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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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Alice Lau ...
Lai Fun (as Lau Nga Lai)
Kwan Hi Lim ...
Jiang
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MacGregor (as Kelly Yunkerman)
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Frank Rhodes
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Helen Rhodes
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Mrs. Wilkes
Gloria Stroock ...
Mrs. MacGregor
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Storyline

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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Action | Drama | Thriller | War

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16 December 1983 (USA)  »

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Last River to Cross  »

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$14,500,000 (estimated)
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"Uncommon Valor" is also the title of a 2006 song sung by hip hop duo Jedi Mind Tricks and included on their album "Servants in Heaven, Kings in Hell". The socially conscious hip hop song's full title is "Uncommon Valor: A Vietnam Story". See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Col. Cal Rhodes: Ground team, you're up that trail, you've got the grid coordinates. Air team you follow me down this creek. We'll that's it...it's game time. I had a speech prepared, but I guess I forgot it. There are some lines from Julius Caesar.. 'If a man were to know the end of this day's business ere it come; But it suffice that the day will end, and then the end is known. If we meet again, well then we'll smile, and if not then this parting was well made.'
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Brothers in the Night
Written by Ray Kennedy, Kevin Dukes & David Ritz
Performed by Ray Kennedy
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A Winner...It Caught Me By Surprise
16 August 2000 | by (Birmingham, Alabama) – See all my reviews

This movie is not the "true Vietnam" experience. For that, see only 2 films: Apocalypse Now and Hamburger Hill. All the rest are baloney, or worse. (OK, it's now 2008 and I'm editing this to include We Were Soldiers as another great Vietnam movie. It captivated me utterly and took me back, as did Apocalypse Now. When it was over I was unable to move from my seat until after the cleaning crew had finished.)

Uncommon Valor, however, is still a great Vietnam movie for all to see. It's uneven as hell, so you have to be flexible. I suggest you have fun with the goofball stuff, appreciate the combat bonding stuff, gloss over the obligatory linkage stuff. Watch closely as each Vietnam veteran is recruited and introduced, and learn. Then enjoy what you will of the characters and the actors who bring them to life. (I mostly loved them.)

I was an Infantryman in Vietnam. This movie is the only Vietnam movie, the only one, that ever brought tears to my eyes. I was amazed at the power of its ending. It was overwhelming to me.

When it comes right down to it, take this movie seriously.


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