American Sniper

American Sniper

Clint Eastwood (2014)

15 Certificate
Saturday 9pm - 11:20pm RTÉ2


Our Score
A confident yet thoughtful performance from a bulked-up Bradley Cooper is the solid centre of director Clint Eastwood's absorbingly matter-of-fact biopic of the most lethal sniper in US military history. Texas patriot Chris Kyle (Cooper) notched up 160 confirmed kills during four tours of Navy SEAL duty in post 9/11 Iraq and Eastwood succinctly charts his life through sharpshooting youth, riding rodeo, rigorous warrior training, marriage to a long-suffering wife (played by an impressive Sienna Miller) and becoming a reluctant hero/legend (as well as the prime target of insurgents). It's a cracking story laced with heart-stopping finger-on-trigger suspense outlining Kyle's battlefield precision and judgement calls on whether to kill men, women or children, and providing moving insights regarding the psychological effects of warfare on the home front. With the final haunting frames bound to surprise those unaware of Kyle's career, this is hard-nosed myth-making at its finest from a director at the top of his game.


A Navy Seal becomes a legend to his colleagues thanks to his skills as a deadly sniper. On his return to the US following four tours of duty in Iraq, he finds living an ordinary life as a husband and father far more difficult to deal with than the demands of warfare. Biopic based on the experiences of real-life Iraq conflict veteran Chris Kyle, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller and Kyle Gallner.

Cast & Crew

Chris Kyle Bradley Cooper
Taya Renae Kyle Sienna Miller
Goat-Winston Kyle Gallner
Colton Kyle Max Charles
Marc Lee Luke Grimes
Captain Martens Sam Jaeger
Ryan 'Biggles' Job Jake McDorman
'D' / Dandridge Cory Hardrict
Director Clint Eastwood
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Violence, swearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 16 Jan 2015