- Actors: James Nesbitt, Stephen Graham, Warren Brown
- Directors: Nick Murphy
- Language: English
- Subtitles: Greek
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: feelgood
- Run Time: 180.00 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B006OR6ZA2
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 309,440 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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You don't need to be a fan of war movies to watch this... another reviewer compared it to Warriors, and the comparison is absolutely on point. Neither glamorise war and both show what it is: a filthy, heart-breaking, evil reality where good and bad become interchangeable and if people manage to skate along the surface of the grime and the death without drowning in it, they are the blessed minority.
Occupation takes place over the space of 4 years, and it shows the way in which war changes people. Soldiers, the family of soldiers, an Iraqi teen - it shows how the war festers inside them and fundamentally re-shapes who they are. So when you find yourself furious at someone, a single line they utter at the end stops you short and you realise as viewers, we just have no right to pass judgement or comment.
The person that represents "us" throughout the film is Hibbs's sister.Read more ›
The narrative follows the vice like grip the country takes on three British soldiers after a tour of duty in Basra( It was shot in Morocco) following the initial allied invasion in 2003 . Mike ( James Nesbitt ) meets and falls in love with an Iraqi doctor-Aliyah (Lubna Azabal)- which would be fine if he was single but he is a married man with two children. Danny ( Stephen Graham ) is a pill popping alcohol swilling jack the lad. Iraq to him offers the chance to make money in cahoots with urbane American .Security work guarding potential developers of post-war Iraq leads to them bidding for construction work of new hospitals . Hibbs ( Warren Brown )genuinely wants to help the Iraqi people make a better life for themselves and feels driven to return to the country by altruism and his nagging conscience.
The Iraqi conflict is shown to be devastating on numerous levels. As well as tearing Iraq apart ,economically , structurally and in societal terms the different agenda's rends the three men apart psychologically with Mike especially paying a heavy price. At the end of the drama the three men clad in funeral suits sat staring with looks of almost abject shock seem to be a metaphor for the way the war tore the Iraq people into factions.
Peter Bowkers drama highlights how Iraq became a cash cow for voracious Western businessmen .Read more ›
I found the first episode excellent in portraying both the work of our soldiers on the streets of Basra and the close camaraderie of soldiers in this kind of situation. However, for me the drama dissipated as the story unfolded and I wasn't convinced that all of the characters would have returned to Iraq in the way that they did. I thought the fact that no plans had been made for the reconstruction of Iraq once the war had ended was an important point to make, together with commenting on the subsequent rush to cash in on this reconstruction. However, I felt these political points were stressed too much and as a result the narrative got a bit sidetracked.
I've never seen Nesbitt in much on TV but I found his central role absolutely riveting - almost as good as his recent marvelous performance in the Northern Ireland drama 'Five Minutes of Heaven'. Danny Peterson and Warren Brown were also excellent and totally believable as, respectively, the less-likeable opportunist chancer and the 'sensitive one'. In fact the whole cast was superb, Sgt. Swift's wife, Hibbs' family were particularly good and the Iraqis were all portrayed as real human beings.
All-in-all this was top-quality television - it looked good, had high production values, wonderful acting from an excellent ensemble cast and a fast-moving script that tried to make sense of recent history. The fact that for me it wasn't a complete success possibly reflects the flawed nature of the occupation itself...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very well acted British TV BBC1 drama and I couldn't wait to buy it on DVD. I am glad I waited long enough to buy it cheaply and the main actors all do well. Read morePublished 22 months ago by KATHARINE BISSET
This highly emotive subject is handled in a deft and imaginative way. The script is crisp and sharp and the actors compelling.Published on 8 Nov. 2013 by Stephen Hinchliffe
Watched this twice and it made more sense the second time, there are so many layers of interconnection between the characters. Read morePublished on 30 April 2013 by kitmerlin
Missed this excellent film on TV and everyone at work raving about it.
Too expensive in shops so thought I'd buy it here. Read more
Gritty funny scary, you'll laugh you'll cry! Very realistic portrayal of the early days in the battle for Basrah (yes I was there!! Read morePublished on 29 July 2009 by Geraint Blackwood
It was a brave move for the BBC to show a new drama in one week, but it worked. Occupation is perhaps one of the best dramas to come out of the UK for years. Read morePublished on 1 July 2009 by [Alpha One]