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28 August 1987 (USA) See more »
War at its worst. Men at their Best. See more »
A very realistic interpretation of one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
John Irvin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
James Carabatsos 

Produced by
James Carabatsos .... producer
Marcia Nasatir .... producer
Jerry Offsay .... executive producer
Original Music by
Philip Glass 
Cinematography by
Peter MacDonald 
Film Editing by
Peter Tanner 
Casting by
Mary Colquhoun 
Production Design by
Austen Spriggs 
Art Direction by
Toto Castillo 
Makeup Department
Cecille Baun .... makeup artist
Neville Smallwood .... makeup artist
Production Management
Claude Hudson .... unit manager
Ernesto C. Rojas .... production supervisor: Philippines
Manina Viterbo .... assistant production supervisor: Philippines
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve Harding .... first assistant director
Socrates B. Jose .... first assistant director: Philippines (as Soc Jose)
Nikolas Korda .... second assistant director
David W. Rose .... second assistant director
Art Department
Noel Luna .... set dresser
Joe Pfaltzgraf .... prop man
John Zemansky .... property master
Sound Department
Mercurio Argulla .... sound operator: location manager: Philippines
Steve Bartlett .... sound
Terry Busby .... foley editor
Christian T. Cooke .... adr mixer
David Hildyard .... sound mixer
Dominic Lester .... sound re-recording mixer
Archie Ludski .... supervising dialogue editor
Robin O'Donoghue .... sound re-recording mixer
David Pearson .... boom operator
John Pitt .... sound recordist
Les Wiggins .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Mario Carmona .... special effects: Philippine Islands
David Delina .... special effects: Philippine Islands
Joe Digaetano .... special effects
Delio Dizon .... special effects: Philippine Islands
Rudy Liszczak .... special effects
Paul J. Lombardi .... special effects
Ted Martin .... special effects: Philippine Islands (as Teddy Martin)
Antonio Peras .... special effects: Philippine Islands
Larry Reid .... special effects
Ken Tarallo .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Alan Church .... optical cameraman (uncredited)
Tony Willis .... rostrum cameraman (uncredited)
Jerry Beyer .... stuntman: Philippines crew (as Gerry Bayley)
Eric Hahn .... stuntman: Philippines crew
Renato Morado .... stuntman: Philippines crew
Tip Tipping .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Rufo Ballos Balicas .... key grip: Philippines (as Rufo Balicas)
Mike Brewster .... camera operator
David Budd .... focus puller
Jun Dalawis .... camera operator: Philippines
Martin Evans .... gaffer
Leonardo Legaspi .... gaffer: Philippines
Roger Mills .... best boy
George Parrish .... best boy
Luke Quigley .... grip
Nigel Seal .... first assistant camera
Casting Department
Ken Metcalfe .... casting: Philippines
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pense Libre .... wardrobe: Philippines
David Murphy .... wardrober
Editorial Department
Elsa Abellana .... assistant editor: Philippines
Music Department
Michael Connell .... music editor
Michael Riesman .... conductor
Other crew
Luis Alba .... location manager: Philippines
Charit Almiranez .... continuity girl: Philippines
Susanna Alves .... assistant to producer
Sallie Beechinor .... production coordinator
Andy Birmingham .... film finance representative
Andy Birmingham .... production accountant
Mark Birmingham .... floor assistant
Charles Cannon .... in memoriam
Mario Carmona .... in memoriam
Kieu Chinh .... vietnamese advisor
Jane Comendador .... military liaison: Philippines
Joseph B. Conmy Jr. .... military liaison (as Colonel Joseph B. Conmy Jr.)
Peter Cooper .... location manager
Quinn Donoghue .... unit publicist
Yvonne Eastmond .... assistant production accountant
Ulysses Formanez .... location manager: Philippines
Sylvia Gajardo .... assistant accountant: Philippines
Claude Hudson .... in memoriam
Pauline Hume .... title designer
Jill James .... assistant to director
Glady Leonardo .... accountant: Philippines
Robin Matthews .... assistant to director
Roger Mills .... in memoriam
Al Neal .... military advisor
Annie Penn .... continuity (as Annie Wotton)
Gwynn Press .... assistant to producer
Richard Santos .... location manager: Philippines
Jane Aguirre .... production assistant (uncredited)
Gary Martin .... adr voice (uncredited)
Tom Trigo .... location manager (uncredited)

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110 min
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Australia:M | Australia:MA (Special Edition DVD) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | Germany:16 (cut) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:M | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 (VHS/DVD rating) | South Korea:12 (theatrical rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:16 (f)
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Did You Know?

First cinema film of Courtney B. Vance.See more »
Factual errors: None of the F-4 jet aircraft that 'bombed' the Hill numerous times had any bombs on them. Any ordnance on an F-4 is visible, those pictured had none, not even wing (fuel) tanks.See more »
Doc:Okay. The war started for you when you farted... and said "Good mornin', Vietnam".See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Sir! No Sir! (2005)See more »
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77 out of 85 people found the following review useful.
Realism and Radicalism, 23 April 2001
Author: artzau from Sacramento, CA

This is an excellent depiction of the insanity that was the war in Viet Nam. My view as a naval officer during a scenic tour of the Mekong near the Cambodian border and the Vietnamese city of Chau Phu, permitted me to be a witness to many, many occasions involving the wholesale abuse of humans by humans. The strain on mind, body and soul takes years (if ever) to repair and this film captures it. There are brief glimpses of this agony in some of the other films mentioned here in the reviews, e.g., Apocalypse Now, Full Metal Jacket and Platoon. Each of these films have merit but are deeply flawed. Apocalypse Now is steeped in moral allegory to the expense of an accurate portrayal of the war; Full Metal Jacket is only 2/3 completed; Platoon becomes a Levi-Straussian moral tale with an arch villain and virtuous hero-- the latter heinously slain by the former with revenge exacted by the weary sojourner on the odyssey. OK. What do we have here with Hamburger Hill? A story? Heroic acts? Action? Not really. What we have is the horror and insanity of war. The film ends on the same pointless note as it began. But, you know what? Reading through the detractors of this film who touted the other potential three and slammed this one, I would not hesitate to bet they were never there. I could glance at the reviews and pick out the vets-- not just on the basis of whether they liked this film or not but of how they reacted to it. I know and know damn well. I too was there, brothers. See this film. It's well produced, directed and the cast is damn good. Check it out.

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