We Were Soldiers
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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... Read More
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. <br> <br> 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 an... Minimize
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80 Reviews from Epinions.com
Mar 10, 2002
We Were Crying
Pros: Captures the theme and feel of the Vietnam era
Cons: The painful and prolonged visions of the Vietnam battlefield may too much for viewers.
We Were Soldiers succeeds because of its balanced, true-life portrayal of combat and its affect on the family. Read More at Epinions.com
Oct 27, 2002
Some of We Were . . .
Pros: Gritty, realistic combat scenes.
Cons: Yellow cabs. Some unnecessary emotional ploys and melodramatic soliloquies.
We Were Soldiers is more than a soldiers tale. It is a graphic depiction of wars costs. Those paid by the warriors in the field and their families at home. Read More at Epinions.com
Mar 13, 2002
I Thought of My Dad The Whole Time
Pros: Positive portrayal of U.S. soldiers; incrediblly realistic special effects.
Cons: A little bit of Hollywood story telling.
This film was a powerful experience for me and I recommend this film to children of the Vietnam era. Read More at Epinions.com
Feb 7, 2005
The First Battle Of The Vietnam War - We Were Soldiers
Pros: Some excellent acting, good score, good story, good cinematography and a solid cast.
A good film about the Vietnam war that stays out of the politics and focuses on the soldiers instead. Read More at Epinions.com
Mar 26, 2002
WE WERE SOLDIERS: Coming To Terms With Vietnam, Part II.
Pros: A study of Honor.
Cons: Bloody in the extreme.
If you are curious about why soldiers fight and die, here is a pretty good perspective. Read More at Epinions.com
Jun 22, 2003
We Were Soldiers with Mel Gibson - Stunning Vietnam story.
Pros: A story that needed to be told.
Cons: Moore was too perfect in some ways.
This is a movie that will make you cry. War is not short blurbs on CNN. It's every man and woman touched by the violence. Read More at Epinions.com
Mar 28, 2002
We Were Soldiers
Pros: If this is true, I am sorry we ever put our boys through it
Cons: the pain of learning the truth
There are those that say this is a truthful account. If so, I am sorry for their interior pain and our outright denouncement of them. Read More at Epinions.com
Aug 3, 2005
Gary Owen, Sir!
Pros: An honest look at America's early entry into the Vietnam quagmire.
Cons: Some terrain and historical inaccuracies. Some omission of salient facts on the battle.
An appreciative look at American heroism in Vietnam, before the media and the Left turned Americans against our GIs. Read More at Epinions.com
Jun 24, 2010
War is a personal battle, not just a political one
Pros: excellent acting and direction, real, honest, moving
Cons: extremely violent and sad
If you're looking for an honest and moving account of war, beyond the political aspect, this movie will be sure to forever remain in your memory. Read More at Epinions.com
Mar 21, 2002
We Were Soldiers: My Battle Cry(ing).
Pros: Genuine and unsettling...
Cons: I felt like I had the "10 mile stare" when I left.
I've never seen such a realistic war movie. Read More at Epinions.com
Apr 6, 2004
We Were Soldiers IS Outstanding
Pros: MEL GIBSON, most accurate historical fiction, blood and guns
Cons: nothing to write here
I would recommend this movie to any civilian. I would rank it as one of the top five best war movies ever made. Read More at Epinions.com