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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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Trivia

The movie's "Uncommon Valor" title refers to an inscription on the Marine Corps War Memorial monument in Washington D,C., also known as The Iwo Jima Memorial. It states: "Where uncommon valor was a common virtue". This statement is a tribute by Admiral Chester W. Nimitz to the fighting men on Iwo Jima. The memorial bears two inscriptions, the other being,"In honor and memory of the men of the United States Marine Corps who have given their lives to their country since 10 November 1775". 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 »

Quotes

Johnson: Red wine and uppers... that's why we call him Sailor. He used to take a lot of red wine and uppers, and just sail away.
Charts: How come he wears that goddamned grenade around his neck?
Blaster: Sailor always said, that if life got too shitty, he'd just pull the pin and see what's next.
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Brothers in the Night
Written by Ray Kennedy, Kevin Dukes & David Ritz
Performed by Ray Kennedy
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User Reviews

an interesting VIETNAM movie...the one that started the "return to Vietnam" film fad
26 September 2000 | by (airfoil7@AOL.COM) – See all my reviews

UNCOMMON VALOR is perhaps the most believable of the "return to Vietnam to rescue the POW's" films. The film ceters on the attempts of COL.RHODES played by GENE HACKMAN to find his boy missing in action in Vietnam. He gathers a small group of Vietnam vets +one recent military veteran to go back into Vietnam via THAILAND. Along the way the THAI police and the CIA confiscate their weapons so new weapons are purchased...WW2 vintage. The team goes in to the area and hijinks ensue. This is a fine war film and a great action adventure film. Of note are GENE HACKMAN, TIM THOMERSON, and FRED WARD. These three actors give fine performances as Vietnam vets who must come to grips with the war and their return. In fact, everyone in this film is good. This film departs from the phony heroics of RAMBO and tells a more human tale. The character og MACGREGOR is symbolic of someone like H. ROSS PEROT. This film is worth a viewing and has excellent production values and is well directed. Of note is the fact that WINGS HAUSER, had a role in the production of this film.


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