We Were Soldiers

We Were Soldiers

DVD - 2002
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Lt. Col. Hal Moore is the commander of the First Battalion, Seventh Cavalry. As part of the Pleiku Campaign of late 1965, Moore is assigned to action at Landing Zone X-Ray in the Ia Drang Valley, an area known to be overrun by North Vietnamese troops and nicknamed "The Valley of Death." Moore soon finds himself and his men contained to an area about the size of a football field, surrounded by more than 2,000 enemy troops and engaged in the first major battle of the war. Heroism becomes the order of the day as the men refuse to yield, in spite of heavy losses of life.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Pictures, c2002
Edition: Widescreen
Description: 1 videodisc (ca. 138 min.) : sd., col
ISBN: 9780792184195
Branch Call Number: DVD Wewe


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Jan 18, 2020

People that have never been in war can never understand what it is like; thus their comments are not applicable.

Jan 09, 2020

Could barely hear the movie with all the flags and bible pages flapping in my face... not to mention the potent smell of cheese emanating through the entire movie... 3/10

Oct 28, 2019

I shut this off before 30 minutes in -- the film wasn't going anywhere.

Sep 28, 2019

In a refreshing approach, We Were Soldiers does not make a statement about whether we should or shouldn’t have been fighting in Vietnam, and instead tells a moving story of the people who were fighting the war. The film portrays the military as heroic and noble, but also human and imperfect. The first segment of the movie introduces the soldiers as professionals and family men preparing for war, and the second segment is these men fighting intense battle scenes with splendid special effects. The battle is portrayed as a rousing American victory, but the Vietnamese are not villainized, and are portrayed as having motivations every bit as admirable and legitimate as the Americans. The first-rate cast includes Mel Gibson, Sam Elliot, and Greg Kinnear. This is a movie I can watch over and over again, though the graphic violence will not be for everyone. Based on the popular non-fiction book, "We Were Soldiers Once-- and Young."

Aug 29, 2019

One of THE very best war movies ever seen. The music helped make this icon what is was - mesmerizing, real, edge of seat, heart torn for the different character's that you feel a part of. Fast paced from the time they put their foot on foreign ground. The build up and understanding of the actors is so well done. There's not enough accolades for this one.

Jan 08, 2019

Based on a true story, this movie shows the true grit of the US soldiers. Great acting, and the wives of the soldiers are shown dealing with the loneliness of absent husbands and the pain and grief of loss if they died.

Jan 25, 2018

Great movie, but it is sad.

bossje33 May 21, 2016

good movie, Mel Gibson very good

May 11, 2015

Yeah, the 1st Air Cavalry battle depicted in this movie actually happened more-or-less as portrayed. Unfortunately it is a piece of the mythology of the Vietnam War that grows more every day. I encourages we veterans to lie through our teeth even to one another about what we were, why we were, what we actually did back in those times. I go to the VA Hospital and sit in waiting rooms with dozens of other vets who lie to one another everyone claiming to be a combat vet. Every finance clerk every tanker, every helicopter mechanic has become a point man or sniper. I know a guy who was a battalion logistics officer with the Air Cav who's claiming today he was an infantry platoon commander. That war did a lot to all of us in this country, military and non military, but first and most it made liars of us all. A war we never should have fought, where every death was a waste. We lost, and nothing bad happened as a consequence. So we lie to ourselves and one another.

But only one out of every 20 of those guys wearing Vietnam Veteran caps ever even heard a shot fired in anger. One out of 100 were near enough to be in any danger. Force us to tell the truth for once.

Sep 29, 2013

One of the very few "Vietnam war" movies to come out of Hollywood that did not go overboard. Captured combat and the home life of soldiers families. Very well done, Oscar material.

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Dec 04, 2014

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Jan 25, 2018

Lt. Colonel Hal Moore: I think you oughta get yourself an M-16.

Sergeant Major Basil Plumley: Sir, if the time comes I need one, there'll be plenty lying on the ground.


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