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495 Ratings

Standard Operating Procedure

Directed by Errol Morris
United States, 2008


Errol Morris examines the incidents of abuse and torture of suspected terrorists at the hands of U.S. forces at the Abu Ghraib prison.

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Standard Operating Procedure Directed by Errol Morris

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2008 | Winner: Silver Berlin Bear (Jury Grand Prix)

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2008 | 3rd place: Best Documentary



Critics reviews

Importantly, the film, in focusing on the people who carry out the tasks dictated from the DoD, forces the viewer to consider how we are to properly understand and judge intentions. Was there the intention to torture, and if there was, who is responsible?
December 31, 2014
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In providing a jarring, complex picture of what’s happening outside the frame of these shocking images, seen out of context all around the world, Morris does not excuse the acts of the guilty, but widens the circle of responsibility all the way to the top.
May 02, 2008
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