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Taking Chance -- Kevin Bacon stars as a military officer whose life is changed after taking an assignment to escort home the body of a 19-year-old Marine killed in Iraq in this profoundly moving HBO Films drama.
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 & 23 nominations See more »
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Emotional, Moving, Apolitical See more (121 total) »

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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 »
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Factual errors: The hearse from Billings to Dubois shows county plate 7 which is Goshen county on the east side of the state. Dubois is in Fremont county 10.See more »
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[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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Featured in The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards (2009) (TV)See more »
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Take The HighwaySee more »

84 out of 130 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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