American Sniper

American Sniper

Clint Eastwood (2014)

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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, but he finds living an ordinary life as a husband and father difficult to deal with. 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
Marc Lee Luke Grimes
Ryan Job, "Biggles" Jake McDorman
Sheikh Al-Obodi Navid Negahban
Jeff Kyle Keir O'Donnell
DIA Agent Snead Eric Close
Navy Seal Lt Martin Sam Jaeger
Winston Kyle Gallner
Mustafa Sammy Sheik
The Butcher Mido Hamada
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