We Were SoldiersDirector: Randall Wallace
Screenwriter Randall Wallace, a specialist in sweeping historical epics, steps behind the camera for this fact-based Vietnam War drama that reunites him with his Braveheart (1995) star Mel Gibson. Gibson is Lt. Col. Hal Moore, commander of the First Battalion, Seventh Cavalry, the same regiment fatefully led by George Armstrong Custer. As part of the Pleiku Campaign of late 1965, Moore is assigned to an action at Landing Zone X-Ray in the Drang Valley, an area that would come to be known as the "The Valley of Death." Moore soon finds himself and his men contained to an area about the size of a football field, surrounded by more than 2,000 enemy troops and engaged in the first major battle of the war. Heroism becomes the order of the day as men like Moore, chopper pilot Bruce Crandall (Greg Kinnear), and Lt. Henry Herrick (Marc Blucas) refuse to yield, in spite of heavy losses of life. The film co-stars Madeleine Stowe, Chris Klein, Keri Russell, and Sam Elliott. We Were Soldiers is based on the book We Were Soldiers Once...and Young by Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore (retired) and UPI reporter Joe Galloway (played in the film by Barry Pepper).
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- [Wide Screen]
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Cast & Crew
|Mel Gibson||Lt. Col. Harold G. Moore|
|Sam Elliott||SGM Basil Plumley|
|Keri Russell||Barbara Geoghegan|
|Erik MacArthur||Spec. 4 Russell Adams|
|Barry Pepper||Joseph L. Galloway|
|Don Duong||Lt. Col. Nguyen Huu An|
|Robert Bagnell||1st Lt. Charlie Hastings|
|Josh Daugherty||Spec. 4 Bob Ouellette|
|Jsu Garcia||Capt. Tony Nadal|
|Blake Heron||Spec. 4 Galen Bungum|
|Lon Bender||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Michael T. Boyd||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Tim Cooney||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Digital Domain||Animator,Special Effects|
|Eveleen Anne Bandy||Associate Producer|
|Cathy Sandrich Gelfond||Casting|
|Nick Glennie-Smith||Score Composer|
|William Hoy||Associate Producer,Editor|
|Kevin Kavanaugh||Art Director|
|Jim Lemley||Executive Producer|
|Naaman Marshall||Set Decoration/Design|
|Nilo Otero||Art Director|
|Richard Romig||Set Decoration/Design|
|Geoffrey G. Rubay||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Tom Sanders||Production Designer|
|Arne Schmidt||Executive Producer|
|Mark Stoeckinger||Sound/Sound Designer|
|James F. Truesdale||Art Director|
|Kim Winther||Art Director|
1. Where Does It Begin? [6:52]
2. Air Cavalry [6:05]
3. Family Prayers [6:26]
4. A Soldier and a Father [:15]
5. What is a War? [5:06]
6. We Are All Americans [7:53]
7. November 14, 1965 [8:43]
8. Cut Off at the Knoll [6:36]
9. Hot L.Z. [1:36]
10. Ammo and the Wounded [6:10]
11. Holding Out Against the Night [:10]
12. Taxis [5:53]
13. Words for the Dead [:07]
14. "We're Gonna Win This Fight" [5:05]
15. Broken Arrow [2:01]
16. A Nice Day [5:29]
17. Fix Bayonets [:27]
18. Aftermath [5:51]
19. Memorial [1:19]
We Were Soldiers
English 5.1 Surround Ex
English Dolby Surround
Commentary by Director/Writer Randall Wallace
Subtitle Options: English
Subtitle Options: None
Commentary by Director/Writer Randall Wallace
"Getting It Right" Behind-the-Scenes
Beck and Adams
Snake and Too Tall
Burning the Codes
End of Big NVA Attack
Courage is a Beautiful Thing
Return to Camp Holloway
Moore Debriefed by McNamara & Westmoreland
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This movie is a very good movie, I think that Lt.Col. Hal Moore is my role model because when i grow up im going to west point. This is one of my most favorite movie ever. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes war movies.
if you liked the patriot you will like this movie
This movie, amazingly stayed close to the storyline in the book. For a Hollywood production, it was realistic and accurate. I felt like I was there on the battlefield. It brought back the memories that I had put away. I felt like I was back with the 7th Cavalry in Vietnam. I could feel the heat of the napalm, and I cringed with the blast of the artillery shells. I was sweating throughout the combat scenes and almost threw myself on the floor of the movie theater when the first fire fight began.
We Were Soldiers was the best movie i ever saw, Mel Gibson gave an outstanding performance. All the actors did. I give it a 5 star rating. And it should be nominated for an award!
From the very beginning, I was captivated by the musical score for the picture as well as the mutual respect for both the American and Vietnemese forces that fought in the battle of Ia Drang. The movie as a whole is incredible from the acting of all involved as well as the direction; I was particularly touched by the paternal nature of the lead officers (Gibson and Elliot) to their troops and their dedication to their country, no matter the problems involved. The effects were appropriatly fascinating and disturbing, showing the realities of battle and reflecting the reason why Americans were horrified to see this for themselves originally. An excellent reminder for the brevity of life and need for the timeless values of honor, integrity, love, and respect. I was and am glad to see a movie that honors those that were honorable in such a horrific period.
I was in this battle with the 1st BN(Airborne), 8th Cav, 1st Air Cav Divison. We were first on the battlefield, left to go to another landing zone, and returned at the tail end of the battle. So realistic was this movie, that I was scared all over again-expecially at night. This was first time I saw dead American soldiers. A tribute to those 7th Cav soldiers who foutht so gallantly. Most realistic of VN movies. I knew many who died. They were honored in the book and movie. This must win many Academy Awards.
When I keep reading ''the best move ever'' and other senseless reviews by people who must not ever have seen one of the hundreds of better movies, it makes their review a puff piece or just ignorance
An exceptional movie. As a Vietnam veteran, I can say that the makers of this film stayed close to the feel of things in the 1960s, both here in the U.S., and overseas in Vietnam. It is also a testiment to the superb book by LTG Hal Moore and former UPI War Correspondent Joe Galloway who co-authored the book on which this film is based. Incidently, Joe Galloway is the only civilian war correspondent to have been awarded the Bronze Star with ''V'' device for valor by the U.S. Army. Joe is known, with true justification, as the ''Ernie Pyle of his generation.''
A well written movie with lots of action, Patriotic
This movie was so heart wrenching and action packed you couldn't take your eyes off the screen.The portrayal of the Reporter played by Barry Pepper( Saving Private Ryan, Enemy of The State)was one of the most human roles in the last 40 years of movies.
I was 4F during Vietnam (blind in 1 eye) but always wanted to be a soldier. I am the son of a WWII Disinguished Service Cross holder and very proud of my country and the men who have given of themselves to defend it. This movie evoked emotions that a 51 year old man seldom acknowledges. While watching the drama unfold, I was constantly on the brink of tears but when the North Vietnamese commander removed the small American flag from its resting place, I sobbed like a child. This movie was extremely well done and makes no apologies for its patriotic stand. It made me proud of America and proud that, in this PC world, we still have men willing to go on record as patriots. Thank you to all involved and most especially, thank you to Major General Moore and Joe Galloway for making sure the story got told correctly.
This movie is a slap in the face to all the men and women who served in Vietnam, particularly to those who died there. I served a little over two years in country between 63 and 67 and was in Pleiku during the battle. I can not understand why Col. Moore, would associate himself with this movie because it is a total distortion of the events that took place there. Any people who doubt this don¿t have to take my word ¿ they merely have to do a search on the net to get an accurate view of what happened, and the bravery and determination displayed by Col Moore, and his men in the face of overwhelming odds. If you want to read about the French involvement, Bernard Fall¿s, Street Without Joy, would be a good place to start. This isn¿t Randall Wallace¿s and Mel Gibson¿s first gross distortion of history. Braveheart is another example. In fact the Scotts were so outraged over this that a steel fence and locking gate had to be erected around a statue of Mr. Gibson, as William Wallace, to kept the local residents from defacing it. Again, don¿t take my word about this ¿ just search the net. For those who want to get some small idea of what modern warfare is like, Blackhawk Down, would be a good choice. It¿s not nice, but there is nothing nice about war, and the price paid by those who are there.
At the conclusion of the movie, when the actual names of those involved were being scrolled through, you could have heard a pin drop in the theater (except for an occasional sniffle). Everyone, and I mean everyone, in the theater was numb, and the proper respect for the men who fought the war was given. NO CONVERSATIONS WERE TO BE HEARD. It was as if we were in church or standing on the blood-soaked and hallowed ground ourselves. For the first time, a closure on the Viet Nam War was at hand.
This movie makes the point all the others war movies tried to make. For anyone who was alive during Vietnam and especially for those who weren't this movie will make quite an impact and make you realize no one ever really wins a war.
This movie is unfair to Oliver Stone, Gore Vidal, Michael Moore et al. It makes clear that their ultimate, objective is to add another S to the USA
This is a movie that gives americas respect to all of those men that fought in the La Drang Valley during Vietnam. It is a good movie a must buy.
Mel Gibson portrays Col. Moore and captures the essence of a leader that every soldier would follow into battle anywhere, anytime.
i feel that this video is a very good example of ehat the war was like and how the families of the men who were at war coped with all the presures
This movie isn't just about the graphic violence it shows. It has a good storyline, which some other war movies lack.
With all that is going on in the world today this movie brings it all to reality. It is a heart felt movie that brought me tears of honor for the men who faught for our freedom.
This movie was very sad and depressing. At the same time, it sparks extreme patriotism and honor towards the veterans who fought for the U.S. You must see this to get an idea of what our soldiers did.
If you could leave the why out of wars, then you would have an apolital look at war. War is suffered mainly by the combatants of the war. Not to minimize the non-combatants suffering which have little or no choice in the conflict, but to further enhance the fact that soldiers have little or no choice as well. Soldiers are the very definition of apolitical. They fight not for a party or even a country. As this film will elaborate to, they fight for each other and the ideal that what they are fighting for is ultimately the survival of not only themselves but the for the survival of thier fellow countrymen and heirs thereof. Soldiers is a look at comraderey in it's finest hour. Sacrifice should be the underlying theme. But sacrifice to what end? That is what you the viewer must ulitmately decide. At the very heart of sacrifice is not politics, it would have to be more than that. It would have to be for someone you care for. Because only another person can make you sacrifice your self for them or others. I don't believe the ideal is as important as the person. Therefore in this movie we see each other and what would we do in a similar situation. Indeed people believing in the honor of your team or company coming before yourself. What a concept.
I have seen this movie probably a total of 4 times and each time I see it, I walk away with so much pride for our country and our military. I have always supported our military and this movie shows just how much they give to let us live the way we do. Mel Gibson is such a good actor. He makes this movie come alive, so that you can really understand the emotional trama that these men really went through. This is an excellent movie and I would suggest it to anyone.