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Taking Chance (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | TV Movie 21 February 2009
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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.

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... LtCol Mike Strobl
... Charlie Fitts
Nicholas Art ... Nate Strobl (as Nicholas Reese Art)
... Chris Phelps
... Navy Chaplain
... Gary Hargrove
James Castanien ... Robert Orndoff
... Tom Garrett
... MGySgt Demetry
Henry Coy ... Marine Driver (as GySgt Henry Coy)
... Ticketing Agent
... Ticketing Agent
... Gretchen
... A.V. Scott
... Army Sergeant
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In April, 2004, casualties mount in Iraq. At Quantico, choices focus on increasing troop strength or only replacing casualties. Lt. Col. Michael Strobl crunches numbers. Stung by his superior's rejection of his recommendation because he lacks recent combat experience, Strobl volunteers for escort duty, accompanying the remains Pfc. Chance Phelps, killed at 19. From Dover to Philadelphia by hearse, from there to Minneapolis and on to Billings by plane, and then by car to Phelps' Wyoming home - person after person pays respects. Kind words, small gifts, and gratitude are given Strobl to deliver to the family on this soul-searching journey. What are his own discoveries? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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21 February 2009 (USA)  »

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This is the second movie Kevin Bacon has played a U.S. Marine. He played a JAG Marine officer in A Few Good Men (1992). See more »

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When military honors are rendered during the scene at the cemetery, there is no bugler playing Taps. See more »

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1st Lt. Dan Robertson (Chance Phelp's platoon commander): [voiceover, from his 09 April 2004 letter to the Phelps family] It's ironic, but I am certain that if the world had more men like Chance Phelps, there wouldn't be a need for a Marine Corps.
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In My Own Way
Written by Toy Caldwell
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Outstanding tribute
21 February 2009 | by See all my reviews

I saw this riveting film tonight when it premiered on HBO. Both my wife and I were totally into the film from the beginning to the end. We saw it nonstop although with a DVR we could have paused. There was not a single point in the film where we wanted to pause.

Like others, we were thankful there was no political bias. It was simply the true story of the respect that has been paid to everyone who died in defense of our freedom.

I served in the military on an aircraft carrier on station in the Mediteranean Sea in 1957. We lost 14 people in crashes and an on board fire during our 7 month cruise. About half of them were given burial at sea services. In addition, I have attended the military services of a number of others and even participated in the military service of one of our church members who died at Paris Island in a training accident.

In spite of all that exposure, I was totally unaware that KIAs were given the kind of personal respect and treatment depicted in the film. I was very impressed and moved, as I am sure most will be. Many have died, including one of my cousins, to preserve our freedom that has allowed me to live for 75 years so far. I relate more to Kevin Bacon's character as I was a supply officer. Had I the chance, I too would have volunteered for escort duty.

A must see movie. If you don't get HBO, look for the DVD sure to follow.


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