Fires of Kuwait (1992) 1080p

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Frame Rate:
23.976 fps
English 5.1  
Run Time:
36 min
IMDB Rating:
7.2 / 10 
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Directors: David Douglas [Director] ,

Movie Description:
After Saddam Hussein had the Kuwait Oil wells lit up, teams from all over the world fought those fires for months. They had to save the oil resources, as well as reduce air pollution. The different teams developed different techniques of extinguishing the fires. From TNT-shockwaves blowing out the flames to Tank-mounted twin MIG-jet-engines (from Hungary) blasting away the flames (and nearly lifting the tank into the air), man's emergency creativity can be seen at it's best.


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a decade later, the US was not so popular in Kuwait

Obviously, David Douglas's Academy Award-nominated "Fires of Kuwait" looks at the international effort to extinguish Kuwait's burning oilfields after the Gulf War.

But there are a few things worth mentioning. Even if you ignore the US's arming of Saddam Hussein in the '80s (including Reagan's willingness to forgive the accidental Iraqi attack on a US warship in 1987, considering Saddam too important a bulwark against Iran to criticize), and even if you ignore the US's devastation of Iraq in 1991 and further in 2003, it's worth noting Kuwaiti attitudes towards the US.

In the aftermath of the first Gulf War - which never really ended, as the US prevented Iraq from rebuilding - Kuwaitis adored the US and even named a street after George Bush. But a "60 Minutes" report on Kuwait a few weeks after the 9/11 attacks revealed that the US was no longer that popular there. The Kuwaitis saw the US backing Israel, and were also displeased with the US occupation of Afghanistan. In fact, 34% of Kuwaitis considered Osama bin Laden a terrorist, while 42% considered him a freedom fighter. At a summit of the Arab League in April 2002, Kuwait's representative told Iraq's representative that the Kuwaitis were willing to forgive and forget.

Well, look where Iraq is now. Thanks for nothing, Mark Sykes and Fran?ois Picot!

Anyway, a fairly interesting documentary. I wonder if anyone realizes that no wars have gotten started over renewable energy.

Funny, I remember this history a bit different, namely, the USA did most of the work.

More BS from the left, obviously the concentration on the "allied" attempts to stop the burning fields is intended to give credit where it is NOT due. The USA did the bulk of the work, mentioning the tank mounted twin Mig engines proves that the left wanted to take away the bulk of the credit from the USA and give it to less deserving nations. Hungary? Give me a break! The left seeks to alter history to fit their twisted view of the world, namely, capitalism=bad, communism/socialism/totalitarian regimes = the public good. If you are a thinking person, it doesn't take long to see through this propaganda. Utter BS, avoid at all costs.

A positive triumph

The engulfing flames that hide the whole desertic scenario, leaving only the colors yellow and black result of the combination fire and smoke, present in "Jarhead" is just an example of what's to be seen in the great documentary "Fires of Kuwait". But the CGI composed image from Sam Mendes film doesn't get near the real dimension of what happened in the early 1990's when Saddam Hussein ordered the destruction of all the oil fields in Kuwait during the Golf War. It's disturbing images, the pollution and waste of resources, haunting, a hellish nightmare yet it's strangely beautiful, astounding, hypnotizing. It's a shame that technology still isn't able to make us feel what it is to be close to an event of this magnitude, to smell, to feel the heat. The closer we can get of this effect (or at least the lucky ones who saw it in the theaters) is just the images, fully developed in IMAX with outstanding resolution. From the tragedy, we get the spectacle of fumes.

It's importance isn't wholly on the burning, it's about the team effort from people all over the world who coordinated and worked to extinguish the fires the best way they could. Their operation tested several different ways to combat the fire with one team using of water from pipelines (a team even tried to make a way to the ocean through the desert) and another team had a "The Wages of Fear" kind of mission, to put out fire with more fire by using dynamite. 9 months of extreme hard work, horrible conditions and a mission that seemed impossible. The challenge and the positive outcome of it, that's where the story is, that's why we join this real venture guided by the powerful voice of the great Rip Torn. 9/10
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