We Were Soldiers
Movie Stats & Links
Madeleine Stowe, Sam Elliott, Greg Kinnear, Josh Daugherty,
Chris Klein, Barry Pepper, Keri Russell
||Very graphic fighting scenes.
Leave them at home.
||Bring her along so you have a
shoulder to cry on.
||Lots of it, and them more.
||Lots of it, and then more.
||The Sergeant Major has some good
||Bruce Davey, Stephen McEveety, Randall Wallace
Itís a good thing I went to "We Were Soldiers" with
some friends. Had I not had to keep a strong demeanor around them I
would have been blubbering like a baby. Again we get a war movie that
does its best to truly depict what war is like, and it shows it ainít
We Were Soldiers
A Movie Review
This time itís The Vietnam War and revolves around the
battle at Landing Zone X-Ray. It starts showing the French getting
their asses whooped by the Vietnamese in the same area, then shifts to
Lt. Col. Harold Moore (Mel Gibson), learning that he will be leading
the men into the battle. Heís a family man and a military man, as are
many of the men he will be leading into battle, and the first part of
the movie shows these connections, helping to reinforce what the wives
were dealing with as their husbands went off to war. Mooreís
right-hand man is Sgt. Maj. Plumley, played greatly by Sam Elliott, as
the mostly seeming-to-be-grumpy-but-with-a-quick-wit military man who
wonít let his superior down. We also get introduced to some of the
other men in Mooreís group, and thatís all nice and swell, but when
this movie goes to war, it gets very real, maybe even more so than the
battle scenes we remember from "Saving Private Ryan."
Now as real as the battle was depicted, just as heart wrenching was
how the wives were dealing with news from the war front. We all
remember the scene in "Saving Private Ryan" with the mom getting
visited by the military telling her she lost her sons, but what showed
just how cold the military was, or maybe too overwhelmed to deal with
all of the dying soldiers, was the fact that wives and mothers got the
bad news that their husbands or sons died via telegrams delivered by a
I wonít go into "We Were Soldiers" any more except to say that for
those of you who donít give Vietnam Vets any respect, this movie might
just change your mind as to what many of them had to endure. 5 stars
out of 5 for "We Were Soldiers." It was great, showed how battles are
won and lost, and showed that everyone involved goes through hell.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!