A group of Vietnam War veterans re-unite to rescue one of their own left behind and taken prisoner by the Vietnamese. Led by his father (a retired Marine Colonel) and supported by a rich businessman whose son is also a P.O.W., the group engages in a dangerous and violent adventure trying to rescue the P.O.W.s, and at the same time, re-direct their lives.Written by
While in the destroyed village, Johnson explains that Ypres is a town in France where mustard gas was used for the first time by the Germans. Ypres is actually in neighboring Belgium. See more »
Col. Cal Rhodes:
[Introducing the Vietnamese cook to the men at the Texas training camp]
Oh, this is Mr. Ky. We'll be eating nothing but Vietnamese food from now on.
Col. Cal Rhodes:
[All the men groan disapprovingly]
We don't want to be tramping through the jungles, smelling like Americans.
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This movie is not the "true Vietnam" experience. For that, see only 2 films: Apocalypse Now and Hamburger Hill. All the rest are baloney, or worse. (OK, it's now 2008 and I'm editing this to include We Were Soldiers as another great Vietnam movie. It captivated me utterly and took me back, as did Apocalypse Now. When it was over I was unable to move from my seat until after the cleaning crew had finished.)
Uncommon Valor, however, is still a great Vietnam movie for all to see. It's uneven as hell, so you have to be flexible. I suggest you have fun with the goofball stuff, appreciate the combat bonding stuff, gloss over the obligatory linkage stuff. Watch closely as each Vietnam veteran is recruited and introduced, and learn. Then enjoy what you will of the characters and the actors who bring them to life. (I mostly loved them.)
I was an Infantryman in Vietnam. This movie is the only Vietnam movie, the only one, that ever brought tears to my eyes. I was amazed at the power of its ending. It was overwhelming to me.
When it comes right down to it, take this movie seriously.
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