R | | Action, Drama, History
The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War, and the soldiers on both sides that fought it, while their wives wait nervously and anxiously at home for the good news or the bad news.
In the shot of the hospital nursery, early in the movie, one of the babies is named Papac, hand printed on a card attached to the bassinet. Michael Papac is the armorer for this film, and given the massive scale of the arms and ammunition needed for filming, he played a central role in creating this movie. In fact, in the credits, he is listed as Master Armorer, and three assistants are credited as "Weapons Armorers". It is doubtful that any other movie has ever needed, and credited, four armorers. Naming the baby Papac so prominently, was a well deserved tribute to his contributions.
These are the true events of November, 1965, the Ia Drang Valley of Vietnam, a place our country does not remember, in a war it does not understand. This story's a testament to the young Americans who died in the valley of death, and a tribute to ...
In the opening scene that depicts the destruction of Groupement Mobile No.100, the officers are shown wearing képis, implying that they are members of the Foreign Legion. However, there were no Legion units present. GM 100 consisted of the 1st and 2nd Korea Battalions, Battalion de Marche of the 43rd Colonial Infantry and the 2nd Group of the 10th Colonial Artillery.
Film was released in Germany in an uncut FSK-18 rated version and in an edited FSK-16 rated version. This version does removes about 12 minutes of footage (including Mel Gibson's speech at the farewell party, vietnamese soldier trying to stab Mel Gibson with his bayonet and getting shot in the head) but still includes some rather violent (for a FSK-16 version) shots (the throat-hit of the french soldier in the opening-scene and the napalm-attack, complete with the pulled off skin of Jimmy's legs is intact).
English, Vietnamese, French
$20,212,543 3 March 2002