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Hamburger Hill (1987)

A very realistic interpretation of one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War.

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(as Jim Carabatsos)
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Cast

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Anthony Barrile ...
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Pvt. Ray Motown (as Michael Patrick Boatman)
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Don James ...
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Pvt. Paul Galvan (as M.A. Nickles)
Harry O'Reilly ...
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A brutal and realistic war film focuses on the lives of a squad of 14 U.S. Army soldiers of B Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infanty Regiment, 101st Airborne Division during the brutal 10 day (May 11-20, 1969) battle for Hill 937 in the A Shau Valley of Vietnam as they try again and again to take the fortified hill held by the North Vietnamese, and the faults and casualties they take every time in which the battle was later dubbed "Hamburger Hill" because enemy fire was so fierce that the fusillade of bullets turned assaulting troops into shreded hamburger meat. Written by Matthew Patay <1792a@aol.com>

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The most realistic portrayal of the Vietnam War ever filmed . Because it's the only one that's true. See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller | War

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R | See all certifications »

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28 August 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

937: Posición de combate  »

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$13,839,404 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Both this film and Platoon (1986) were shot in the Philippines. Many of the actors hadn't been out of the United States before. See more »

Goofs

In the U.S. Army in Vietnam in 1969 the correct radio jargon for artillery fire missions was "Shot, over." from the artillery battery with the reply "Shot, out." from the infantry on the ground. Then came "Splash, over." and "Splash, out." Perhaps the "Rounds over" and "Rounds out." jargon was used by the U.S. Marine Corps. See more »

Quotes

Worcester: I'm gonna put the new guys in your squad.
Sgt. Frantz: Oh, shit!
Worcester: Hey, don't 'oh shit' me, troop! The old man has me breaking-in another new Lieutenant and he looks like Palmolive-fucking-soap!
Sgt. Frantz: Yeah, well I don't need this f-n-g shit, Worcester.
Worcester: Yeah, well write your Congressman. And while you're at it, tell him I need a steak, a bucket of cold beer and a round-eye to wrap my leg around!
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Crazy Credits

The following poem is shown at the beginning of the credits: If you are able, save for them a place inside of you and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go. Be not ashamed to say you loved them, though you may or may not have always. Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own. And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind. Major Michael Davis O'Donnell 1 January 1970 Dak To, Vietnam See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay
Written by Otis Redding and Steve Cropper
Performed by Otis Redding
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I was there. This film gets it right.
24 July 1999 | by (Birmingham, Alabama) – See all my reviews

I was an infantryman in the field in Vietnam. There are only 2 Vietnam movies that are even close to real - this one and Apocalypse Now, and they are both as close as a movie can get.

Hamburger Hill gets it right in many ways, the banter among the grunts, the fatalism mixed with the desire to survive a vicious war, the emotional stress of seeing your fellow GI's become casualties. The GI jargon used in the writing is the most authentic in any movie about that war. But most of all it depicts the incredible, to me mystical, bravery which drives any man into terrible battle in any war, on any side. This movie is an unpretentious marvel.

As for Apocalypse Now, it gets it right in a very different way. Everything in that movie actually happened in Vietnam, crazy as each scene may be to one who wasn't there. Take it scene by scene. Believe everything you see. (Except, of course, the whole Col. Kurtz - private army - assassination theme, which was out of the book about war in South Africa. It made a great hook for this movie, but no U. S. Army senior officer ever went off the deep end like that.)


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