R | | Action, Drama, Thriller
A very realistic interpretation of one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War.
This film was released a month after Full Metal Jacket (1987), which also takes place during the Vietnam War, was released. As a result of this, Full Metal Jacket received more notoriety than Hamburger Hill.
We've been up on that hill ten times, and they still don't think we're serious.
Although the practice of subduing unit shoulder patches was officially adopted during the Vietnam war, there were some units that refused to subdue their patches because of unit pride. The 101st Airborne Division was the major one that never subdued their shoulder patches. The 101st did not subdue the patch until BDUs started to be worn.
The following poem is shown at the beginning of the credits: If you are able, save for them a place inside of you and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go. Be not ashamed to say you loved them, though you may or may not have always. Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own. And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind. Major Michael Davis O'Donnell 1 January 1970 Dak To, Vietnam
$3,360,705 (USA) (30 August 1987)