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Uncommon Valor (1983)

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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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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16 December 1983 (USA)  »

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Last River to Cross  »

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$14,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,144,367 (USA) (16 December 1983)

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$30,503,151 (USA) (10 February 1984)
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Trivia

Due to the US Government's perception that the film's story was anti-government, the US Department of Defense refused to rent the production military-spec Huey or Jet Ranger helicopters. As such, copters were bought and repainted for use in the movie. See more »

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When Kevin Scott and Mr. Jiang are lying on the hilltop, overlooking the prison camp, they have a verbal exchange as to whether the choppers are actually coming. The camera shifts back-and forth several times between Scott and Jiang. During the course of this dialogue, however, Jiang is - without ever changing his position - shown alternately holding a recoilless rifle, or a rocket-propelled-grenade launcher. See more »

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MacGregor: Do you ever regret letting Frank go, Jason?
Col. Cal Rhodes: He was already in the service. There was never any question of him going.
MacGregor: With all your contacts in Washington, couldn't you get him stationed anywhere else?
Col. Cal Rhodes: When there's a war, the Rhodes fight. We lost almost the whole family at Gettysburg in one day. That's all we're good at. Never been good at anything else. Haven't always been real good at the fighting, either. A lot of us been killed... but we're always there.
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It's really worth a watch. Really.
23 October 2003 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

This is probably one of the best movies I have watched. Period. I'm not gonna dwell into the plot (a bunch of other guys here already did). So what I will say is that it is indeed as realistic - in terms of the actors who played the veterans called upon to settle some "unfinished business", the fears that viet vets harbor even after all these years, and the realistic nature of the POWs (who I must say performed really well, one not being able to speak English, another can't leave the garden he is forced to tend to). Even to the point of the senator not wanting to see "that old MIA colonel again." From what I have read on the issue over the last 20 years, the film (to me at least) hits it "right on the nail." And who can forget French restaurant owner with his parrot. The directors made it look to seem that he has been around since the French were in Vietnam, and who managed to crave a little business for himself, gun dealing. And the introduction! Awesome! Awesome! (Marines under fire dashing across the field being pursued by NVA as choppers hover overhead; all in slow motion with haunting music). It's a great movie.

None of that nonsense like what was featured in Missing in Action and Rambo II; now those are bad comedies. They are just an example of a good story that's mishandled to turn into complete garbage.

My thanks to all who were involved in the research and making of the film. You've done a great job, Ted, Gene, Reb, and all you others.


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