American Sniper Draws Crowds… In Bagdad

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The reaction of some Iraqi moviegoers to “American Sniper” as it plays in Bagdad is surprising.

Whether it’s simply out of curiosity, or a true reflection of public sentiment is difficult to know.

Whatever the case, the film continues to draw crowds, stir emotions and create controversy wherever it plays.

[Excerpt] from Global Post

In Baghdad, where much of the film is set, the movie drew full crowds at one of the city’s new upscale cinemas. Dressed in a fur-collared coat and loafers, Mohammed says many of the showings were sold out, and he knows of people who had to book their tickets a day in advance during opening week. 

Mohammed says one of the film’s opening scenes, when Kyle spots a woman and child who appear to be preparing to attack US troops during the initial invasion of Iraq, had the entire audience on the edge of their seats.

“When the sniper was hesitating to shoot [the child holding the RPG] everyone was yelling ‘Just shoot him!’” he said.

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