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?
About five years after this picture, actor Gene Hackman
starred in another Vietnam War movie called Bat*21
(1988). That movie represented the opposite of this film. In Bat*21
(1988), Hackman is trapped behind enemy lines in the Vietnam War and it is he who needs to be rescued. In Uncommon Valor
(1983), Hackman is responsible for recruiting a band of brothers to bring home a number of their buddy soldiers (including his son) who were still missing in action from the Vietnam War that they had fought in. 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
Col. Cal Rhodes
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.
Col. Cal Rhodes
And if not, then this parting was well made.
Referenced in Summer Rental
Sunshine of Your Love
Written by Jack Bruce
, Pete Brown
(as Peter Brown) & Eric Clapton See more