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Thornwell (1981)

True story about James Thornwell, who was serving the Army in Europe when some military documents went missing. He was wrongfully accused of the theft, brutally interrogated and given drugs... See full summary »

Director:

Harry Morgan Moses (as Harry Moses)

Writer:

Michael De Guzman (as Michael de Guzman)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glynn Turman ... James Thornwell
Vincent Gardenia ... Traeger
Craig Wasson ... Busher
Howard E. Rollins Jr. ... Carson
Michael Alldredge ... Beecham
Todd Susman ... Ketchum
Nicholas Kepros Nicholas Kepros ... The Man
Julius Harris ... Frisco
Paul Lieber ... Lt. Roberts
Edward Michael Bell Edward Michael Bell ... Harvey Kletz / Narrator (as Edward Bell)
Debbi Morgan ... Katherine (as Deborah Morgan-Weldon)
Shirley Jo Finney ... Lt. Stone
Al Fann ... Raymond
Cosie Costa Cosie Costa ... Armando
William Bassett ... CIC Agent (as William H. Bassett)
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True story about James Thornwell, who was serving the Army in Europe when some military documents went missing. He was wrongfully accused of the theft, brutally interrogated and given drugs to force a confession out of him. That didn't happen and the whole thing was covered up. 16 years later Thornwell through the Freedom of Information Act obtain documentation of what was done to him and sued the Army. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Unrated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Conspiracy Exposed See more »

Filming Locations:

Orleans 45, France

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Real-life story of the US Army torture of their own troops
6 April 2003 | by PoetOfTheSpheresSee all my reviews

The Freedom of Information Act of the 70's and lawsuits have begun to reveal the shocking use of illegal drugs (LSD) combined with psychological and physical torture conducted by the United States Army against its very own troops on active duty overseas. This was part of Operation Third Chance.

The movie features one of those victims, James Thornwell, US Army. This included the Army's administering LSD to Thornwell without his approval (nor even his knowledge at the time), as part of their macabre and abusive experimentations.

The riveting movie features Thornwell's torture and subsequent 16 year journey unraveling the nearly unbelievable torture by the people he served - our government's military.

There are no multi-million dollar special effects here, just an unforgettable, true story. We may never know the extent of how many other Army staff (there were at least nine verified so far) subjected to this shameful chapter in US Military history, but this movie is a beginning. Hopefully it will be brought to videotape, for wider distribution.

Gary Weibert


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