Taking Chance (2009)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, War  |  21 February 2009 (USA)
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Based on real-life events, Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, a volunteer military escort officer, accompanies the body of 19-year-old Marine Chance Phelps back to his hometown of Dubois, Wyoming.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas Art ...
Nate Strobl (as Nicholas Reese Art)
Henry Coy ...
Marine Driver (as GySgt Henry Coy)
Ticketing Agent
Ticketing Agent
Army Sergeant


In April, 2004, casualties mount in Iraq. At Quantico, choices focus on increasing troop strength or only replacing casualties. Lt. Col. Mike Strobl crunches numbers. Stung by his superior's rejection of his recommendation because he lacks recent combat experience, Strobl volunteers for escort duty, accompanying the remains Pfc. Chance Phelps, killed at 19. From Dover to Philadelphia by hearse, from there to Minneapolis and on to Billings by plane, and then by car to Phelps' Wyoming home - person after person pays respects. Kind words, small gifts, and gratitude are given Strobl to deliver to the family on this soul-searching journey. What are his own discoveries? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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When Lt. Col. Strobl and Pfc. Phelps leave the hangar in Minneapolis there is a large Kalitta Air Charter airplane in the background. In 2007 Congress passed a law that military members were no longer to be returned to their families as cargo in the cargo hold of airliners as with Chance Phelps. The remains are now flown by Kalitta on their fleet of small jets. See more »


They show the fallen soldier being loaded into and out of a NWA DC-9, but the aircraft shown landing in Billings, MT is an AirBus 319. See more »


LtCol Mike Strobl: [Noticing Annie had typed "HOT soldier" into her phone] Actually, it's Marine.
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Very poignant movie
21 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is basically a documentary with actors.........and very well thought out........it is not for the feint of heart or for people that demand "happy-endings". It is thought-provoking and will not leave a dry-eye in the house. The casting is first-rate, as is the attention to detail..... so many of these type of movies lose a lot due to poor continuity. Kevin Bacon does a superb job, as does the supporting cast.....My family recently had a son of a friend killed in Iraq while serving in the Marines, and the images seen in this movie parallel the emotions we observed our friends family endure. It is a fine rendition to honor all those from our country all who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

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