We Were Soldiers
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Mel Gibson and Randall Wallace, the star and writer of Braveheart, reuni te for this action-packed war movie that features explosive battle seque nces, thrilling aerial photography and unforgettable military heroes who fought for their country, their loved ones and their freedom. The year is 1965 and America is at War with North Vietnam. Commanding the air cav alry is Lt. Col. Hal Moore (Gibson), a born leader committed to his tro ops. His target: the La Drang Valley, called "The Valley of Death." As M oore prepares for one of the most violent battles in U.S. history, he de livers a stirring promise to his soldiers and their families: "I will le ave no man be hind…dead or alive. We will all come home together." This heroic true story of commitment, courage and sacrifice also stars Madeli ne Stowe, Greg Kinnear, Sam Elliott, Chris Klein, Keri Russell and Barr y Pepper.]]>
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The movie also puts some human face on the North Vietnamese, although they mostly get mowed down by the vastly superior American firepower. The NVA had a huge numerical advantage, though, putting the 7th Cavalry units in dire straits for two days (there was more action in the Ia Drang, where Americans fared very poorly, but that's not depicted in the film). The battle scenes are well done, and the recreation of the close artillery and air support is extremely good.
If you like war flicks and don't mind movies featuring Mel Gibson, this is worth seeing. More straightforward than classic Vietnam films--Deer Hunter, Apocalypse Now, Platoon--more jingoistic than the latter two, but a little more realistic view of the North Vietnamese then most others.
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