(Sauer 2012) “Act of Valor” and the myth of an anti-military Hollywood

Sauer, Abe. “Act of Valor” and the myth of an anti-military Hollywood [text with video]. Awl. 2012 Feb 27. Available from: http://www.theawl.com/2012/02/act-of-valor-and-the-myth-of-an-anti-military-hollywood. Accessed 2012 Mar 19. Archived by WebCite at http://www.webcitation.org/66HvWIQa5. Accompanying videos available from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oD7j4vmWHi0 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGL8xpmztVA.

Promoters of the film Act of Valor have claimed that this movie is an exception to a long trend of anti-militarism in Hollywood films. Sauer refutes this claim with a review of the extensive influence the military has exerted on recent films. Sauer writes:

In an interview, Matthew Alford, author of Reel Power: Hollywood Cinema and American Supremacy, told me that his research shows that between 1991 and 2002 “approximately a third of major films that depict the US military have direct cooperation and script rewrites by the Pentagon.”


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