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Release Date: March 1st, 2002

DVD Release Date: August 20th, 2002

R|2 hr 17 min

Plot Summary
Based upon the best-selling book "We Were Soldiers Once ... and Young" by Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore (Ret.) and journalist Joseph L. Galloway, this compelling war drama depicts the true story of the first major battle between the United States and North Vietnamese forces. It is a film about uncommon valor and nobility under fire, loyalty among soldiers, and the heroism and sacrifice of men and women both home and abroad.

Cast: Mel Gibson, Madeleine Stowe, Greg Kinnear, Sam Elliott, Chris Klein, Keri Russell, Barry Pepper, Don Duong

Director: Randall Wallace

Genres: Drama, War

Production Co: Wheelhouse, Icon Entertainment International

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Intense, Soldier, 1950s, Survival, Family, Sacrifice, Wife, Love, Dark, 1960s, Emotional, Quest

Ratings & Reviews

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  • While the movie is dreadfully clumsy or sentimental around the edges, there's no denying the strength of Mr. Gibson's performance or the power of the savage combat, a 90-minute sequence that's even more graphic than the horrific firefight in Somalia in "Black Hawk Down."

  • One admires Wallace's intentions while despairing at his execution. Yet as clumsily directed as his film is, it inspires compassion for Moore, his men and their foes. And in that, there is merit. show more

  • One of the best war movies of the past 20 years. show more

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