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Dan Clarke (story)
Uwe Boll (written by)
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Release Date:
13 March 2009 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Hell Is For Heroes
Plot:
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. | Add synopsis »
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Like the tunnels in the film, the film is an ambush on the audience in the sense Boll takes us all by surprise. See more (56 total) »

Cast

  (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
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)
 
Stunts
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
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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Tunnel Rats" - Canada (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong war violence and language
Runtime:
96 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: According to the 1968 year depicted in the movie, soldiers should be wearing slant pocket jackets and pants.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
I Wanna Go HomeSee more »

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23 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Like the tunnels in the film, the film is an ambush on the audience in the sense Boll takes us all by surprise., 7 April 2009
Author: johnnyboyz from Hampshire, England

What am I supposed to say about a war film made by Uwe Boll? I know the man by reputation alone and this is my first venture into his film-making domain. It seems he's brought about quite an aura for horrifically bad films, and yet there I was watching Tunnel Rats and genuinely thinking it was a good effort. Am I supposed to sit here and say it's a horrid, pointless mess of fast edits and nonsensical action running on a paper thin script complete with horrid acting? Should that sort of summary be synonymous with a Uwe Boll war film? Well surprise, surprise Tunnel Rats is actually a damn fine effort and it proves people are willing to jump on certain critical bandwagons just as easily as people are willing to jump on positive bandwagons.

The film succeeds in the sense it captures the madness of war as well as delivering scenes of strong, bloody violence that repulses more than it does excite as these various action set-pieces and scenarios play out. Hey, this is more than what the recent Rambo film offered when all we got was a plethora of gore and disembowelment as 'justified' warfare was played out between those poor, poor Christians and those evil, evil Burmese soldiers. The primary content and the 'tunnel rats' of the title refers to soldiers whom engage in activity you feel you'd have to be mad to partake in; an activity that is not about capturing or defending terrain; or searching out an individual alá Apocalypse Now or Saving Private Ryan, but about clearing Vietcong tunnels located beneath the battlefields.

The Tunnel Rats of the title are three jeep loads of soldiers assigned to the Củ Chi tunnel complex, Vietnam, in 1968. Their task is to clear out the tunnels surrounding their base camp – traps, enemies and all. The platoon are made up of all sorts; these are not just faceless characters called in to spawn some bloody violence/action as they 'blow some stuff up real good' for the benefit of a passive audience. Some are white, some are black; some are younger than others; some are innocent, naive and soft-bodied whereas some others feel the need to stamp authority within the group. Some even share certain religious beliefs that others do not subscribe to.

There are some points in which you want the characters whom are down in those tunnels out and 'safe' as soon as possible, then there are others during which you want them down there and 'safe' as potential danger approaches on the surface. Other times, soldiers survive the ordeal of the tunnels only to emerge and face new horrors. Boll toys with the audience in this regard, using each respective 'space' as both a safe haven and a potential death trap at various times to really good effect.

The team assigned to deal with this tunnel network share some thoughts and memories from childhood the night before they ship out to begin work. We know the tunnels are a dingy and claustrophobic space on top of a dangerous locale thanks to the opening scene. Further talk of the tunnels being death traps plays out with some characters speculating the dangers through past stories and rumour as well as how the Vietcong can 'smell' you. This makes the scenes later on when a character lights up a cigarette down there even more harrowing. The talk of the tunnels further prolongs anxiety, as the brief but memorable opening scene floats in and around our memory. The tunnels, however, remain off screen and we know what awaits the group, giving us a position of power – a position of power that is further emphasised when we witness entire scenes dedicated to the Vietcong, the American's enemy, one occurrence of which sees the camera crane directly below a Tunnel Rat to reveal a makeshift Vietcong war room.

Initially, the first tunnel is a bit of a disaster. It is a dead end and while eliminating two of the enemy, they loose three guys. The sense of failure and frustration at such a cost for so little is clearly evident, very briefly creating a helpless and desperate atmosphere in the film and in our own minds about the situation. Boll captures the horror and the cramped conditions of the tunnels perfectly. Shooting in low light and keeping his camera rock steady as his subject scurries and struggles about erratically, we feel frightened when people venture into the unknown and horrified when altercation with the enemy arises.

Boll even finds room to develop scenarios within the already established conventions by including the character of Vo Mai (Jane Le) as this frightened Vietnamese woman who lives within the tunnels with her two young children. The award winning Jane Le does a great job in portraying the fear and madness of it all. The final thirty minutes or so are pure, gripping, impressive war genre cinema. I didn't notice it beforehand, but there is a certain electronic pulsating sound effect/musical number that plays on a loop during this time, which really captures the horror and the suspense you're witnessing as people scrap for their lives – it's fascinating to watch.

Whereas Michael Bay can just fetishise action and gunfire with copious amounts of explosions and slow motion towards the end of Transformers as that becomes even more empty headed; vacuous and nonsensical than it already was, and Stallone can offer nothing bar mere break-neck action as the baddies get their comeuppance toward the conclusion of Rambo IV, Boll shows us that war is, in fact, Hell and war-zones are places you really don't ever want to be. The two respective films have high IMDb ratings close to '7'; Tunnel Rats has something bordering on '4' – looks like that Boll-hate bandwagon is in full runaway mode, whereas the Stallone/Bay-love bandwagon is on an equally slick streak. How sad.

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