When Tillman enlisted in the Army in 2002, he gave up a lucrative contract with the NFL, an act that was celebrated at the time for its selflessness and courage. Two years later, as an Army Ranger, he was killed in Afghanistan in an episode initially described as a Taliban ambush; the former Arizona Cardinals player was awarded a posthumous Silver Star, and his funeral drew thousands, including Sen. John McCain and California first lady Maria Shriver.
Weeks later, the Army revealed that Tillman's death was "probably" the result of fratricide. But by that time, the military and Bush administration's narrative of Tillman's life and death had taken on a life of its own, its mythology increasingly at odds with the truth known by his closest family and friends. In "The Tillman Story," filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev spins a fascinating, shattering and finally appalling story of his own as he deconstructs the official story -- a "comfortable fable," as one observer calls the government's version of events -- and leads viewers on an absorbing search for the truth of Tillman's death and its subsequent coverup.