American Sniper is a 2014 American biographical war drama film directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Jason Hall.
When used to define a specific genre or type of film or television programme, drama is usually qualified with additional terms that specify its particular subgenre, such as "costume drama," "political drama," "courtroom drama," "domestic drama," or "comedy-drama."
Clinton "Clint" Eastwood Jr. is an American actor, filmmaker, musician, and political figure.
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It is loosely based on the memoir American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History by Chris Kyle, with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice.
Christopher Scott Kyle was a United States Navy SEAL veteran and sniper.
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The film follows the life of Kyle, who became the deadliest marksman in U.S. military history with 255 kills from four tours in the Iraq War, 160 of which were officially confirmed by the Department of Defense.
Iraq, officially the Republic of Iraq is a country in Western Asia, bordered by Turkey to the north, Iran to the east, Kuwait to the southeast, Saudi Arabia to the south, Jordan to the southwest, and Syria to the west.
The Iraq War was a protracted armed conflict that began in 2003 with the invasion of Iraq by a United States-led coalition that toppled the government of Saddam Hussein.
While Kyle was celebrated for his military successes, his tours of duty took a heavy toll on his personal and family life.
The film was produced by Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper, and Peter Morgan.
Robert Lorenz is an American film producer and director, best known for his collaborations with Clint Eastwood.
Andrew Lazar is an American film producer and graduate of the New York University Tisch School of the Arts.
It stars Bradley Cooper as Kyle and Sienna Miller as his wife Taya, with Luke Grimes, Jake McDorman, Cory Hardrict, Kevin Lacz, Navid Negahban, and Keir O'Donnell in supporting roles.
Keir O'Donnell is an Australian-born American actor, best known for his roles in the films Wedding Crashers, The Break-Up, Paul Blart: Mall Cop and American Sniper as well as numerous television appearances.
John Allen "Jake" McDorman IV is an American actor, best known for starring in the leading role of Brian Finch in the CBS weekly television drama, Limitless, from September 2015 to April 2016.
Luke Timothy Grimes is an American actor, best known for his roles in the films American Sniper, and the Fifty Shades of Grey series.
The world premiere was on November 11, 2014, at the American Film Institute Festival, followed by a limited theatrical release in the United States on December 25, 2014 and a wide release on January 16, 2015.
The film became a major success, with a worldwide gross of over $547 million, making it the highest-grossing film of 2014 in the United States, the highest-grossing war film of all time unadjusted for inflation, and Eastwood's highest-grossing film to date.
The film received mostly positive reviews from critics, with the majority of praise directed towards Cooper's lead performance and Eastwood's direction, though it attracted some controversy over its portrayal of both the War in Iraq and of Chris Kyle.
At the 87th Academy Awards, American Sniper received six nominations, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actor for Cooper, ultimately winning one award for Best Sound Editing.
The Academy Awards, or "Oscars", is an annual American awards ceremony hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to recognize excellence in cinematic achievements in the United States film industry as assessed by the Academy's voting membership.
The 87th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, honored the best films of 2014 and took place on February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles beginning at 5:30 p.m.