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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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One of the best Vietnam War movies See more (96 total) »


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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 Bailey .... 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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The closing credits include a famous poem about the war written by Major Michael Davis O'Donnell on January 1, 1970. O'Donnell was declared missing in action on March 24, 1970 after piloting a helicopter on an extraction mission inside Cambodia. He was declared killed in action in 1978. His remains were recovered and identified with DNA testing many years later, and were interred at Arlington National Cemetery in 2001.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
Motown:It don't mean nothing, man. Not a thing.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) (V)See more »
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35 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
One of the best Vietnam War movies, 2 March 2002
Author: wildcatt268 from Livermore, CA

This is one of the very best and most realistic movies on the Vietnam War. There is no politicizing angst like "Platoon" and no flights of fantasy and metaphysics like "Full-Metal Jacket" or "Apocalypse Now". Those movies were too full of themselves and their "message" (and Oliver Stone, in particular, sought more to advance his political viewpoints by distortion rather than show realistic combat). These guys in the 101st Airborne were engaged in a brutal, actual battle. From the first ambush scene through each of the assaults on the hill, realism was achieved. The North Vietnamese hiding safe in their bunkers during air-strikes, only to emerge and start shooting and rolling grenades down the hill again on the paratroopers--all real. The conversations among the troops, about what they would do when they got home, what kind of car they would buy, are all typical of what I remember from my year over there in the infantry. There was no pontificating about good and evil as with Oliver Stone's much overrated "Platoon". Most of all, it showed guys trying just to take care of each other, while still carrying on with a meat-grinder of a mission. The actors were all virtually unknown at the time this was made, but acquitted themselves well. This movie was unfortunately underpromoted and slipped virtually unnoticed through the theaters, leaving most of us to catch it in the video stores. I am glad I came across it. If you missed this one, go rent it.

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