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American Sniper is 2019 Veterans Day Film | Around The Town

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The movie ‘American Sniper‘ stars Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle.  Cooper was nominated for an Academy Award as best actor.

by Mary Brocato 

Movies in Many will  feature the film ‘American Sniper’ on  Saturday, Nov. 9, in honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11.  

‘American Sniper’, an autobiographical war film directed by Clint Eastwood, will begin at 7 p.m. at the Many Community Center.  Admission is free for everyone.  Movie goers are advised that this film is an R rated film for violence and adult content.

American Sniper’,an Academy Award winning movie is about a true American hero, Chris Kyle, recognized as American’s most lethal sniper. Bradley Cooper, who played Kyle in the film was nominated for an Academy Award for best actor.  Clint Eastwood, director of the film, was nominated for best director.  The film was nominated for best film.  

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There was much more to this true American hero than his skill with a rifle. U.S. Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle was sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saved countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earned the nickname “Legend.”  

However, his reputation  also grew behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris served through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, becoming emblematic of the SEAL creed to “leave no man behind.”

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The record-breaking film ‘American Sniper’ tells the story of soldier Chris Kyle’s life. While the movie was based on his autobiography, the ending changed after the production of the film had already started.

The film focuses largely on Kyle’s four tours of duty and how his long list of targeted kills earned him the title of the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history.

Kyle’s story was not over, however, when he returned home to Texas after his last tour of duty.

Kyle was killed on a Texas shooting range in February 2013, four years after he was honorably discharged from the Navy.

The film does not show the moment when the father-of-two was killed but it does show him leaving his home as he headed to the Chalk Mountain, TX. gun range where he was later fatally shot.

The film’s epilogue then tells what happened to Kyle, but here are more details about the tragic day.

In the years leading up to his death, Kyle had begun working with wounded veterans and, in some cases, he spent time with them on the shooting range. This particular session turned deadly.

Marine Corps veteran Eddie Ray Routh, 25, was arrested after allegedly fatally shooting Kyle and Kyle’s friend Chad Littlefield before fleeing the scene in Kyle’s truck.

Routh’s mother may have reached out to Mr. Kyle to help her son, and we kind of have an idea that maybe that’s why they were at the range for some type of therapy,” Sheriff Tommy Bryant said at a news conference after the shooting.

Kyle’s  funeral was held at the Dallas Cowboy’s Stadium to allow for crowds and his wife Taya gave an emotional eulogy on stage.

“When you think you cannot do something, think again. Chris always said the body will do whatever the mind tells it to. I am counting on that now,” she said. “I stand before you a broken woman but I am now and always will be the wife of a man who was a warrior both on and off the battlefield.”

The movie  shows clips of the ceremony and Kyle’s flag-draped coffin, but some of the most moving moments came when it showed how hundreds of people lined the sides of the interstate to salute the procession as the coffin was moved from the stadium to the Texas State Cemetery about 200 miles away.

Prosecutors at Eddie Ray Routh’s trial decided not to seek the death penalty.  Trial judge, Jason Cashon, sentenced Routh to life in prison with no possibility of parole. Kyles killer isimprisoned at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice near Palestine, Texas.

Each year  the Town of Many hosts a Movies in Many film about American heroes in honor of the Many and Sabine Parish veterans who have served our country so well.  These movies are always free of charge.

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