its members represent a cross-section of society, and tastes in the military community generally parallel those of their civilian counterparts.”
Ward said the “The Tillman Story” was released Aug. 20 in just four movie theaters. The same week, “The Expendables,” a big-budget action film starring Sylvester Stallone, was released in 3,270 theaters.
“AAFES selected The Expendables for showing in its theaters,” Ward said
“The Tillman Story” opened in additional theaters Sept. 3 in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and nine other cities.
“In the end, it’s the general public who dictate the type of movie AAFES procures. Because patronage at the box office is commensurate with audience acceptance, AAFES evaluates box office results and reviews in trade journals when determining the films to book,” Ward said.
“The Tillman Story” was written and directed by Amir Bar-Lev.