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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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Cast

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Anthony Barrile ...
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Pvt. Ray Motown (as Michael Patrick Boatman)
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Michael Dolan ...
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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War at its worst. Men at their Best. 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

A gravity bomb or napalm tank is moving at the speed of the plane when released, and only picks up downward velocity at 32.2 ft/sec per second. So it drops 16 ft the first sec, 48 ft the second sec, another 80 ft the 3rd. It's moving forward about 300 mph or 440 ft/sec, roughly the field of vision or six lengths of an F-4 in a second. So the F-4s dropped their loads about a second or over 400 feet before you even see them. The film has it right. 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

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Soundtracks

Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town
Written by Mel Tillis
Performed by Waylon Jennings
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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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