We Were Soldiers

We Were Soldiers

Blu-ray Disc - 2006
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Lt. Col. Hal Moore is the commander of the First Battalion, Seventh Cavalry. As part of the Pleiku Campaign of late 1965, Moore is assigned to action at Landing Zone X-Ray in the Ia Drang Valley, an area known to be overrun by North Vietnamese troops and nicknamed "The Valley of Death." Moore soon finds himself and his men contained to an area about the size of a football field, surrounded by more than 2,000 enemy troops and engaged in the first major battle of the war. Heroism becomes the order of the day as the men refuse to yield, in spite of heavy losses of life.

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bossje33 May 21, 2016

good movie, Mel Gibson very good

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JackPurcell
May 11, 2015

Yeah, the 1st Air Cavalry battle depicted in this movie actually happened more-or-less as portrayed. Unfortunately it is a piece of the mythology of the Vietnam War that grows more every day. I encourages we veterans to lie through our teeth even to one another about what we were, why we were, what we actually did back in those times. I go to the VA Hospital and sit in waiting rooms with dozens of other vets who lie to one another everyone claiming to be a combat vet. Every finance clerk every tanker, every helicopter mechanic has become a point man or sniper. I know a guy who was a battalion logistics officer with the Air Cav who's claiming today he was an infantry platoon commander. That war did a lot to all of us in this country, military and non military, but first and most it made liars of us all. A war we never should have fought, where every death was a waste. We lost, and nothing bad happened as a consequence. So we lie to ourselves and one another.

But only one out of every 20 of those guys wearing Vietnam Veteran caps ever even heard a shot fired in anger. One out of 100 were near enough to be in any danger. Force us to tell the truth for once.

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eighthafpierce
Sep 29, 2013

One of the very few "Vietnam war" movies to come out of Hollywood that did not go overboard. Captured combat and the home life of soldiers families. Very well done, Oscar material.

aaa5756 May 29, 2012

One of the best films I have seen in this year. It was entertaining and interesting. Great performances a must see for all. “Truly a really great movie worth the long library wait or the price to rent from a Red Box”.

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Koenigstiger
Jul 14, 2011

A simply outstanding film- Mel Gibson is brilliant as usual, and the fact that this is a historical film, based quite closely on Hal Moore's account of the battle, and that the North Vietnamese aren't portrayed as evil villians, but are simply soldiers, makes this one of the better war movies ever made. I highly recommend it.

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NobleSix
Feb 27, 2011

One of the best war movies ever. Although the napalm scene always gets to you...

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