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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.


Ted Kotcheff


Joe Gayton




Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Hackman ... Colonel Rhodes
Robert Stack ... MacGregor
Fred Ward ... Wilkes
Reb Brown ... Blaster
Randall 'Tex' Cobb ... Sailor
Patrick Swayze ... Scott
Harold Sylvester ... Johnson
Tim Thomerson ... Charts
Alice Lau Alice Lau ... Lai Fun (as Lau Nga Lai)
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


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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Seven men with one thing in common... See more »


Action | Drama | Thriller | War


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The first of the bringing them back from Vietnam M.I.A. P.O.W. movies of the 1980s. See more »


During the helicopter training scenes, the actors are always seen in the right side pilot seat, whereas in each shot where the underneath of the helicopter can be seen, there is a pilot in the left seat with their feet on the pedals and no feet visible on the right side pedals. See more »


MacGregor: Do you ever regret letting Frank go, Jason?
Col. Cal Rhodes: He was already in the service. There was never any question of him going.
MacGregor: With all your contacts in Washington, couldn't you get him stationed anywhere else?
Col. Cal Rhodes: When there's a war, the Rhodes fight. We lost almost the whole family at Gettysburg in one day. That's all we're good at. Never been good at anything else. Haven't always been real good at the fighting, either. A lot of us been killed... but we're always there.
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23 July 2010 | by dighambaraSee all my reviews


In my opinion, this is an excellent movie, primarily because it shows the camaraderie and exactly why such teams are so close knit. The scenes in Thailand (Laos) are excellent. Very reminiscent of the back country anywhere in South East Asia. The cast was well selected and worked very well together. I particularly enjoy the part where Sailor is asked about his money, as there are many, manydistractions in places like Saigon, Phnom Penh and Bangkok, as any veteran can tell you...LOL

Corrections: Gene Hackman plays the part of a Marine Colonel, not an Army Colonel.

In many Armies, a Full Colonel is considered equivalent to a General. Meaning that a civilian calling a Colonel a General may be a mistake and may not.

For example, in the Thai Army & Air Force, there are Colonels and there are Senior Colonels. The Senior Colonel is considered the equivalent of a General 'select', but may hold that position for years until there is an opening. To treat him as less than a General would be an affront of great magnitude...

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Release Date:

16 December 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Last River to Cross See more »


Box Office


$14,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,144,367, 18 December 1983

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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