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Taking Chance -- Based on real-life events, Lt. Col. Michael Strobl (Bacon), 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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21 February 2009 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 19 nominations See more »
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Emotional, Moving, Apolitical See more (114 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Kevin Bacon ... LtCol Mike Strobl

Tom Aldredge ... Charlie Fitts
Nicholas Art ... Nate Strobl (as Nicholas Reese Art)

Blanche Baker ... Chris Phelps
Tom Bloom ... Navy Chaplain

Guy Boyd ... Gary Hargrove

James Castanien ... Robert Orndoff

Gordon Clapp ... Tom Garrett

Mike Colter ... MGySgt Demetry
Henry Coy ... Marine Driver (as GySgt Henry Coy)

Joel de la Fuente ... Ticketing Agent

Liza Colón-Zayas ... Ticketing Agent

Ann Dowd ... Gretchen

Tate Ellington ... A.V. Scott

Noah Fleiss ... Army Sergeant

Julian Gamble ... Jeff Mack

Enver Gjokaj ... Corporal Arenz

Brendan Griffin ... Major Thompson
Adam Hayes ... Dover Team Leader (as Sgt Adam Hayes)

Danny Hoch ... TSA Agent

Ruby Jerins ... Olivia Strobl

Tom Kemp ... Business Man

John Bedford Lloyd ... General Kruger

John Magaro ... Rich Brewer

Matthew Morrison ... Robert Rouse

Maximilian Osinski ... Sgt. Neuman

Wolé Parks ... Major Schott
Del Pentecost ... Minneapolis Cargo Handler

Dominic Colon ... Minneapolis Cargo Handler
Christina Rouner ... Tall Flight Attendant

Victor Slezak ... Sgt Mulcahy

Felix Solis ... Philly Cargo Worker

Sarah Thompson ... Annie

Paige Turco ... Stacey Strobl

Sharon Washington ... Mortuary Technician

Julie White ... Colonel Karen Bell

Emily Wickersham ... Kelley Phelps
William Wise ... Larry Hertzog

Tom Wopat ... John Phelps
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joseph Basile ... Military Honorary Metal Preparer
Sherman Alpert ... Funeral Attendee (uncredited)

James P. Anderson ... Mortician's Assistant (uncredited)
Gerald Blakey ... VFW Member at Funeral (uncredited)
Alana Cadiz ... Funeral Attendee (uncredited)

David Campbell ... Funeral Attendee (uncredited)

Kevin Cannon ... VFW Veteran (uncredited)

Carla-Rae ... Native American Woman at Funeral (uncredited)
Michael Ciesla ... Army Escort Cleary (uncredited)

Chris J. Cullen ... Funeral Attendee (uncredited)

Joe Cummings ... Marine Pallbearer (uncredited)
Ryan Curtis ... Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
George DelFarno ... Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
Elsbeth Denman ... Airport Extra (uncredited)
Judah Devoreaux ... Leiutenant (uncredited)
Erica Dilanjian ... Funeral Attendee (uncredited)

Mike Doyle ... (uncredited)
Phil E. Eichinger ... Marine Officer (uncredited)
Richard Essig ... Funeral Goer (uncredited)

Logan Fry ... Rancher at Funeral (uncredited)

Gabriel Furman ... Marine (uncredited)
Les Gardonyi ... Funeral Attendee (uncredited)

Frank Hansen ... Uniformed Sentry (uncredited)

Steven J. Klaszky ... Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
John Launder ... MCL Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
Kara Laviola ... Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
Dan Lehn ... Extra (uncredited)

Sean Marrinan ... VFW Honor Guard (uncredited)

Scott Napolitano ... Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
Phil Newsom ... Gurney Pusher (uncredited)
Joel Ney ... Chance Phelps' Classmate (uncredited)
Patricia Nicastro ... Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
Jennifer Oleniczak ... Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
Catherine Pierce ... Woman at the Airport (uncredited)

Ray Reynolds ... Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
D. Justyn Ryan ... Flight Attendant (uncredited)
Sue Sadik ... Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
Lenny Safko ... Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
Kristen Schiano ... Funeral Attendee (uncredited)

Tim Schuebel ... VFW Veteran (uncredited)
Karim Sioud ... Marine (uncredited)
Bob Socci ... Marine Retiree at Funeral (uncredited)
Mitchell Speert ... Air Force Veteran (uncredited)

Bud Stafford ... MCL Quartermaster - Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
Jared Uhrich ... Marine Pallbearer (uncredited)

Kathryn Wahl ... Funeral Attendee (uncredited)

Missy Yager ... Michelle (uncredited)

Blake Young-Fountain ... Soldier (uncredited)
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Directed by
Ross Katz 
 
Writing credits
Michael Strobl (screenplay) (as LtCol Michael R. Strobl USMC [Ret.]) and
Ross Katz (screenplay)

Michael Strobl (journal) (as LtCol Michael R. Strobl USMC [Ret.])

Produced by
Fred Berger .... associate producer
Lori Keith Douglas .... producer
Ross Katz .... executive producer
Brad Krevoy .... executive producer
Frank Schaeffer .... associate producer
William Teitler .... co-executive producer
Cathy Wischner-Sola .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Marcelo Zarvos 
 
Cinematography by
Alar Kivilo (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Brian A. Kates 
Lee Percy 
 
Casting by
Ann Goulder 
 
Production Design by
Dan Leigh 
 
Art Direction by
James Donahue 
 
Set Decoration by
Ron von Blomberg 
 
Costume Design by
David C. Robinson 
 
Makeup Department
Richard F. Esposito .... hair stylist
Melissa Ferreira .... assistant makeup artist: Montana
Stephanie Pasicov .... makeup artist
Holly Remington .... assistant hair stylist: Montana
James Sarzotti .... key makeup artist
Lizz Scalice .... key hair stylist
Dina Sliwak .... makeup artist (as Dina Sliwiak)
Colleen Wheeler .... additional hair stylist
Yvonne Reddy .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Susan Schectar .... additional hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Christine Altomari .... production supervisor: Montana
Lori Keith Douglas .... unit production manager
Janet Fries Eckholm .... post-production supervisor
Carla Raij .... assistant unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert C. Albertell .... first assistant director
Vanessa Hoffman .... second assistant director
Brendan Walsh .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Nicholas Albanese .... construction foreman
Julia Barraclough .... charge scenic
Frederick Bergenson .... construction grip
John G. Boesch .... key construction grip
Krysten Childs .... art department assistant
Brandon Cook .... set dresser
Robert Currie .... property master
Frank DeCurtis Jr. .... set dressing foreman
Guido DeCurtis .... leadman
Louise DeCurtis .... set dresser
Jason Goldberg .... shop production assistant
Robert Gurgo .... key shop electrician
Craig Sherman Hall .... assistant art director: Montana (as C. Sherman Hall)
James Hoff .... stand-by camera services (as H. James Hoff)
Thomas J. Horan .... set dresser
Chris Jordan .... additional prop assistant
Keith Kastner .... best boy construction grip
Bradley Klipp .... set dresser (as Brad Klipp)
Jesse Klipp .... set dresser
Michael A. Kroner .... carpenter
Steven E. Lawler .... construction coordinator
Aiden Levy .... art department intern (as Aidan Levy)
Richard Liebgold .... set dresser
Carlton McClarence .... set dresser
David Moriarty .... scenic foreman
Richie Morris .... on-set dresser
Ivan Pazlamatchev .... stand-by camera services
Morgan Pitts .... first assistant props
Mark Pollard .... graphic artist
Susan Tatom .... set dresser
Robert Vaglio .... carpenter
Ashley Wellbrock .... art department intern
Allison Whitmer .... leadman: Montana
Peter Whitney .... scenic industrial
Tomas Zeman .... art department coordinator
Peter DeCurtis .... set dresser (uncredited)
Tyrell Elliott .... prop assistant (uncredited)
Justin Elterman .... additional graphic designer (uncredited)
J.D. Jacoby .... assistant property master: Montana (uncredited)
J.D. Jacoby .... props buyer: Montana (uncredited)
Victoria Stewart .... art department intern (uncredited)
Zachary Zirlin .... additional graphic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Rick Ash .... sound re-recording mixer
Jason Benjamin .... boom operator
Tim Boggs .... sound editor
Paul Timothy Carden .... adr supervisor (as Paul Carden)
Rich Crescenti .... adr recordist (as Richard Crescenti)
Rickley W. Dumm .... sound editor (as Rickley Dumm)
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Frank Gaeta .... additional sound mixer
Frank Gaeta .... sound designer
Frank Gaeta .... sound supervisor
David Grant .... sound editor
Dennis Green .... 24-frame playback operator
Catherine Harper .... foley artist
Justin Herman .... mix technician
Joe Iemola .... assistant sound editor
Kim Maitland .... sound recordist
Darrin Mann .... foley mixer
Christopher Moriana .... sound effects editor (as Chris Moriana)
Douglas Murray .... adr mixer
T.J. O'Mara .... sound mixer
Kyle Olmstead .... sound intern
Sam Perry .... boom operator: Montana
Paul Tirone .... adr recordist (as Paul Banks Tirone)
Rick Ash .... supervising re-recording engineer (uncredited)
Kenneth Gilbert .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Michael Kessler .... sound editor (uncredited)
Doug Mountain .... supervising sound engineer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Jeff Brink .... special effects coordinator
Kevin Zack .... special effects assistant
 
Visual Effects by
Mark Intravartolo .... inferno artist: Modern VideoFilm
Matthew W. Johnson .... smoke artist
Chris Keiffer .... computer screen graphics
Eric Pardee .... data wrangler: Post Logic Graphics
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David E. Baron .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Jim Bridges .... still photographer (as James Bridges)
Bob Calandro .... grip
Ian Carmody .... camera loader: Montana
Daniel Casey .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Christopher DeBlau .... lamp operator
Anne Devereux .... camera loader: Montana
Matthew A. Ely .... second assistant camera: "c" camera, Montana
Paul V. Ferrazzi .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, Montana
Donald Glenn .... dolly grip
Samuel A. Gonzalez Jr. .... lamp operator
Paul Goroff .... technocrane operator
Gary Hildebrand .... lamp operator
Michael J. Kammerer .... dolly grip (as Mike Kammerer)
Michael J. Kammerer .... grip
Reid Kelly .... grip
Scott Koenigsberg .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Gábor Kövér .... camera operator: "a" camera
Sal Lanza .... key grip
Kristopher Layng .... camera intern
Michael A. Leo .... generator operator
Charles Libin .... camera operator: "b" camera
Joseph M. Lyons .... best boy electric: Montana (as Joe Lyons)
Derek J. Manganelli .... camera loader
Hollis Meminger .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Tim Norman .... first assistant camera: : "b" camera
Steve Olsen .... technocrane operator: Montana (as Steven Olsen)
Ray Patrick .... technocrane operator: Montana
Kabkeo Phothivongsa .... lamp operator
Frank Rinato .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Ryan Rodriguez .... best boy electric (as Ryan A. Rodriguez)
Gerard Sava .... Steadicam operator
Gregor Tavenner .... camera operator: "c" camera, Montana
Rick Thomas .... gaffer: Montana
John Velez .... gaffer (as John G. Velez)
Thomas Yostpille .... best boy grip (as Tom Yostpille)
Tony Ballew .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Bob Becchio .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Stu Brumbaugh .... electrician (uncredited)
Buzzy Burwell .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Steve Goodloe .... additional grip (uncredited)
Vincent Lanza .... grip (uncredited)
Charles Libin .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Brian Minzlaff .... set lighting (uncredited)
Daniel D. Sariano .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Joseph Sciretta .... electrician (uncredited)
Craig Striano .... technocrane operator (uncredited)
Andrew Thie .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Tina Buckingham .... casting: Montana
Renee Godbout .... background casting associate
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Anne Teutschel .... casting associate
David M. Waldron .... background casting associate (as David Waldron)
Chris Bustard .... extras casting: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Stephanie Forrest .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Adkins .... costume supervisor
Laura Barreto .... wardrobe coordinator (as Laura F. Barreto)
Catherine Carnovale .... wardrobe intern
Gerald Crawford .... key costumer
Lee Harper .... assistant costume designer
Courtney Hess .... set costumer: Montana
Elizabeth Taylor .... key costumer
Chuck ReCar .... set costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Jason Bretz .... assistant editor: LA
Lisa Cossettini .... assistant editor: LA
Tom Cross .... assistant editor: LA
Libby Cuenin .... post-production assistant
Louisa Forni .... post-production assistant
J.D. Funari .... marketing editor
Elisabeth Gillott .... post-production assistant
Matthew W. Johnson .... smoke artist
Annalise Kurinsky .... digital intermediate account executive
Lou Levinson .... colorist
Jordan Lindblad .... assistant editor: NY
Ali Muney .... assistant editor: NY
Julia Nessling-Douglas .... digital intermediate producer (as Julia Nessling)
Jim Passon .... color timer
Kate Ridgway .... post-production coordinator
Heather Saunders .... post-production assistant
Victoria Stewart .... post-production intern
Joe Finley .... digital preview colorist (uncredited)
Jonathan Spafford .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Michael K. Bauer .... music editor: LA (as Michael Bauer)
Johnny Caruso .... music editor: LA
Daniel Coe .... score preparation
George Doering .... musician: guitar (as Georg Doering)
Jennifer L. Dunnington .... music editor: NY (as Jennifer Dunnington)
Chris Fogel .... score recordist
Chris Fogel .... scoring mixer
Matt Franko .... music preparation
Jo Ann Kane .... music copyist (as JoAnn Kane)
Evyen Klean .... music supervisor (as Evyen J Klean)
Sonny Kompanek .... orchestrator
Janet Lopez .... music coordinator
Mike Nowak .... conductor (as Mike Novak)
Victor Pesavento .... music preparation
Philip Rothman .... orchestrator
Peter Rotter .... music contractor (as Peter Rodder)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Marcelo Zarvos .... musician:piano
Marcelo Zarvos .... score producer
William Zeitler .... musician: glass harmonica
Bryan Carrigan .... digital score recordist (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Frank Appedu III .... driver (as Frank J. Appedu III)
Chuck Bennis .... transportation co-captain
David Buckman .... driver
Jim Buckman .... transportation captain
Peter Connors .... driver (as Pete Connors)
Dennis Dugan .... driver
Joseph Fay .... driver (as Joseph Fay Jr.)
Kenneth Garrison .... driver (as Ken Garrison)
Rich Gutterding .... driver
John C. Hunt .... driver
John Kearney .... driver
Matthew McGuinness .... driver
Brett Michel .... driver
Ken Murphy .... driver
Bill Opel .... driver
Todd Parkhurst .... driver (as Todd T. Parkhurst)
Robert Scanlon .... driver
Christine Schuman .... transportation captain: Montana
Philip Schuman .... transportation coordinator: Montana
John Sica .... driver
Steve Szucs .... driver
 
Other crew
Jessica Archer .... location scout
Christopher Arena .... assistant location manager
Colin Arndt .... set production assistant: Montana
Sam Arthurs .... armorer
Patrick Barile .... chef
Ercan Bas .... office production assistant
Justen Bennett-Maccubbin .... payroll accountant (as Justen M. Bennett-Maccubbin)
Justin Bursch .... assistant: Mr. Krevoy
Eva Z. Cabrera .... script supervisor
Jeff Chena .... stand in: Mr Bacon
Angela Coleman .... second assistant accountant
Elvis Cornea .... location assistant
Gregory Cuozzo .... chef (as Gregory M. Cuozzo)
Charles E. Davis .... U.S. Department of Defense project officer
Michael Falso .... assistant: Mr. Katz
Michael Fucci .... location manager
Robin Ginsberg .... production accountant
Sam Gomez .... assistant location manager
Heather Imerman .... office production intern
Jessica Johnson Tavenner .... assistant production coordinator: Montana (as Jessica Johnson)
Sara Jonsson .... set production assistant: Montana
Brendan Kehoe .... location assistant
David Kennedy .... office production intern (as David C. Kennedy)
Matthew F. Lake .... key production assistant
Rebecca Lambrecht .... production office coordinator: Montana (as Rebecca Tunkel Lambrecht)
Jeffrey Lederman .... location assistant
Margaret Maloney .... set production assistant
Francisco Marcial .... parking coordinator
K.C. McLeod .... set production intern
Dan Meehan .... title designer
Susan Mieras .... assistant: Mr. Bacon
Nina Noah .... accounting intern
Vicente C. Ogilvie .... Department of Defense liaison officer
Wylie Overstreet .... assistant: Mr. Katz
Paul J. Park .... first assistant accountant
Kenny Pierce .... set production assistant
Travis Rehwaldt .... set production assistant
Ulises Rodriguez .... assistant production coordinator (as Ulises Rodriguez Noa)
Emily Rosenbaum .... set production intern
Nikkia Scott .... office production intern
Jeff Sedwick .... set production intern
Priya Shelly .... location coordinator
Michael Strobl .... military consultant (as LtCol Michael R. Strobl)
Bob Swensen .... title producer: main title
Vic Szalankiewicz .... chief military advisor
Nancy A. Terriberry .... production accountant: Montana (as Nancy Terriberry)
Ashley Terrill .... assistant: Ms. Douglas
Ashley Terrill .... clearance liaison
Benny Thomson .... craft service
Christina Ann Walker .... set production assistant
Meghan K. Wicker .... production coordinator
Kristen Willerton .... production secretary
Kate Wiltshire .... wrangler: Montana
Robin Wiltshire .... horses and wagon supplier: Montana
Kelly Winfield .... wrangler: Montana
Mark Zetler .... location manager
Markus Zetler .... location manager: Montana
Lou Angeli .... archival footage: Dover Air Force Base (uncredited)
Zach Broussard .... production assistant (uncredited)
Kathy Hayner .... accounting assistant (uncredited)
Michael Hjelmstad .... motion picture and television liaison (uncredited)
J.D. Jacoby .... location assistant (uncredited)
Jim Jaffe .... product placement (uncredited)
Lisa Kisner .... additional set production assistant: New Jersey (uncredited)
Dan Lehn .... stand in: male (uncredited)
Matt O'Connor .... key office production assistant (uncredited)
Joan Preston .... stand-in (uncredited)
Justin Reid .... location scout (uncredited)
Michael Riley .... title designer (uncredited)
Madison Rowley .... production assistant (uncredited)
Paul Sinor .... military advisor (uncredited)
Eugene Stamos .... additional craft service (uncredited)
Megan Stas .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Rebecca Thornell .... clearances (uncredited)
Fernando Vallejo .... production assistant (uncredited)
Christina Walker .... production assistant (uncredited)
Alex M. White .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Sten Iversen .... the producers wish to thank
Paul Sinor .... thanks (as LTC Paul Sinor US Army)
 

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This film, like "Bernard and Doris" and Kenneth Branagh's version of "As You Like It", bypassed movie theatres in the U.S. and went straight to HBO, even though it was not actually made for television.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: While at Dover AFB getting his assignment, they tell the Colonel they will depart from Philadelphia International airport. The exterior and interior shots are not that of said airport.See more »
Quotes:
[First Line]
LtCol Mike Strobl:Once per quarter we'll give you a run down on battalion and squadron level readiness and today's briefing will focus on First Marine Division.
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81 out of 125 people found the following review useful.
Emotional, Moving, Apolitical, 22 January 2009
Author: rtcblc from United States

I saw this movie at a Sundance in the Schools presentation in Ogden,UT. To give you an idea of the power of this film, 600 + high school students were totally silent during this film and erupted in applause at the end. A vivid demonstration of the impact of this tribute to the sacrifice of a 19 years old Marine PFC killed in Iraq. A true story the based on Chance Phelps who was only 1 - 1/2 years out of high school himself. The director, cinematographer, and producer were there to field questions from the students. In response to a question the Director Katz stated he tried to keep this effort apolitical as a tribute to all who have been killed in Iraq and to focus on the respect and dignity afforded the KIA soldiers on their journey home. This is one of the better movies I've seen dealing with the emotional toll of wars on the families and comrades left behind.

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