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Release Date:
28 August 1987 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
War at its worst. Men at their Best. See more »
Plot:
A very realistic interpretation of one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A fierce and very thoughtful film. See more (90 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
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
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)
 
Stunts
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
David Murphy .... wardrober
 
Editorial Department
Elsa Abellana .... assistant editor: Philippines
 
Music Department
Michael Connell .... music editor
Michael Riesman .... conductor
 
Other crew
Susanna Alves .... assistant to producer
Sallie Beechinor .... production coordinator
Andy Birmingham .... film finance representative
Andy Birmingham .... production accountant
Mark Birmingham .... floor assistant
Kieu Chinh .... vietnamese advisor
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
Sylvia Gajardo .... assistant accountant: Philippines
Pauline Hume .... title designer
Jill James .... assistant to director
Glady Leonardo .... accountant: Philippines
Robin Matthews .... assistant to director
Al Neal .... military advisor
Annie Penn .... continuity (as Annie Wotton)
Gwynn Press .... assistant to producer
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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Trivia:
Both this film and Platoon (1986) were shot in the Philippines. Many of the actors hadn't been out of the United States before.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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:We've been up on that hill ten times, and they still don't think we're serious.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Sir! No Sir! (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Wish It Would RainSee more »

FAQ

Why was the hill abandoned after so much effort to take it?
What are the words of the poem in the titles and its' origin?
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23 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
A fierce and very thoughtful film., 12 March 2001
Author: mhasheider from Sauk City, Wisconsin

Extremely brutal and fierce true story about one particular group in the 101 Airborne Division, who spend ten days and eleven battles trying to claim a muddy and well-occupied hill that's dubbed "Hamburger Hill".

The cast in this film were mostly unknown like Dylan McDermott (who made his film debut here) and Steven Weber who both play the platoon's two weary and determined sergeants, Don Cheadle is one of the five new recruits, Michael Boatman and Courtney Vance are also in the cast. It's certainly well-acted by McDermott and Vance..

John Irvin ("The Dogs of War") directed the film and here, he lets the emotions of the soldiers go very far but not too far and the same can be mentioned for the battle scenes. Also, Irvin take a page of Robert Aldrich's WW2 classic and unforgettable melodrama "The Dirty Dozen". Instead of making instant up close shots as Aldrich did, Irvin slowly moves the camera in and it captures the unpredictable feeling that any of the G.I.s have. I wasn't moved, yet I was amazed as well.

Jim Carabatos ("Heartbreak Ridge") wrote the movie's story and like Irvin, Carabatos is careful in making the tale absolutely clear and very understanding to the viewer. The point that Irvin and Carabatos are trying to make is fascinating and simple: No one here is trying to be the hero nor the villain because surviving the war is a more important factor than trying to be gutsy and wind up being killed.

"Hamburger Hill" isn't the type of war movie like Oliver Stone's "Platoon" or Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket" were, but it tends to be like Terrence Malick's "The Thin Red Line" was a few years ago. It's a fierce and very thoughtful film

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