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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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A lélek útja  »

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When Lieutenant Colonel Strobl and Private First Class Phelps leave the hangar in Minneapolis there is a large Kalitta Air Charter airplane in the background. In 2007, Congress passed a law that military members were no longer to be returned to their families as cargo in the cargo hold of airliners as with Chance Phelps. The remains are now flown by Kalitta on their fleet of small jets. See more »

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While at Dover AFB getting his assignment, they tell the Colonel they will depart from Philadelphia International airport. The exterior and interior shots are not that of said airport. See more »

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Rich Brewer: Nobody in my family's in the military and none of my friends. But I thought about joining up. Yeah, but I was too chickenshit.
[chuckles, then silence]
Rich Brewer: Sorry, I mean too chicken.
LtCol Mike Strobl: You can say shit.
Rich Brewer: Oh, cool. And plus the whole haircut thing. I'm in a band and, you know, you gotta keep it long to keep the ladies happy.
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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.158 (2011) See more »

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Take The Highway
Written by Toy Caldwell
Performed by The Marshall Tucker Band
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Taking Chance- What the Results of War Are All About ***1/2
21 February 2009 | by See all my reviews

Kevin Bacon gives a restrained, compelling performance in this film dealing with the meticulous handling of our soldiers killed in Iraq. Every detail is described and the army is very strict about making sure that customs and traditions are fulfilled as the loved ones are returned to their families.

It was wonderful seeing Blanche Baker back in films after so many years. The daughter of the legendary Carrol Baker, Blanche won a best supporting actress Emmy over 30 years ago for the memorable "Holocaust" television series. After following this up with a role in Robert Redford's "The Candidate," she seemed to have dropped out of sight after all these years.

"The mortician did the best he could. It is recommended that the body not be shown for viewing." This line will forever live with me.

The film deals with patriotism and how a young man, apparently full of life, died a hero in Iraq while protecting others.


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