The Hollywood Reporter today notes that “Turkey’s ‘Valley of the Wolves: Iraq,’ an action drama that depicts U.S. troops in Iraq committing multiple atrocities, is setting new box-office records in its homeland.”
What’s surprising to us is that U.S. actor Billy Zane is starring in the movie, which is unrelentingly and scathingly critical not only of U.S. policy, but of U.S. troops as well. Zane stars as “an evangelistic local U.S. commander, a Col. Kurtz-like figure intent on retaining control of the various Kurdish, Arab and Turkish populations at any price.”
How graphic is it?
“One scene in the film centers on a swoop on a wedding party, during which a soldier shoots a boy dead in front of his mother, the bride gets a rifle butt in the face and the groom is shot in the head. The party is rounded up and put in a lorry. When one soldier queries whether they will have enough air, another takes his machine gun and punches bullet holes along the side of the truck… Those characters left alive in ‘Wolves’ are taken to the notorious Abu Ghraib prison, where their organs are cut out by a doctor (Gary Busey) and sent to recipients in New York, London and Tel Aviv. The movie also re-enacts the infamous Lindy England/naked prisoner incident, with a female U.S. soldier corralling three writhing detainees. In the final showdown, U.S. forces begin their assault on a village by blowing up the mosque’s minaret.”
We can’t wait to see Billy do Fox News to promote it.