We Were Soldiers (DVD)

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Mel Gibson stars as Colonel Hal Moore in this big budget war movie telling the true story of the Battle of Landing Zone X-Ray. The year is 1965 and Colonel Moore's men arrive in the highlands of South Vietnam ready to carry out a search-and-destroy mission. But thanks to a fault in military intelligence, they disembark near a large North Vietnamese army base and soon find themselves surrounded. What follows is a three-day battle resulting in massive casualties for both sides.

Product Details

Barcode
5051429100210
Department
Movies & TV
Released
5 Nov 2007
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Military & War
Region
Region 2
Language
English
Sound Format
5.1 Dolby Digital
Studio
Icon Home Entertainment
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
  • Scene Access
  • Enhanced WS tv
  • Bonus Footage
  • Trailers
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Commentary: Randall Wallace (Director)
  • Making Of Documentary
  • Other Documentary: TV and Radio spots
Runtime
132 min
Age Restriction
15
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
We Were Soldiers
Release Year
2002
Running Time
138 min
Language
English
Categories
Dramas / 1960s / Soldiers / Theatrical Release / Vietnam / Vietnam War / War
US Box Office
$78.0 million
Ratings
IMDb
7.2
Rotten Tomatoes®
63%
Metacritic
65
Synopsis
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.
Notes
Theatrical Release: MARCH 1, 2002
Poster
Poster for We Were Soldiers
Cast & Crew
Director
Randall Wallace
Star
Mel Gibson / Sam Elliott / Greg Kinnear / Chris Klein / Barry Pepper / Keri Russell / Madeleine Stowe
Screenwriter
Randall Wallace
Source Writer
Joseph L. Galloway / Author: Joseph L. Galloway / Harold Moore / Author: Harold Moore
Composer
Nick Glennie-Smith
Executive Producer
Jim Lemley / Arne Schmidt
Producer
Bruce Davey / Stephen McEveety / Randall Wallace
Director of Photography
Dean Semler
Editor
William Hoy
Production Designer
Tom Sanders
Costume Designer
Michael T. Boyd
Movie Critics
Box Office
"...Deft at pushing emotional buttons..."
Michael Tunison (1 May 2002, p.61)
Entertainment Weekly
"...[Kinnear] does that thing he does better and better with each role he takes, siphoning humor into a serious situation....[Gibson] discharges his duties maturely and successfully..."
Lisa Schwarzbaum (8 Mar 2002, p.44-5)
Hollywood Reporter
"...[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..."
Kirk Honeycutt (25 Feb 2002, p.10-23)
Los Angeles Times
"...[The film] impresses with the overwhelming physicality of its combat sequences..."
Kenneth Turan (1 Mar 2002, p.C1)
New York Times
"...The movie, anchored by Mr. Gibson's modest disciplined performance, has a feeling of calm stoicism..."
A. O. Scott (1 Mar 2002, p.E1)
Rolling Stone
"...The battle, expertly shot by Dean Semler, captures the chaos of guerrilla warfare paralleled in BLACK HAWK DOWN and gives the film a scarring documentary realism..."
Peter Travers (28 Mar 2002, p.76)
Total Film
"...This is a true story that brings home the real horror of war, presenting a balanced, thought-provoking record of men who fought..."
Nev Pierce (1 Apr 2002, p.92-3)
USA Today
"...Solemnly forceful....[Elliott] has what could be the best role of his career..."
Mike Clark (1 Mar 2002, p.10D)

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