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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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Seven men with one thing in common... See more »


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The picture was shot around early August 1983. See more »


The film begins in Vietnam in 1972. In several scenes the term LRRP (pronounced "lurp"), which stands for Long Range Recon Patrol, is used for Rhodes missing son's unit, including a LRRP tab above his unit patch in his shadow box. In 1969 all LRRP companies, which were attached to all major Army divisions in Vietnam, were re-designated and called Ranger Companies. These companies were tasked with recon patrol for the larger division they were assigned to. See more »


Sailor: Man, I'm so far beyond that shit now. I get energy from the air. I talk to polar bears. I converse with paramecium. Man, I fuck nuclear waste.
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One of the best Vietnam flicks
6 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Nothing sticks out more than the opening sequence: The chopper extraction, all those men left behind. The view from the chopper as the handful left behind are captured. That has to be one of the most memorable scenes of any film I've seen.

I think this movie is terrific. A band of Vietnam vets organized and trained to rescue the POW's our government left behind. It's not a perfect film, in places it's just horribly directed. But the chemistry of these brothers in arms works well. The film is as humanistic as much as it is an action flick. The topicality is rooted in an emotionally charged, contemporary issue which still resonates to this day. What happened to all those MIAs? Why has the US government refused to find them? Well, the film isn't really about answering those difficult questions. But it also doesn't let you forget them, either.

There is nothing revolutionary here. This topic has been handled before by less than memorable flicks like Rambo, and Missing in Action. This is much better written and acted. Gene Hackman makes the film what it is; human. You can imagine this rescue mission as a dream come true for every father who received that MIA telegram from that military. But, for me, there are some very moving moments that just stick with you. "it's really good to see you." stutters one of the POWs on the chopper. You know, every time I see that shot, I get a little misty. Because I think he speaks for every man who finally made it back from that hell on earth we call the Vietnam War.

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