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.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay) (as LtCol Michael R. Strobl USMC [Ret.]), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Popularity
1,844 ( 390)

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Presidents' Gatekeepers (TV Movie 2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Featuring exclusive interviews with all 20 living White House chiefs of staff. Spanning 50 years and nine administrations, it is an unprecedented series that pulls back the curtain on the inner workings of the Oval Office.

Directors: Gédéon Naudet, Jules Naudet
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Jimmy Carter, George Bush
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Rafting expert Gail takes on a pair of armed killers while navigating a spectacularly violent river.

Director: Curtis Hanson
Stars: Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, David Strathairn
Recount (TV Movie 2008)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A chronicle of the weeks after the 2000 U.S. presidential election and the subsequent recounts in Florida.

Director: Jay Roach
Stars: Kevin Spacey, Bob Balaban, Denis Leary
The Woodsman (2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A child molester returns to his hometown after 12 years in prison and attempts to start a new life.

Director: Nicole Kassell
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Yasiin Bey
The Messenger I (2009)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An American soldier struggles with an ethical dilemma when he becomes involved with a widow of a fallen officer.

Director: Oren Moverman
Stars: Ben Foster, Samantha Morton, Woody Harrelson
The Tuskegee Airmen (TV Movie 1995)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The true story of how a group of African American pilots overcame racist opposition to become one of the finest US fighter groups in World War II

Director: Robert Markowitz
Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Allen Payne, Malcolm-Jamal Warner
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Nick Hume is a mild-mannered executive with a perfect life, until one gruesome night he witnesses something that changes him forever. Transformed by grief, Hume eventually comes to the disturbing conclusion that no length is too great when protecting his family.

Director: James Wan
Stars: Kevin Bacon, John Goodman, Kelly Preston
Footloose (1984)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A city teenager moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A young, narcissistic entrepreneur crashes and burns on the eve of his company's big launch. With his entire life in total disarray, he leaves Manhattan to move in with his estranged ... See full summary »

Director: Ross Katz
Stars: Nick Kroll, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale
Hollow Man (2000)
Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Scientists discover how to make people invisible, but their test subject becomes an insane killer who stalks them.

Director: Paul Verhoeven
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Elisabeth Shue, Josh Brolin
Rails & Ties (2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A deadly collision between a train and car lead to an unlikely bond between the train engineer and a young boy who escapes the carnage.

Director: Alison Eastwood
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Marcia Gay Harden, Miles Heizer
Tough Day (2014)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Directors: James Lester, Jae Song
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Bruce Yang
Edit

Cast

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
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 February 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A lélek útja  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

LTCol Mike Strobl, a Desert Storm veteran, says he decided against another combat tour largely because of his young family. But he was conflicted, and joined the many military personnel who volunteered for escort duty as Iraqi war deaths escalated. Strobl's week-long trip accompanying Phelps' body from a Delaware military mortuary to burial in Wyoming provides Taking Chance's poignant emotional context. Strobl shared his 20-page journal of the trip with friends and co-workers, and it eventually spread virally to military blogs and the media. It was quickly green-lit for filming after surfacing at HBO, which has become a major outlet for war-related programming both documentary and dramatized, with miniseries and films such as Generation Kill; Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq; Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery; and Last Letters Home: Voices of American Troops From the Battlefields of Iraq. See more »

Goofs

When Lt Col Strobl arrives at his motel room in Wyoming before the funeral, the information sheet on the table concerning the services has a misspelling: Cemetary (should be Cemetery). See more »

Quotes

LtCol Mike Strobl: [Noticing Annie had typed "HOT soldier" into her phone] Actually, it's Marine.
See more »

Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.158 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Take The Highway
Written by Toy Caldwell
Performed by The Marshall Tucker Band
By Arrangement with Natural Energy Lab
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
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.


59 of 84 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Propaganda! say_my_name_u
The TSA Agent DTigersFan
Very deficient movie pepeds2002
And the liars are still at it ....... kena1956-1
Why change the details? aqib4
lovely film andrewjoseph480
Discuss Taking Chance (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?