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Uncommon Valor (1983)

Ten years after his son went M.I.A. in Vietnam, U.S. Marine retired Colonel Jason Rhodes assembles a private rescue team to find Americans held in P.O.W. camps in Laos.

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Ted Kotcheff

Writer:

Joe Gayton

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Hackman ... Col. Jason Rhodes
Robert Stack ... MacGregor
Fred Ward ... Wilkes
Reb Brown ... Blaster
Randall 'Tex' Cobb ... Sailor
Patrick Swayze ... Kevin Scott
Harold Sylvester ... Johnson
Tim Thomerson ... Charts
Alice Lau Alice Lau ... Lai Fun (as Lau Nga Lai)
Kwan Hi Lim Kwan Hi Lim ... Jiang
Kelly Junkerman Kelly Junkerman ... MacGregor (as Kelly Yunkerman)
Todd Allen ... Frank Rhodes
Gail Strickland ... Helen Rhodes
Jane Kaczmarek ... Mrs. Wilkes
Gloria Stroock ... Mrs. MacGregor
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Storyline

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 Luis Alvarez

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Taglines:

"C'mon... we're going home." See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Last River to Cross See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,144,367, 18 December 1983

Gross USA:

$30,503,151

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,503,151
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

For a long time, no one could spot actor Michael Dudikoff in the film, and it was a mystery. He is credited as "Blaster's Assistant". You can see him in a non-speaking role at the twenty-minute mark. He is wearing a yellow jumpsuit at the airport while he grabs Blaster's bag and hard guitar case. He also grabs Wilkes' bag and enters the private jet. He can be seen a minute later standing next to the plane and pilot as everyone enters the private jet while the C.I.A. man takes pictures. He was twenty-nine years old when this movie was released. See more »

Goofs

When Kevin Scott and Mr. Jiang are lying on the hilltop, overlooking the prison camp, they have a verbal exchange as to whether the choppers are actually coming. The camera shifts back-and forth several times between Scott and Jiang. During the course of this dialogue, however, Jiang is - without ever changing his position - shown alternately holding a recoilless rifle, or a rocket-propelled-grenade launcher. See more »

Quotes

Col. Cal Rhodes: [arriving at Wilkes' sculpture workshop] I'm Jason Rhodes. I phoned this morning.
Mrs. Wilkes: Yeah, I know who you are. Uh, listen, my husband doesn't want to talk to you.
Col. Cal Rhodes: I phoned him this morning and he said he did.
Mrs. Wilkes: Yeah, well, not any more. Look, why don't you do me a favor and, uh, go away?
Col. Cal Rhodes: Not until I see your husband.
Mrs. Wilkes: Look, you have got no right to be here. It has taken me ten years to get that goddamned war out of his head.
Col. Cal Rhodes: ...
[looking skeptically at Wilkes' numerous twisty metal sculptures]
Col. Cal Rhodes: Looks to...
[...]
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Brothers in the Night
Written by Ray Kennedy, Kevin Dukes & David Ritz
Performed by Ray Kennedy
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A Winner...It Caught Me By Surprise
16 August 2000 | by SquirePMSee all my reviews

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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