Taking Chance (2009)

TV Movie   |  Not Rated   |    |  Drama, War


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Based on real-life events, Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, a volunteer military escort officer, accompanies the body of 19-year-old Marine Chance Phelps back to his hometown of Dubois, Wyoming.


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  • Kevin Bacon and Ross Katz in Taking Chance (2009)
  • Michael Strobl at an event for Taking Chance (2009)
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22 February 2009 | treehouse-11
Wonderful tribute
This film was a respectful tribute to our servicemen and women who have fallen in combat in Iraq, and a lesson to Hollywood. This film allows any viewer, of any political persuasion, race, color, creed to honor (and grieve) in a respectful and deeply moving way through the journey of a Marine escort. This was not a travelogue, this was America at its best. The people in this film are people I recognize, although I am not from Wyoming. They represent the many families and friends I know who have lost young, vital men and women in combat. I am from a small rural state and I haven't seen anything from Hollywood to match this in a long time.

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Trivia

Lieutenant Colonel Mike Strobl, a Desert Storm veteran, says he decided against another combat tour largely because of his young family. But he was conflicted, and joined the many military personnel who volunteered for escort duty as Iraqi war deaths escalated. Strobl's week-long trip accompanying Phelps' body from a Delaware military mortuary to burial in Wyoming, provides Taking Chance's poignant emotional context. Strobl shared his twenty-page journal of the trip with friends and co-workers, and it eventually spread virally to military blogs and the media. It was quickly green-lit for filming after surfacing at HBO, which has become a major outlet for war-related programming, both documentary and dramatized, with miniseries and films such as Generation Kill (2008), Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq (2006), Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery (2008), and Last Letters Home: Voices of American Troops From the Battlefields of Iraq (2004).


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LtCol Mike Strobl: Chance Phelps was wearing his St. Christopher medal when he was killed on Good Friday. Eight days later, I handed the medallion to his mother. I watched them carry him the final fifteen yards. I felt that as long as he was still moving, he was ...


Goofs

When LtCol Strobl is reading the list of prior incidents in the lobby of the mortuary, one of the incidents is listed as having occurred at "Nellis AFB, NY". Nellis Air Force Base is in Nevada, not New York.


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Take The Highway
Written by Toy Caldwell
Performed by
The Marshall Tucker Band
By Arrangement with Natural Energy Lab

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