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We Were Soldiers R

400 U.S paratroopers. 4,000 Vietnamese soldiers. 12,000 miles away from home. 1 man led them into battle.
We Were Soldiers
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 18 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: April 25, 2017
  • Originally Released: 2002
  • Label: Paramount
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Commentary by Director/Writer Randall Wallace
    • "Getting It Right"
    • Behind-the-Scenes
    • Deleted Scenes
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French
    • Subtitles - English

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Entertainment Reviews:

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Total Count: 147

Upright84%

AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 203,151
Gibson wears a rictus of distaste which seems more suggestive of dodgy on-set catering than the horrors of combat.
Daily Telegraph (UK)
Oct 19, 2003
We Were Soldiers is, ultimately, a powerful and moving experience--once it overcomes its clunky, badly written and cliched first act. Full Review
Newsweek
Aug 18, 2008
...[The film] impresses with the overwhelming physicality of its combat sequences...
Los Angeles Times
Mar 1, 2002
After suffering through We Were Soldiers, I think I've seen all the war movies I care to endure for quite some time.
Observer
Mar 13, 2002
Rating: 3/5 -- One of the most violent movies ever released. Full Review
Common Sense Media
Dec 29, 2010
As Lt. Col. Hal Moore opined to Sgt. Major Plumley during the throes of battle, 'I wonder what Custer was thinking when he realized he'd moved his men into slaughter.' Plumley's natural reply, 'Sir, Custer was a p--.' Full Review
Behind The Lens
Nov 6, 2019
...[The battle] is brilliantly designed and shot....The film's major contribution to the Vietnam War movie is its willingness to view the enemy as human beings...
Hollywood Reporter
Feb 25, 2002

Product Description:

In 1965, 400 American troops faced an ambush by 2,000 enemy troops in the Ia Drang Valley (also known as the Valley of Death), in one of the most gruesome fights of the Vietnam War. WE WERE SOLDIERS is a detailed recreation of this true story: of the strategies, obstacles, and human cost faced by the troops that participated. The story focuses on the lieutenant colonel that led the attack, Hal Moore (Mel Gibson), and a civilian reporter who accompanied them, Joseph Galloway (Barry Pepper), as well as a number of other soldiers who were involved.

This is an unusual Vietnam film in that it also shows the North Vietnamese perspective on the battle; their leader Lieutenant General Nguyen Huu An (Don Duong) is depicted as a brave soldier and smart commander. And in addition to the many gory battlefield sequences--which seem to have been influenced by SAVING PRIVATE RYAN--we also see how the carnage of war affects those left behind, the soldiers' wives and children. Ultimately this is a moving anti-war film, which, by sticking close to the true stories of real soldiers, very effectively brings home the overwhelming horror of war.

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  • Theatrical Release: MARCH 1, 2002

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  • Sales Rank: 11,383
  • UPC: 032429258571
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