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Taking Chance (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | TV Movie 21 February 2009
Based on real-life events, Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, a volunteer military escort officer, accompanies the body of 19-year-old Marine Chance Phelps back to his hometown of Dubois, Wyoming.

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Nicholas Art ...
Nate Strobl (as Nicholas Reese Art)
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Chris Phelps
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Navy Chaplain
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Gary Hargrove
James Castanien ...
Robert Orndoff
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Tom Garrett
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Gretchen
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A.V. Scott
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In April, 2004, casualties mount in Iraq. At Quantico, choices focus on increasing troop strength or only replacing casualties. Lt. Col. Michael Strobl crunches numbers. Stung by his superior's rejection of his recommendation because he lacks recent combat experience, Strobl volunteers for escort duty, accompanying the remains Pfc. Chance Phelps, killed at 19. From Dover to Philadelphia by hearse, from there to Minneapolis and on to Billings by plane, and then by car to Phelps' Wyoming home - person after person pays respects. Kind words, small gifts, and gratitude are given Strobl to deliver to the family on this soul-searching journey. What are his own discoveries? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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21 February 2009 (USA)  »

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A lélek útja  »

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This film, like Bernard and Doris (2006) and Kenneth Branagh's version of As You Like It (2006), bypassed movie theaters in the U.S., and went straight to HBO, even though it was not actually made for television. See more »

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During the scene on the nighttime tarmac where the two escorts meet the camera cuts back and forth between the marine and the soldier. In one of the cuts the Air Assault badge on the sergeants left breast pocket flap jumps from centered (which is correct) to right justified (which is not). When the camera cuts back to him it is realigned. See more »

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LtCol Mike Strobl: [voiceover] Chance Phelps was wearing his St. Christopher medal when he was killed on Good Friday. Eight days later, I handed the medallion to his mother. I watched them carry him the final fifteen yards. I felt that as long as he was still moving, he was somehow still alive. When they put him down in his grave, he'd stopped moving. I didn't know Chance Phelps before he died. But today, I miss him.
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Take The Highway
Written by Toy Caldwell
Performed by The Marshall Tucker Band
By Arrangement with Natural Energy Lab
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A must see
21 February 2009 | by See all my reviews

We live in a time of fear, supreme doubt, and hyper-criticism.

All of us in this country need to dial in to an occasional (at least) reality check. This was a lovely, poignant film that should remind us all about loss, country, community, family, patriotism--all that we hold dear. I will watch this film again with my 13, soon to be 14 year old son, who needs (like me ) to be reminded of the stark reality of where we are as a people today - right or wrong, it is what it is...

This is a well acted, realistic depiction of our reality today, though not just about the Iraq situation. It tells us, and reminds us of so much more.


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