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We Were Soldiers (2002)

The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War and the soldiers on both sides that fought it, while their wives wait nervously and anxiously at home for the good news or the bad news.

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A telling of the 1st Battalion, 7 Cavalry Regiment, 1st Calvary Division's battle against overwhelming odds in the La Drang valley of Vietnam in 1965. Seen through the eyes of the battalion's commander, Lt. Col. Hal Moore (played by Mel Gibson), we see him take command of the battalion and its preparations to go into Vietnam. We also see how the French had, years earlier, been defeated in the same area. The battle was to be the first major engagement between US and NVA forces in Vietnam and showed the use of helicopters as mobility providers and assault support aircraft. Written by grantss

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Fathers, Brothers, Husbands & Sons. See more »

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Action | Drama | History | War

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Rated R for sustained sequences of graphic war violence, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 March 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Lost Patrol  »

Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,212,543 (USA) (3 March 2002)

Gross:

$78,122,718 (USA)
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Trivia

Most of the rifles used in the film are actually the M16A1, identifiable by the forward assist on the left side of the rifle. The M16A1 was not introduced until 1967, but was likely used in place of the historically accurate M16 in the film, because the latter would have been nearly impossible for the films' armorers to acquire, in the numbers necessary, for the film. See more »

Goofs

When Joe Galloway helps defend the aid post, as he aims his M16 it can appear that there is no round chambered, since the bolt is in the forward position. However, the M16 fires from the closed-bolt position, so when a round is chambered, the bolt will be forward. See more »

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Joe Galloway: [Narrating; voice-over] These are the true events of November, 1965, the Ia Drang Valley of Vietnam, a place our country does not remember, in a war it does not understand. This story's a testament to the young Americans who died in the valley of death, and a tribute to the young men of the People's Army of Vietnam who died by our hand in that place. To tell this story, I must start at the beginning. But where does it begin? Maybe in June of 1954 when French Group Mobile 100 moved ...
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Soundtracks

Hold On I'm Coming
Written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter
Performed by Tommy Blaize
Produced by Nick Glennie-Smith
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John Wayne wishes he made this movie
10 November 2003 | by (Sandgate) – See all my reviews

In the tradition of such war film classics as The Bridges at Toko Ri, To Hell and Back well as John Wayne's The Green Berets is this seemingly out of place epic with the amount of cynical pestilence abound.

The pace is lightning fast once the scenes transfer into the early period of the Vietnam war before the public grew impatient. The score of the film is often overlooked but in this case it provides plenty of emotion especially as the 7th Regiment assembles for the trip to South Vietnam beneath the radio towers late at night.

Of a forgotten battle with unknown heroes for both forces this is a great war movie that should be a lesson for future productions.


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