Who stole my war?

Categories: Film
Local author Joel Turnipseed is featured in the arts section of today's New York Times. The article raises questions about whether the recently released film Jarhead is guilty of cribbing material from Turnipseed's own Gulf War memoir, Baghdad Express.


Several passages from the film mimic scenes that appear in Turnipseed's book. However, in the Times piece screenwriter William Broyles, Jr. denies that there was any pilfering, arguing that the scenes in question are common to many Marine Corps experiences.

"I feel bad that he feels bad," Mr. Broyles said, adding that he had read and admired "Baghdad Express." "Maybe some of it stuck in my mind or maybe it was already there," he said.


Turnipseed has retained an attorney to look into the matter.

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