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
"C'mon... we're going home."
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Did You Know?
The quotation made by Colonel Cal Rhodes (Gene Hackman
) was from Act 5, Scene 1 of William Shakespeare
's "Julius Caesar". The quote was actually a paraphrase of two quotes of what Brutus says to Cassius: "If a man were to know the end of this day's business 'ere it come. But it suffices that the day will end and then the end be known. And if we meet again, well then we'll smile. And if not, then this parting was well made". The actual quotes in the play read: "Oh, that a man might know The end of this day's business ere it come! But it sufficeth that the day will end, And then the end is known" and "But this same day. Must end that work the ides of March begun; And whether we shall meet again I know not. Therefore our everlasting farewell take: For ever, and for ever, farewell, Cassius! If we do meet again, why, we shall smile; If not, why, then, this parting was well made". See more
When Gene Hackman's character arrives to pick up the weapons and the police officer tells him that the guns will be confiscated, during two shots we see the truck driving off behind him. See more
Col. Cal Rhodes
You know, for years, I couldn't sleep after Korea. My nightmares all had to do with the Chosin Reservoir. The ground there was so frozen, we couldn't bury our dead. We had to pile 'em on trucks and lash them up against the tanks. For years I'd wake up with those dead, frozen faces staring at me.
Did it ever go away?
Col. Cal Rhodes
No... I finally made friends with them, though.
Spoofed in Tropic Thunder
Written and Performed by Ray Kennedy See more