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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.


Ross Katz


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


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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Did You Know?


Lieutenant Colonel Mike Strobl was a graduate of Grand Junction High School, in Grand Junction, Colorado, in 1983. See more »


In the parking lot where the funeral is to take place, LtCol Strobl is driving a vehicle with a Montana "57 county" license plate. There are no 57 county plates in Montana as the state only has 56 counties. See more »


[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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A Pretty Fair Portrayal
6 February 2011 | by azimuth361See all my reviews

On 28 December 2010, I began escort duty for PFC Conrado Javierdiaz, Jr. Private First Class Javierdiaz was laid to rest in Marina, California on 6 January 2011. This movie is a fairly accurate portrayal of what it is to be an escort. Much has changed between 2004 and 2010. Remains do not travel by commercial air anymore, but by contracted carriers, usually from Dover directly to the nearest airport to the final resting place. There are a few flaws; sloppy salutes, misplaced uniform items, and an airman wouldn't be walking around outdoors with no headgear and no blouse. But, overall, the movie was fairly accurate. And, although they didn't actually film at the Casualty Affairs building at Dover, there is a curved wall with the names of fallen servicemembers carved in it, very similar to the film. Along the way, in life as in the movie, there are many, many small and random acts of kindness and grace. Although we don't generally describe what we're doing and do all we can to maintain a level of solemnity and dignity, people along the way know who we are and what we're doing.

Taking Chance is a film that shows America and Americans in such a beautiful way, paying tribute in each's manner to someone who serves to protect our nation and our way of life. Sure, people dump on the film for its flag waving and for its rampant patriotism. But, me... I rather favor patriots. I don't have much patience for ingrates. It's nice to watch a film that makes me feel good about America.

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Release Date:

21 February 2009 (USA) See more »

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Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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1.85 : 1
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