Uncommon Valor (1983)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  16 December 1983 (USA)
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Ten years after his son went MIA in Vietnam, U.S.Marine retired Colonel Jason Rhodes assembles a private rescue team to find Americans held in POW camps in Laos.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alice Lau ...
Lai Fun (as Lau Nga Lai)
Kwan Hi Lim ...
Kelly Junkerman ...
MacGregor (as Kelly Yunkerman)
Frank Rhodes
Helen Rhodes
Mrs. Wilkes
Gloria Stroock ...
Mrs. MacGregor


A group of Vietnam War veterans re-unite to rescue one of their own left behind and taken prisoner by the Vietnamese. Led by his father (a retired Marine Colonel) and supported by a rich businessman whose son is also a POW, the group engages in a dangerous and violent adventure trying to rescue the POWs and at the same time re-direct their lives. Written by Luis Alvarez

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"C'mon... we're going home." See more »


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16 December 1983 (USA)  »

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Last River to Cross  »

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Part of a mini Hollywood cycle of war movies made during the early to mid 1980s involving the rescue of American soldiers still be held in Vietnam. The films include Uncommon Valor (1983), Missing in Action (1984) and Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985). See more »


Mr Jiang repeatedly gets Colonel Rhodes rank wrong, Calling him General Rhodes at least twice. See more »


Jiang: [Jiang's daughters arrive, leading some pack horses] Gentlemen: these are my daughters. They will accompany us into Laos.
Jiang: Unfortunately, I have no sons to offer you. They were killed by Laotian Red Guards during opium run.
Jiang: However, Colonel Rhodes, I am certain my daughters will prove themselves worthy.
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an interesting VIETNAM movie...the one that started the "return to Vietnam" film fad
26 September 2000 | by (airfoil7@AOL.COM) – See all my reviews

UNCOMMON VALOR is perhaps the most believable of the "return to Vietnam to rescue the POW's" films. The film ceters on the attempts of COL.RHODES played by GENE HACKMAN to find his boy missing in action in Vietnam. He gathers a small group of Vietnam vets +one recent military veteran to go back into Vietnam via THAILAND. Along the way the THAI police and the CIA confiscate their weapons so new weapons are purchased...WW2 vintage. The team goes in to the area and hijinks ensue. This is a fine war film and a great action adventure film. Of note are GENE HACKMAN, TIM THOMERSON, and FRED WARD. These three actors give fine performances as Vietnam vets who must come to grips with the war and their return. In fact, everyone in this film is good. This film departs from the phony heroics of RAMBO and tells a more human tale. The character og MACGREGOR is symbolic of someone like H. ROSS PEROT. This film is worth a viewing and has excellent production values and is well directed. Of note is the fact that WINGS HAUSER, had a role in the production of this film.

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