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We Were Soldiers

"400 U.S paratroopers. 4,000 Vietnamese soldiers. 12,000 miles away from home. 1 man led them into battle."

R 2002-03-01 Action 2hr 18m

The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War and the soldiers on both sides that fought it.

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The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War and the soldiers on both sides that fought it.

  • Released
    2002-03-01
  • Revenue
    $114,660,784
  • Budget
    $75,000,000
  • Runtime
    2hr 18m
  • Genre
    Action, History, War
  • Status
    Released
  • Language
    English, Tiếng Việt, Français
  • imdb-logo
    7.2
  • Production
    Wheelhouse Entertainment, Icon Entertainment International, Motion Picture Production GmbH & Co. Erste KG

Crew

Randall Wallace
Director
Randall Wallace
Screenplay
Randall Wallace
Producer

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Cast

Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson

Lt. Col. Hal Moore
Greg Kinnear

Greg Kinnear

Maj. Bruce 'Snake' Crandall
Madeleine Stowe

Madeleine Stowe

Julie Moore
Sam Elliott

Sam Elliott

Sgt. Maj. Basil Plumley
Chris Klein

Chris Klein

2nd Lt. Jack Geoghegan
Keri Russell

Keri Russell

Barbara Geoghegan
Barry Pepper

Barry Pepper

Joe Galloway
Clark Gregg

Clark Gregg

Capt. Tom Metsker
Marc Blucas

Marc Blucas

2nd Lt. Henry Herrick
Jsu Garcia

Jsu Garcia

Capt. Tony Nadal
Robert Bagnell

Robert Bagnell

1st Lt. Charlie Hastings
Blake Heron

Blake Heron

Sp4 Galen Bungum
Josh Daugherty

Josh Daugherty

Sp4 Robert Ouellette
Jon Hamm

Jon Hamm

Capt. Matt Dillon
Dylan Walsh

Dylan Walsh

Capt. Robert Edwards
Erik MacArthur

Erik MacArthur

Sp4 Russell Adams
Mark McCracken

Mark McCracken

Capt. Ed 'Too Tall' Freeman
Desmond Harrington

Desmond Harrington

Sp4 Bill Beck
Duong Don

Duong Don

Lt. Col. Nguyen Huu An
Ryan Hurst

Ryan Hurst

Sgt. Ernie Savage
Brian Tee

Brian Tee

Pfc. Jimmy Nakayama
Sloane Momsen

Sloane Momsen

Cecile Moore
Bellamy Young

Bellamy Young

Catherine Metsker
Simbi Khali

Simbi Khali

Alma Givens
Jim Grimshaw

Jim Grimshaw

Maj. Gen. Henry Kinnard
Forry Smith

Forry Smith

Sfc. Carl Palmer
Steven Nelson

Steven Nelson

Sp5 Charlie 'Doc' Lose
Vincent Angell

Vincent Angell

Capt. Robert 'Doc' Carrera
Michael Tomlinson

Michael Tomlinson

Col. Tim Brown
Keith Szarabajka

Keith Szarabajka

Diplomatic Spook
Tim Abell

Tim Abell

Army Intelligence Officer
Patrick St. Esprit

Patrick St. Esprit

General in Hallway
Mike White

Mike White

Sfc. Bob White, Mortar Sergeant
Daniel Roebuck

Daniel Roebuck

Medevac CO
Dan Beene

Dan Beene

Cab Driver
Taylor Momsen

Taylor Momsen

Daughter Julie Moore
Devon Werkheiser

Devon Werkheiser

Steve Moore
Luke Benward

Luke Benward

David Moore
Vien Hong

Vien Hong

Mr. Nik
Joseph Hieu

Joseph Hieu

NVA Officer
Stephen Zapotoczny

Stephen Zapotoczny

Edwards' Radio Operator
Ben Allison

Ben Allison

Lt. Cochran (uncredited)
Brian Carpenter

Brian Carpenter

Sec. of Defense Robert McNamara (uncredited)
George Cheung

George Cheung

NVA Officer (uncredited)
Brendan Ford

Brendan Ford

Jump Coordinator (uncredited)
Justin Gordon

Justin Gordon

French Officer (uncredited)
Shannon M. Hart

Shannon M. Hart

Army Wife (uncredited)
Will Klipstine

Will Klipstine

Private Davey (uncredited)
Danny Le Boyer

Danny Le Boyer

Sergeant (uncredited)
Matt Mangum

Matt Mangum

Pvt. Soprano (uncredited)
Johnny Nguyen

Johnny Nguyen

Young NVA Lieutenant (uncredited)
Randy Oglesby

Randy Oglesby

Lt. Col. List (uncredited)
Jonathan Parks Jordan

Jonathan Parks Jordan

White Private (uncredited)
John Paul Rice

John Paul Rice

Pvt. John Henry (uncredited)

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A Review by Geronimo1967 6

Written by Geronimo1967 on 2022-07-02

Mel Gibson ("Col. Moore") takes charge of training for, and then execution of, a perilous operation in the Vietnamese highlands in 1965. We ... read more

Mel Gibson ("Col. Moore") takes charge of training for, and then execution of, a perilous operation in the Vietnamese highlands in 1965. We know from the start of the film how difficult that task is going to be - the previous French troops met with ruthless treatment at the hands of the N.V.A. and so "Moore" and his motivational deputy "Crandall" (Greg Kinnear) know that they are going to have their work cut out for them. Their mission is to combat an enemy with overwhelming superiority of numbers and try to capture and hold a mountain. Needless to say, their hosts are none too keen on that a plan and what ensues is a brutally depicted, bloody and gory, series of well photographed combat scenes that test the mettle of both sides as the body count mounts. There is a poignant angle added too, as back home we see the colonel's wife "Julie" (Madeleine Stowe) take responsibility for delivery of the letters that are sent to the families on the base intimating bad - even tragic - news to those left behind. Sam Elliott adds well some stoic discipline as "Sgt. Maj. Plumley" and Chris Klein's portrayal of the recent father "Lt. Geoghegan" also contributes a strong human angle to this story. Sadly, though, this is all way too long and though certainly potent at the start, that is washed away in a sea of repetition. What makes us sit up and take notice at the start becomes much less effective; the pyrotechnics lose their impressiveness a bit and to be honest, Gibson just hasn't the on-screen presence to carry this for 2¼ hours. It does emphasise just how modern - airborne, usually - warfare can provide smaller groups with greater superiority and as an example of the ghastliness and futility of war it is a worth watching.

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A Review by CinemaSerf

Mel Gibson ("Col. Moore") takes charge of training for, and then execution of, a perilous operation in the Vietnamese highlands in 1965. We know from the start of the film how difficult that task is going to be - the previous French troops ...

reviewer avatar

A Review by Geronimo1967 6

Written by Geronimo1967 on 2022-07-02

Mel Gibson ("Col. Moore") takes charge of training for, and then execution of, a perilous operation in the Vietnamese highlands in 1965. We know from the start of the film how difficult that task is g...

read more