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We Were Soldiers (2002)

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The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War, and the soldiers on both sides that fought it, while their wives wait nervously and anxiously at home for the good news or the bad news.

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1st Lt. Charlie Hastings
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2nd Lt. Henry Herrick
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Capt. Tom Metsker
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Storyline

A telling of the 1st Battalion, 7 Cavalry Regiment, 1st Calvary Division's battle against overwhelming odds in the La Drang valley of Vietnam in 1965. Seen through the eyes of the battalion's commander, Lieutenant Colonel Hal Moore (played by Mel Gibson), we see him take command of the battalion and its preparations to go into Vietnam. We also see how the French had, years earlier, been defeated in the same area. The battle was to be the first major engagement between U.S. and N.V.A. forces in South Vietnam, and showed the use of helicopters as mobility providers and assault support aircraft. Written by grantss

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400 U.S paratroopers. 4000 Vietnamese soldiers. 12 000 miles away from home. 1 man led them into battle. See more »

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Action | Drama | History | War

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Rated R for sustained sequences of graphic war violence, and for language | See all certifications »

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1 March 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Lost Patrol  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,212,543, 3 March 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$78,122,718

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$114,660,784, 4 July 2002
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Trivia

Although many of the names are never really seen, or said, throughout the movie, very careful attention was paid to ensure every member of the company was represented properly in the film. For every person that was a member of the company in real-life, there was an actor on-screen, most of whom resembled the actual soldiers themselves. See more »

Goofs

Both John Geoghegan and Henry Herrick are shown wearing the US Army Good Conduct Medal. Geoghegan and Herrick were both Lieutenants with no prior enlisted experience. The Good Conduct Medal is only awarded to enlisted personnel, and (at the time of filming) only after four years of (good) service. Neither Geoghegan nor Herrick would have been eligible for the Good Conduct Medal. See more »

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Joe Galloway: [Narrating; voice-over] These are the true events of November, 1965, the Ia Drang Valley of Vietnam, a place our country does not remember, in a war it does not understand. This story's a testament to the young Americans who died in the valley of death, and a tribute to the young men of the People's Army of Vietnam who died by our hand in that place. To tell this story, I must start at the beginning. But where does it begin? Maybe in June of 1954 when French Group Mobile 100 moved ...
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Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
Wrtten by Harry Noble
Performed by Tommy Blaize
Produced by Nick Glennie-Smith
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Seeing the enemy and home in a different light
10 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

This film is so different from the traditionally cynical (and rightly so) Vietnam War movies. While it goes without question that this film depicts the bloody and gruesome horrors of the tragedy of the first major conflict of the war, it does so while juxtaposing the story with that of stories of the home front and the enemy. The enemy in this film is not the animalistic, silent enemy we are used to. We hear this enemy speak, we see his love for his family and his devotion to his cause. While being bombarded with images of death and destruction on the battlefield, we are brought back home to see the wives as they face the death themselves.

While of course not a flawless movie, it was without a doubt moving, and I highly recommend it.


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