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1968 Tunnel Rats -- A special U.S combat unit trained in underground warfare is sent on a mission to hunt and kill Viet Cong resistance forces in the endless networks of tunnels in the jungles of Cu Chi.
1968 Tunnel Rats -- Trailer for this War drama about man to man combat in the tunnels underneath the jungle in Vietnam


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During the Vietnam War [1959-1975] a special US combat unit is sent out to hunt and kill the Viet Cong soldiers in a man-to-man combat in the endless tunnels underneath the jungle of Vietnam. Suicide squads of a special kind. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A blunt, brutal and uncompromising film about the horrors of the Vietnam War. See more (56 total) »


  (in credits order)
Toufeeq Adonis ... VC Soldier

Wilson Bethel ... Corporal Dan Green
Adrian Collins ... Private Dean Garraty

Scot Cooper ... Private Joseph Walderson (as Scott Cooper)

Mitch Eakins ... Private Peter Harris

Erik Eidem ... Private Carl Johnson

Brandon Fobbs ... Private Samuel Graybridge
Shih Jou-An ... Vietnamese Girl

Jane Le ... Vo Mai
Devan 'Yankee' Liang ... Vietnamese Boy

Scott Ly ... Huy Tran

Rocky Marquette ... Private Terence Verano

Garikayi Mutambirwa ... Private Jonathan Porterson

Michael Paré ... Sergeant Vic Hollowborn

Nate Parker ... Private Jim Lidford

Brad Schmidt ... Sergeant Mike Heaney

Jeffrey Christopher Todd ... Private Bob Miller

John Wynn ... Chien Nguyen

Directed by
Uwe Boll 
Writing credits
Dan Clarke (story) (as Daniel Clarke)

Uwe Boll (written by)

Produced by
Uwe Boll .... producer
Dan Clarke .... producer (as Daniel Clarke)
Frederic Demey .... associate producer
Horst Hermann .... executive producer
Chris Roland .... producer
Jonathan Shore .... associate producer
Matthias Triebel .... executive producer
Shawn Williamson .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jessica de Rooij 
Cinematography by
Mathias Neumann 
Film Editing by
Karen Porter 
Casting by
Sunday Boling 
Meg Morman 
Production Design by
Sylvain Gingras 
Art Direction by
Belinda Johnson 
Set Decoration by
Dylan Johnson 
Costume Design by
Dihantus Engelbrecht 
Makeup Department
Natasha du Toit .... makeup artist
Olaf Ittenbach .... special makeup effects artist
Tommy Opatz .... special makeup effects artist
Christa Schoeman .... hair stylist
Christa Schoeman .... makeup artist
Jill Swain .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Lynette Ou Tim .... assistant production manager
Joey Setter .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Taryn Collister .... second assistant director
Matthew Janion .... third assistant director
Bryan C. Knight .... first assistant director
Art Department
Anneke Botha .... props assistant
Andrew Gouveia .... carpenter
Vivienne Gray .... assistant art director
Simon Joyner .... action vehicles
Johan Oosthuizen .... props
Clive Pollick .... construction coordinator
Guy Potgieter .... property master
Elaine Seidel .... head scenic
Erica Van Den Raad .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Jochen Engelke .... sound re-recording mixer
Wolfgang Herold .... sound supervisor
Ailke Jockers .... sound post coordinator
Manuel Karakas .... mix editor
Manuel Karakas .... sound editor
Annika Krieger .... sound post coordinator
Peter Roigk .... foley artist (as Peter Roik)
Max Wanko .... sound designer
Max Wanko .... supervising sound editor
Fritz A. Wollner .... dialogue editor (as F.A. Wollner)
Special Effects by
Olaf Ittenbach .... special effects makeup
Claudia Schwind .... special effects makeup
Antony Stone .... pyrotechnician
Antony Stone .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Stefanie Boose .... visual effects producer: Image Engine
Josh Cole .... lead compositor: Image Engine
Robin Hackl .... visual effects supervisor: Image Engine
John Haddon .... lead research and development programmer: Image Engine
Giles Hancock .... digital matte painter: Image Engine
Bernhard Kimbacher .... digital artist: Image Engine
Lucio Moser .... software developer: Image Engine
Peter Muyzers .... visual effects production manager: Image Engine
Jason Navarro .... systems engineer: Image Engine
Geoff Richardson .... compositor: Image Engine
Blair Tennessy .... pipeline engineer: Image Engine
Jayme Vandusen .... compositor: Image Engine
Shawn Walsh .... visual effects executive producer: Image Engine
Mark Williams .... senior research and development programmer: Image Engine
James McPhail .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Clint Abrahams .... stunts
Toufeeq Adonis .... stunts
Rory Atkinson .... stunts (as Rory Atkinsons)
George Bailey .... stunts
Oliver Bailey .... stunts
Marlon Braaf .... stunts
Dermot Brogan .... stunts
Lunghi Buthelezi .... stunts
Haoyu Cui .... stunts
Yunus Davids .... stunts
John Dimitou .... stunts
Vadim Dobrin .... stunts
Lance Elliot .... stunts
Herman Fontini .... stunts (as Herman Fontinni)
Francois Grobbelaar .... stunts
Paul Hampshire .... assistant stunt coordinator
Paul Hampshire .... stunts
Dan Hirst .... stunt coordinator (as Daniel Hirst)
Paul Hlophe .... stunts
Julian Koberman .... stunts
Tristan Lee Son .... stunts (as Tristan Leeson)
Brenton Lee .... stunts
Wen-Tien Lo .... stunts
Andrew McKenzie .... fight choreographer
Andrew McKenzie .... stunt coordinator
Mick 'Stuntie' Milligan .... stunts (as Mick Milligan)
Lehlohonolo Moekena .... stunts (as Lohlohonolo Mokoena)
Bongani Msimango .... stunts (as Bogane Msimango)
Benny Ou .... stunts
Bradley Peterson .... stunts
Grant Powell .... stunts
Themba Leta Pyutu .... stunts
Clinton Roodt .... stunts
Christopher September .... stunts (as Chris September)
Edgar Sindane .... stunts (as Edgar Sidane)
Sylvester Sindane .... stunts (as Sylvester Sidane)
Michael Solomon .... stunts
Charles Standing .... stunt rigger (as Charlie Standing)
Antony Stone .... stunt coordinator
Dirk Van Der Merwe .... stunts
Morne van Tonder .... stunts
Andre Velthuysen .... stunts
Werner Vermaak .... stunts (as Werner Vermark)
Nathan Wheatley .... stunts
Qi Rui Yuan .... stunts
Thembaletu Tyutu .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Bishop .... additional focus puller
MaCaire Cox .... camera loader: "b" camera
Oscar De Meillon .... additional camera loader
Daniel Du Toit .... underwater camera operator
Dudley Fillies .... best boy electric
Paul Gibbons .... gaffer
David Gur .... still photographer
Johan Horjus .... remote head technician
Catherine Hornby .... camera loader: "a" camera
Kwazi Khumalo .... sparks
Volker Kreinacke .... Steadicam operator
Mark Larkin .... camera operator: "a" camera
Evan Maclachlan .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Richard Markham .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Sipho Mfengwana .... grip
Anwar Misbach .... sparks
Abdoul Musaba .... sparks
Erasmus Ndlovu .... sparks
Sabelo Ndlovu .... Genny operator
Mathias Neumann .... camera operator: "b" camera
Sipho Ngubo .... sparks
Sean Rau .... pace housing technician
Daniel Smith .... remote head technician
Ari Stravinos .... key grip
Marius Swart .... best boy grip
Jason Tabeck .... grip
Casting Department
Bonnie Lee Bouman .... casting director: Johannesburg
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Holly McPhail .... costumer
Elise Papensus .... wardrobe supervisor
Anton Roux .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Kate Kroll .... post-production coordinator
Lauren Mainland .... trainee assistant editor
Thor Roos .... digital film colorist
Aisla Webster .... post-production coordinator
Kelly Wong .... assistant editor
Music Department
Jessica de Rooij .... orchestrator
Peter Fuchs .... score recording engineer
Jonathan Hughes .... music copyist
Myra Moreta .... additional orchestrator
Myra Moreta .... music copyist
Dragos Nedelcu .... additional orchestrator
Anthony Schmitt .... vocal effects
Michelle Toh .... assistant to composer
Caitlin Tortorici .... performer: vocals
Allan Wilson .... conductor
Other crew
Peter Clark .... production accountant
Sarah Crawford .... post production accountant
Karyn Edwards .... legal counsel
Dan Hirst .... boot camp instructor (as Daniel Hirst)
Margo MacPherson .... assistant to executive producer
Carien Schutte .... script supervisor
Sean Seguin .... supervising accountant
Olly Steele .... armorer
William Wanstrom .... publicist

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Also Known As:
"Tunnel Rats" - Canada (original title)
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Rated R for strong war violence and language
96 min
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Won a Golden Raspberry Award despite being released in only one theatre in the United States: Worst Director for Uwe Boll (also for In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007) and Postal (2007)).See more »
Anachronisms: In various scenes we can see soldiers equipped with M16A2 assault rifles. This is an obvious mistake, as M16A2 variant was introduced in the 1980s and not even single one was used during Vietnam War.See more »
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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A blunt, brutal and uncompromising film about the horrors of the Vietnam War., 9 June 2009
Author: JJohnny_Cool from Germany

When controversial German director Uwe Boll (HOUSE OF THE DEAD) first announced that he wanted to shoot an absolutely uncompromising, blunt and brutal movie about the cruelties of the Vietnam War, not just a few critics shook their heads in disbelief and predicted a major failure on all levels as they just couldn't imagine that infamous filmmaker, who once knocked out four internet bashers in a boxing challenge, to tackle such a serious subject with the needed amount of tactfulness and sincerity. And I gotta admit that even though I'm quite a huge fan of Uwe Boll's work, I personally wasn't 100% sure either what to expect from a project like this...

But now that I finally got my hands on a DVD of said film and ultimately got to see TUNNEL RATS (I missed the flick's short theatrical run here in Germany), I can say with a clear conscience that all those badmouths were once again a bit too fast with their criticism and concerns, cause apparently TUNNEL RATS turned out to be a pretty neat and well-done war movie, whose intensity and brutality will not leave you cold.

The film, which is set in the jungle of Cu Chi in 1968, tells the tragic story of a group of young American soldiers lead by the hard-boiled Sgt. Hollowborn (Michael Pare) who get orders to explore and secure a complex tunnel system which the Vietcong use to move through the jungle without being heard or seen. As soon the GIs step down into the dark and narrow corridors, however, they gotta learn the hard way that their enemy is way more accustomed to the unusual surroundings and skilled in the antics of guerrilla warfare than they are and hence it doesn't take long until one GI after the other has to face a merciless death and the defeat of the whole platoon seems almost inevitable… In an early interview, Uwe Boll once said that one of his main intents for TUNNEL RATS was to show the absurdity and senselessness of war.

Those guys who fight for their country with guns in their hands are all young, vital and full of hopes, dreams and ambitions. They got their whole lives ahead of them, but earlier than they've bargained for, they have to realize that in a game like this there's only losers but no winners. And when they're left to die all on their own a thousand miles away from home, they don't feel like heroes at all and pride and glory are about the last things that they think of…

The whole pointlessness of war is a constant and reoccurring theme in TUNNEL RATS and just like war itself ain't exactly fun and enjoyment, this film is also far from being your typical good time bubblegum blockbuster… TUNNEL RATS is very slow-paced, very raw, very dirty, very brutal, very pessimistic… and very honest. It surely lacks the epic proportions of "big" war movies such as PLATOON, APOCALYPSE NOW and FULL METAL JACKET, but it makes up for this with sheer intensity and a great dose of suspense; the latter being mainly the product of Uwe Boll making really good use of the perilous environment throughout the whole course of the movie. No matter whether the GIs are marching through the thick green hell of the jungle or crawling through the claustrophobic constriction of the tunnels, you can't help but feel a constant uneasiness and uncomfortableness, which ultimately finds its climax in a devastating and truly shattering finale that you won't soon forget.

Being more of light-hearted kind of guy, I have to say that I personally didn't enjoy TUNNEL RATS as much as I enjoyed Uwe Boll's action-packed, over-the-top no-brainers such as HOUSE OF THE DEAD, BLOODRAYNE and IN THE NAME OF THE KING, but this doesn't change the fact at all that TUNNEL RATS is still one of Uwe's most atmospheric and coherent films so far and definitely worth watching for all fans of unsparing war movies such as JOHN RAMBO and Co.

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