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We Were Soldiers (2002)

The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War and the soldiers on both sides that fought it, while their wives wait nervously and anxiously at home for the good news or the bad news.

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A telling of the 1st Battalion, 7 Cavalry Regiment, 1st Calvary Division's battle against overwhelming odds in the La Drang valley of Vietnam in 1965. Seen through the eyes of the battalion's commander, Lt. Col. Hal Moore (played by Mel Gibson), we see him take command of the battalion and its preparations to go into Vietnam. We also see how the French had, years earlier, been defeated in the same area. The battle was to be the first major engagement between US and NVA forces in Vietnam and showed the use of helicopters as mobility providers and assault support aircraft. Written by grantss

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We were... young, brave, husbands, wives, sons, mothers, daughters, soldiers. See more »

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Action | Drama | History | War

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Rated R for sustained sequences of graphic war violence, and for language | See all certifications »

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1 March 2002 (USA)  »

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The Lost Patrol  »

Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,212,543 (USA) (1 March 2002)

Gross:

$78,120,196 (USA) (28 June 2002)
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Mel Gibson has a big family, so he was completely comfortable around all the kids. See more »

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Not all of Vietnam's terrain is "is incredibly dense". There ARE areas without "a lot of tropical vegetation due to the hot humid climate that is found throughout Vietnam", particularly the Central Highlands where the Battle of Ia Drang took place, with elevations of up to 2,400 feet allowing for more temperate vegetation. Lt Gen Harold G. Moore, the central figure of the film played by Mel Gibson and the co-author of the book upon which the film is based, scouted several locations around the world before deciding on the hills of Fort Hunter Liggett, California as the terrain best matching that of the Ia Drang Valley. Photographs taken during the battle by Joe Galloway, the war correspondent played by Barry Pepper and the other co-author of the original book, show the terrain of Landing Zone X-ray as being open and surrounded by thinly wooded forest. See more »

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Joe Galloway: [Narrating; voice-over] These are the true events of November, 1965, the Ia Drang Valley of Vietnam, a place our country does not remember, in a war it does not understand. This story's a testament to the young Americans who died in the valley of death, and a tribute to the young men of the People's Army of Vietnam who died by our hand in that place. To tell this story, I must start at the beginning. But where does it begin? Maybe in June of 1954 when French Group Mobile 100 moved ...
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References Broken Arrow (1950) See more »

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Sgt. MacKenzie
By Joseph Rizza Kilna
Performed by Joseph Rizza Kilna (as Joseph Kilna MacKenzie)
Produced by Joseph Rizza Kilna (as Joseph Kilna MacKenzie) and Seoras Wallace
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John Wayne wishes he made this movie
10 November 2003 | by (Sandgate) – See all my reviews

In the tradition of such war film classics as The Bridges at Toko Ri, To Hell and Back well as John Wayne's The Green Berets is this seemingly out of place epic with the amount of cynical pestilence abound.

The pace is lightning fast once the scenes transfer into the early period of the Vietnam war before the public grew impatient. The score of the film is often overlooked but in this case it provides plenty of emotion especially as the 7th Regiment assembles for the trip to South Vietnam beneath the radio towers late at night.

Of a forgotten battle with unknown heroes for both forces this is a great war movie that should be a lesson for future productions.


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