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We Were Soldiers
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Starring: Mel Gibson, Madeleine Stowe, Sam Elliott, Greg Kinnear, Josh Daugherty, Chris Klein, Barry Pepper, Keri Russell
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Paramount Pictures
Kiddie Movie: Very graphic fighting scenes.  Leave them at home.
Date Movie: Bring her along so you have a shoulder to cry on.
Gratuitous Sex: Nah.
Gratuitous Violence: Lots of it, and them more.
Action: Lots of it, and then more.
Laughs: The Sergeant Major has some good lines.
Memorable Scene: The battle.
Memorable Quote: None specifically.
Directed By: Randall Wallace
Produced By: Bruce Davey, Stephen McEveety, Randall Wallace

We Were Soldiers
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 2:18 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
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 pretty.

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 taxi driver.

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!!!

 

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