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Hamburger Hill (1987)

 -  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. 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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While the rest of the world wondered why, the Screamin' Eagles fought and died in the fiercest battle of America's bloodiest war. See more »

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Drama | War | Action

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28 August 1987 (USA)  »

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937: Posición de combate  »

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$13,839,404 (USA)
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Trivia

A number of Vietnamese advisers served to ensure the authenticity of the Vietnamese people. John Irvin in particular made sure that the film looked real. See more »

Goofs

Although the practice of subduing unit shoulder patches was officially adopted during the Vietnam war, there were some units that refused to subdue their patches because of unit pride. The 101st Airborne Division was the major one that never subdued their shoulder patches. The 101st did not subdue the patch until BDUs started to be worn. See more »

Quotes

Doc: Surely, you people must be aware... that the brothers are here because they cannot afford an ed-u-cation.
Pvt. Joe Beletsky: So what am I doing? Sitting in some fuckin' country club sipping on seven-n-sevens and eating a steak? Take a look around, Doc. I see all kinds of white faces here.
Doc: [clears throat] Okay. The war started for you... when you farted, and said "good morning Vietnam!" See, now I was born into this shit.
Pvt. Joe Beletsky: And they yanked that gold fuckin' spoon outta MY mouth and sent me over here to see how you ...
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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 Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) See more »

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Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay
Written by Otis Redding and Steve Cropper
Performed by Otis Redding
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Breaking the Microcosm
24 April 2003 | by (Shermer, Illinois) – See all my reviews

Vietnam war movies have a tendency to start debating the necessity of war (or futility of it). Full Metal Jacket is merely brainwashed patriotism that Kubrick intended (I guess) to make his dehumanizing statement. Platoon remains the most preachy of the lot, always bringing in morals and spirituality into the mix.

Enter "Hamburger Hill", an introspective look into the lifestyle of the soldier in Vietnam without trying to sell us a message. What you get out of it is not what they tell you, but rather what you interpret on your own. The battle itself is one of the most gruelling experiences ever put on celluloid. My kudos to John Irvin for pulling it off so effectively and warping our emotions as he proceeds.

My biggest guff with this movie rests in the fact that it takes more than halfway through for them to actually GET to Hamburger Hill. After that, it's definitely worth a look. Overall: 3 out of 5 stars.


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