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We Were Soldiers

  • Film

Time Out says

The Valley of Death, La Drang, Vietnam, 1965. Lt-Col Hal Moore (Gibson) and 400 of his fellow Seventh Cavalrymen encounter 2,000 dug-in Viet Cong, who they engage in a severe four-day rearguard action, until the remnants are pulled out. The major part of this serious-minded war movie, adapted by the scriptwriter of Braveheart and Pearl Harbor from Col Moore's book, depicts this savage battle in graphic, protracted and often confusing scenes. A forward party is separated; we watch them being picked off relentlessly. 'I'm glad I could die for my country - tell my wife I love her,' says a dying GI, sounding too much like a movie soldier. There's no 'gook' talk here, and few die from 'friendly fire'. Gibson's fatherly commander, whose dictum is 'we're coming back together - dead or alive,' steadfastly strives for iconic status as the image of military professionalism. The movie is as predictable as Gibson's performance; not gung ho, but tokenistic in its effort to present both sides impartially, and celebratory despite the director's determination to show the fighting men as fathers, sons and lovers.
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Release Details

  • Duration:138 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Randall Wallace
  • Screenwriter:Randall Wallace
  • Cast:
    • Mel Gibson
    • Madeleine Stowe
    • Greg Kinnear
    • Sam Elliott
    • Chris Klein
    • Keri Russell
    • Barry Pepper
    • Don Duong
    • Ryan Hurst
    • Marc Blucas
    • Josh Daugherty
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