We Were Soldiers (2002)

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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.

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Director:

Randall Wallace

Writers:

Harold G. Moore (book), Joseph L. Galloway (book), Randall Wallace (screenplay)

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23 March 2002 | chimoves
I've been waiting over 30 years for one
Ever since 1970 when I finished my third tour of combat duty with the Marines in Viet Nam I have been waiting for a film that reflected the American Fighting Man in the Viet Nam war as an American Fighting Man; not a drugged-out, anti-war whiner. Well this is it. The movie is non-stop action after the first fifteen minutes of character development is finished. Having experienced what it is like to be over-run by the NVA during the third week of my first VN tour I can tell you that this movie does an excellent job of showing the excitement, tension, exhaustion, chaos, and courage of an extended battle. While this is by no means the best war movie I have ever seen, it is the first Viet Nam war movie which has provided me with a sense of satisfaction after leaving the theater. Mel Gibson turns in a good performance, Sam Elliot is a bit stiff. The wives of the soldiers are believable. Including a bit of the NVA's attitude about the war adds a balanced flavor to the film. Overall I would say that you will experience at least a small part the intensity of war if you go to this movie. I took my female companion and she was shocked, touched, and thrilled with it. As Americans, we need to remember that freedom is not, and never has been, free. It is always paid for with the blood of those who fight to get it, sustain it, or expand it. The politically correct may not like this film, but then who cares what they like. Thanks for making this film Mel. I've been waiting over 30 years to see it.

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Trivia

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.


Quotes

Joe Galloway: 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 ...


Goofs

When Barry Pepper's character Joe Galloway puts his camera down and picks up a rifle to help defend the position, he places the camera on the ground at the base of a small tree. Later, when he goes to retrieve the camera and start taking photographs again, the camera is hanging from a tree branch. However, a fair amount of time passed and significant activity took place around that area, so anyone could have moved the camera and its changed location is consistent with this.


Alternate Versions

A scene in pre-release promotions shows Barbara Geoghegan (Keri Russell) talking in her kitchen to Julie Moore (Madeleine Stowe) about how her husband Jack (Chris Klein) did not need to go to war because of his missionary work.


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Wrtten by
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Performed by Tommy Blaize
Produced by Nick Glennie-Smith

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Action | Drama | History | War

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