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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Ross Katz

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Michael Strobl (screenplay) (as LtCol Michael R. Strobl USMC [Ret.]), Ross Katz (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Bacon ... LtCol Mike Strobl
Tom Aldredge ... Charlie Fitts
Nicholas Art Nicholas Art ... Nate Strobl (as Nicholas Reese Art)
Blanche Baker ... Chris Phelps
Tom Bloom ... Navy Chaplain
Guy Boyd ... Gary Hargrove
James Castanien James Castanien ... Robert Orndoff
Gordon Clapp ... Tom Garrett
Mike Colter ... MGySgt Demetry
Henry Coy Henry Coy ... Marine Driver (as GySgt Henry Coy)
Joel de la Fuente ... Ticketing Agent
Liza Colón-Zayas ... Ticketing Agent
Ann Dowd ... Gretchen
Tate Ellington ... A.V. Scott
Noah Fleiss ... 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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Drama | War

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The Defense Department had banned virtually all media coverage of deceased vets returning home since the 1991 Gulf War until April 2009. But the military offered advice and assistance, providing Taking Chance's film crew with a rarely viewed, but painstakingly accurate account of the care and protocol bestowed upon the nation's fallen warriors. See more »

Goofs

When LtCol Strobl arrives at his motel room in Wyoming before the funeral, the information sheet on the table concerning the services has a misspelling: Cemetary (should be Cemetery). See more »

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[First Line]
LtCol Mike Strobl: Once per quarter we'll give you a run down on battalion and squadron level readiness and today's briefing will focus on First Marine Division.
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Featured in The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards (2009) See more »

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In My Own Way
Written by Toy Caldwell
Performed by The Marshall Tucker Band
By Arrangement with Natural Energy Lab
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This makes me love the United States
26 January 2010 | by jm_mathias-1See all my reviews

This movie represents what people from all over the world admire about Americans. This excellent film is so moving. They honor the sacrifice of a warrior who died fighting for his country. Thanks to guys like Chance Phelps the United States of America exist and freedom exist. Thanks to America there's freedom in the world.

This film is a lesson to every country that should learn how to respect a fallen hero. In the most advanced civilizations all along history, from the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Persians, the Chinese, etc. warriors have been honored by the civilian people and this will never change. America, keep reminding all of us how a brave nation should be like!!

Kudos to the American people. Thankyou.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Taking Chance See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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