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We Were Soldiers (2002)

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Coming Out at 1 March 2002 in theaters

Action, Drama, History

We Were Soldiers is war film directed by Randall Wallace and starring Mel Gibson. Based on the book We Were Soldiers Once… and Young (1992) by Lieutenant General (Ret.) Hal Moore and reporter Joseph L. Galloway, it dramatizes the Battle of Ia Drang on November 14, 1965.

A French unit on patrol in Vietnam in 1954, during the final year of the First Indochina War, is ambushed by Viet Minh forces, probably the Battle of Mang Yang Pass. Viet Minh commander Nguyen Huu An (Đơn DÆ°Æ¡ng) orders his soldiers to “kill all they send, and they will stop coming”.

Eleven years later, the United States is fighting the Vietnam War. U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Hal Moore (Mel Gibson) is chosen to train and lead a battalion. After arriving in Vietnam, he learns that an American base has been attacked, and is ordered to take his 400 men after the enemy and eliminate the North Vietnamese attackers, despite the fact that intelligence has no idea of the number of enemy troops. Moore leads a newly created air cavalry unit into the Ia Drang Valley. After landing, the soldiers capture a North Vietnamese soldier and learn from him that the location they were sent to is actually the base camp for a veteran North Vietnamese army division of 4,000 men.

Director: Randall Wallace

Writers: Harold G. Moore (book), Joseph L. Galloway (book), Randall Wallace

Stars: Mel Gibson, Madeleine Stowe, Greg Kinnear, Sam Elliott, Chris Klein, Keri Russell, Barry Pepper

Cast:

Mel GibsonLt. Col. Hal Moore
Madeleine StoweJulie Moore
Greg KinnearMaj. Bruce ‘Snake’ Crandall
Sam ElliottSgt. Maj. Basil Plumley
Chris Klein2nd Lt. Jack Geoghegan
Keri RussellBarbara Geoghegan
Barry PepperJoe Galloway
Duong DonLt. Col. Nguyen Huu An
Ryan HurstSgt. Ernie Savage
Robert Bagnell1st Lt. Charlie Hastings
Marc Blucas2nd Lt. Henry Herrick
Josh DaughertySp4 Robert Ouellette
Jsu GarciaCapt. Tony Nadal
Jon HammCapt. Matt Dillon
Clark GreggCapt. Tom Metsker
Desmond HarringtonSp4 Bill Beck
Blake HeronSp4 Galen Bungum
Erik MacArthurSp4 Russell Adams
Dylan WalshCapt. Robert Edwards
Mark McCrackenCapt. Ed ‘Too Tall’ Freeman
Edwin ‘EdVanz’d’ MorrowPfc. Willie Godboldt
Brian TeePfc. Jimmy Nakayama
Sloane MomsenCecile Moore
Bellamy YoungCatherine Metsker
Simbi KaliAlma Givens
Jim GrimshawMaj. Gen. Henry Kinnard
Forry SmithSfc. Carl Palmer
Steven NelsonSp5 Charlie ‘Doc’ Lose
Vincent AngellCapt. Robert ‘Doc’ Carrera
Michael TomlinsonCol. Tim Brown
Keith SzarabajkaDiplomatic Spook
Tim AbellArmy Intelligence Officer
Patrick St. EspritGeneral in Hallway
Mike WhiteSfc. Bob White, Mortar Sergeant
Daniel RoebuckMedevac CO
Maia LienArmy Wife
Dan BeeneCab Driver
Taylor MomsenDaughter Julie Moore
Joshua McLaurinGreg Moore
Devon WerkheiserSteve Moore
Luke BenwardDavid Moore
Billinjer C. TranViet Minh Sergeant
Vien HongMr. Nik
Joseph TranNVA Prisoner
Joseph HieuNVA Officer
Lam NguyenNVA Soldier with Bayonet
Diep BuiNVA Wife
Andrew WallaceFrench Bugler
Nicholas HoskingFrench Captain
Michael GiordaniFrench Lieutenant
Shepard KosterReporter
Kate LombardiReporter
Ingrid SemlerReporter
Jason PowellSgt. Robert Stokes
Doug C. CookCapt. Ray Lefebvre
Sean BunchTrooper on Fire
F. Lee ReynoldsChopper Crewman
Stephen ZapotocznyEdwards’ Radio Operator
Frank Kostenko Jr.Foxhole Trooper
Ben AllisonLt. Cochran
Brian CarpenterSec. of Defense Robert McNamara
Chris CateSoldier
George CheungNVA Officer
Greg CraftSoldier
Donald DeNoyerSoldier
Cliff FlemingCapt. Jon Mills
Brendan FordJump Coordinator
Kelli FranklinMrs. Charlie Hastings
Christian GibsonSoldier
William GibsonSoldier
Anthony GilbertSoldier
Justin GordonFrench Officer
Shannon M. HartArmy Wife
Kimby JagnandanSpectator
Lyndon B. JohnsonSelf (archive footage)
Derrell Keith LesterBlack Private
Will KlipstinePrivate Davey
Matthew Lang1st Lt. John Arrington
Danny Le BoyerSergeant
Matt MangumPvt. Soprano
Johnny NguyenYoung NVA Lieutenant
Randy OglesbyLt. Col. List
Jonathan Parks JordanWhite Private
John Paul RicePvt. John Henry
Keni ThomasSergeant
Phong Atwood VoNorth Vietnamese Soldier – South Vietnamese and vVillager (voice)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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