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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.

Director:

Ross Katz

Writers:

Michael Strobl (screenplay) (as LtCol Michael R. Strobl USMC [Ret.]), Ross Katz (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | War

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film, like Bernard and Doris (2006) and Kenneth Branagh's version of As You Like It (2006), bypassed movie theaters in the U.S., and went straight to HBO, even though it was not actually made for television. See more »

Goofs

The hearse from Billings to Dubois shows county plate 7 which is Goshen county on the east side of the state. Dubois is in Fremont county 10. See more »

Quotes

LtCol Mike Strobl: I stayed home. I was trained to fight. If I'm not over there, what am I? Those guys, guys like Chance... they're Marines.
Charlie Fitts: And you think you're not? Want to be with your family every night - you think you have to justify that? You'd better stop right there, sir. You've brought Chance home. You're his witness now. Without a witness, they just disappear.
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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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Excellent and very touching
21 February 2009 | by Shteve3See all my reviews

I hardly give out tens but I couldn't even think of a reason to keep it a nine (I originally gave it a 9 because I thought some scenes were kind of cheesy but I realized I was wrong). I'm not sure what else to say about this except that it really gets to the heart. Kevin Bacon did a great job portraying the emotions of LtCol Strobl. It may be because I'm a Marine that I felt a little emotional at the end of the film but I couldn't help it. As another poster mentioned, it may not reach a broad audience (possibly why it was released on HBO and not in theaters) but I think that's what is so great about it. It felt special to me since I am a Marine and I'm sure anyone else who has lost a family member or friend to a war effort would feel the same. There's nothing else to say except it was a very emotionally strong film and was very affective at reaching it's goal of touching the hearts of the target audience.


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