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Hamburger Hill (1987)

R  |   |  Drama, War, Action  |  28 August 1987 (USA)
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A very realistic interpretation of one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War.

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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)
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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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Drama | War | Action

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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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Trivia

Theatrical breakthrough for many of the cast, including Don Cheadle (who would go on to star in Crash (2004) and Traffic (2000)), Dylan McDermott (who went on to be in Steel Magnolias (1989) and In the Line of Fire (1993)), and Courtney B. Vance (best known for his roles in Nothing But the Truth (2008) and Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001)). See more »

Goofs

When Sgt Franz is calling in an arty strike, he repeats "Rounds out" every time he heard an arty piece being shot. The correct radio comm procedure would have been the arty unit to call "Rounds over". Franz would have responded "Rounds out". 2-3 seconds before the rounds impacted, the arty unit would have radioed. "Splash over". Franz would have responded, "Splash out". This lets friendly units know rounds are coming down range and time to get down. See more »

Quotes

Newsman: [trying to interview GIs returning to base after a hard day of fighting] Hey, word down at division is you guys can't take this hill. What do you have to say about that? In fact Senator Kennedy insists you guys haven't got a chance at all.
Sgt. Frantz: [glares at Newsman for a few seconds] You really like this shit, don't you? It's your job, a story, wait here like a fucking vulture for someone to die so you can take a picture.
Newsman: [becoming angry] It's my job...
Sgt. Frantz: I got more respect for those little bastards up on ...
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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

References Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

I Second That Emotion
Written by Al Cleveland (as Alfred Cleveland) and William Robinson, Jr.
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Realistic account of what it was really like.
3 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There were many battles for useless real estate in Vietnam but Hamburger was among those that cost the most lives and John Irvin's telling of it on film is up there in my list of the three best films about Vietnam, the other two being "Platoon" and "We Were Soldiers" The critics generally overlooked HH but that doesn't change the fact that it was great movie in my opinion and the actors, while for the most part unknown, did a great job. They were "believable" as grunts.They had the lingo of that day down pat and their characters were well formed by the time the movie gets to the job of taking the Hill. This is especially true of Courtney B.Vance who played Doc.


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