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1968 Tunnel Rats (2008)

Tunnel Rats (original title)
R | | Action, Drama, War | 13 March 2009 (USA)
During the Vietnam War [1959-1975] a special US combat unit is sent out to hunt and kill the Viet Cong soldiers in a man-to-man combat in the endless tunnels underneath the jungle of Vietnam. Suicide squads of a special kind.

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Sergeant Vic Hollowborn
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Corporal Dan Green
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Private Peter Harris
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Private Carl Johnson
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Private Samuel Graybridge
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Vo Mai
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Huy Tran
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Private Terence Verano
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Private Jonathan Porterson
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Private Jim Lidford
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Sergeant Mike Heaney
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Private Bob Miller
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Chien Nguyen
Adrian Collins ...
Private Dean Garraty
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Private Joseph Walderson (as Scott Cooper)

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During the Vietnam War the U.S. Army brass decides to create a special unit called the Tunnel Rats. Their main mission is to clean-up the Viet-Cong network of tunnels found in the Cu-Chi district outside the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon.The tunnels have become a major nuisance for the U.S. Forces stationed around and inside Saigon. From these tunnels the Viet-Cong can launch devastating and unexpected attacks on any nearby American base as well as on Saigon itself. After the attacks the Viet-Cong forces disappear into the extensive network of tunnels as fast as they appeared, leaving the pursuing Americans empty-handed. The first Tunnel Rats units arrive in the Cu-Chi district in 1968 and they are special-trained to fight hand-to-hand combats underground. They can only rely on a flashlight, a knife and a pistol to try to flush the enemy out. The tunnels, varying in size and length, are booby-trapped with mines and grenades, punji sticks, tripwires, poisonous snakes and enemy ... Written by nufs68

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Action | Drama | War

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Rated R for strong war violence and language | See all certifications »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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A video game developed by Replay Studios was released as a tie-in for the movie. The gameplay involves disarming booby traps, collecting ears from fallen enemies and collecting dog tags from fellow deceased soldiers. According to an interview with Uwe Boll, the game was meant to be released on the Xbox 360, but it ultimately has never had an official retail release, and the only digital distribution store that offers the game is Steam. The story takes place after the movie's events as the player character attempts to find the original crew from the film. See more »

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In various scenes we can see soldiers equipped with M16A2 assault rifles. This is an obvious mistake, as M16A2 variant was introduced in the 1980s and not even single one was used during Vietnam War. See more »

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Good Old Times
Music and Lyrics by Robert Bartha and Peter Bauchwitz
Performed by Peter Bowers
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Not very pleasant, but *intense* !
28 November 2008 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Wow, this movie can not be described easily.

While it is sometimes way too pathetic (american soldiers die too easily), at the very heart, this movie is breathtaking and really painful (due to it's statement) to watch. Between the scenes of war, dying and gore it works well with claustrophobia and the inevitable (you see your fate coming)... And while it gets down to a very personal level, it says so many things about humans, the desire to live, anger, desperation, motivation and war in general .....

*Tech* One things that really blew my mind: the tunnel-scenes could have been done by anyone at (almost) no costs!! (Students around? Learn from that, no major explosions needed!) But yet, those scenes where among the most intense, the most unpleasant, painful, desperate and bloody scenes I have ever seen.

*War and technology* Besides that, the tunnels and the jungle give a fairly well impression why no technology (so far) was a major help in such a fight - when it came down to man vs. man.....

Resume: not your average good-night-movie! + In a movie-theater it soon becomes quite claustrophobic!!


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