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28 August 1987 (USA) See more »
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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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One of the best about Vietnam See more (92 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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This movie's opening prologue states: "On 10 May 1969 Troops of the 101st Airborne Division engaged the enemy at the base of Hill 937 in the A Shau Valley. Ten days and eleven bloody assaults later, the Troops who fought there called it . . . HAMBURGER HILL."See more »
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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:
Washburn:Oh man, if you can't fry it, I won't eat it!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Inglourious Basterds (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die RagSee 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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22 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
One of the best about Vietnam, 22 September 1999
Author: DumaNV from Las Vegas, Nevada

Drawing from a good book by the same name concerning a real battle, the film chose to concentrate on a single unit of the 101st Airborne during this engagement instead of the strategies and tactics of the battle. Fictionalizing the characters we see the typical group of soldiers, some new, some veterans, some black, some white, some Hispanic, conduct assault after assault on a hill for some reason that they only have a vague concept of. But instead of making the battle slick and interlaced with subplots about the possession of souls (such as "Platoon") or a work of art (such as "Apocalypse Now" or "Full Metal Jacket") the characters are real and the battle is believable.

Whether intentional or not, it is hard to identify individuals in this film. The viewer is aware that there are ethnic and class separations but identities are harder. I believe that this was intentional to some extent by the director so that the impression could be made that this could be any unit and the soldiers could be anyone that you may know. Like the faceless names on the Vietnam War monument during the opening of the film, these soldiers are essentially faceless forcing the viewer to place a face and personality that they are intimate with. The real star of the movie is the battle and the tragedies that resulted. As with the better, and more accurate war films, there are no heroics, just fear; there is no glorious flag waving over a captured fortification, just survivors.

Again, with the better war films it is the little stuff that separates the good ones from the "cowboys and Indians in battle dress" ilk: the radio operator calling in an artillery strike in panic and is reprimanded for not using proper radio protocol, the mud slide down the hill right in the middle of the battle, the officer trying to call for reinforcements and realizing that his radio was blown to bits along with his arm. All of these "touches" are real and give credibility to a film. In this case "Hamburger Hill" stands apart, and somewhat higher, than most films about the subject.

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