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We Were Soldiers

We Were Soldiers movie poster
Directed by Randall Wallace
Produced by Arne L. Schmidt
Jim Lemley
Randall Wallace
Written by Harold G. Moore
Joseph L. Galloway (book)
Randall Wallace (screenplay)
Starring Mel Gibson
Madeleine Stowe
Greg Kinnear
Don Duong
Sam Elliott
Chris Klein
Keri Russell
Barry Pepper
Dylan Walsh
Distributed by Paramount Pictures (USA)
Icon Entertainment (International)
Release date(s) 2002-03-01 (USA)
Running time 138 min.
Country USA
Language English
Budget $75,000,000 (estimated)
IMDb profile

We Were Soldiers is a 2002 war film that dramatized the Battle of Ia Drang in November 1965, the first major engagement of American troops in the Vietnam War. The film was directed by Randall Wallace and stars Mel Gibson. It is based on the book We Were Soldiers Once ... And Young by Lieutenant General (Ret.) Hal Moore and reporter Joseph L. Galloway, both of whom were at the battle. Image File history File links Weweresoldiers_poster. ... Randall Wallace is an American screenwriter, producer and director. ... Randall Wallace is an American screenwriter, producer and director. ... Lieutenant General Harold G. Hal Moore (born February 13, 1922) is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General. ... Joseph Lee Joe Galloway (born November 13, 1941), an American newspaper corresondent and columnist. ... Randall Wallace is an American screenwriter, producer and director. ... Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson (born January 3, 1956) is an American-Australian actor, Academy Award winning director and producer. ... Stowe pictured with John Travolta in 1999s The Generals Daughter Madeleine Stowe (born August 18, 1958) is an American actress. ... Greg Kinnear (born June 17, 1963) is an Academy Award nominated American actor and television personality, who rocketed to stardom as the first host of E!s Talk Soup. ... Đơn Dương (b. ... Samuel Pack Elliott (born August 9, 1944) is an American film and television actor. ... Chris Klein Christopher Frederick Klein (born March 14, 1979) is an American actor. ... Keri Lynn Russell (born March 23, 1976) is a Golden Globe-winning American actress and dancer. ... Alex Robert Pepper (born April 4, 1970 in Campbell River, British Columbia) is a Canadian-born actor. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... Icon Productions LLC is an American independent production company founded in August 1989 by American-born actor/director Mel Gibson and producing partner Bruce Davey. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... is the 60th day of the year (61st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The year 2002 in film involved some significant events. ... The war film is a film genre concerned with warfare, usually about naval, air or land battles, sometimes focusing instead on prisoners of war, covert operations, military training or other related subjects. ... Combatants North Vietnam Viet Cong United States Commanders Nguyen Huu An Thomas W. Brown Harold G. Moore (X-Ray) Robert McDade (Albany) Strength More than 4,000 (Albany and X-Ray) Over 1,000 (Albany and X-Ray) Casualties X-Ray: Est. ... Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000... Randall Wallace is an American screenwriter, producer and director. ... Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson (born January 3, 1956) is an American-Australian actor, Academy Award winning director and producer. ... We Were Soldiers Once . ... Harold Gregory Hal Moore, Jr. ... Joseph Lee Joe Galloway (born November 13, 1941), an American newspaper corresondent and columnist. ...

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Plot Summary

In the beginning the French were massacred by the North Vietnamesse soldiers .Colonel Hal Moore (Mel Gibson) is a born leader committed to his troops who are getting ready for the first battle of the Vietnam War. The story line is how he leads his men into the Ia Drang Valley in Vietnam. Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson (born January 3, 1956) is an American-Australian actor, Academy Award winning director and producer. ... Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000... The Battle of Ia Drang was the first major battle of the Vietnam War between the United States Army and the Peoples Army of Vietnam (PAVN). ...


The story also talks about the minor plot back at home where Moore's wife (Madeleine Stowe) along with another wife take over the job of delivering telegrams informing relatives of soldiers deaths to relatives that live at Fort Benning, the units base of operation. Before leaving for service in Vietnam, Moore delivers a touching speech to his unit. Stowe pictured with John Travolta in 1999s The Generals Daughter Madeleine Stowe (born August 18, 1958) is an American actress. ... Fort Benning is a United States Army base, located southwest of Columbus in Muscogee and Chattahoochee counties in Georgia and Russell County, Alabama It is part of the Columbus, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area. ...

"I can't promise you that I will bring you all home alive, but this I swear : I will be the first one to set foot on the field, and I will be the last to step off. And I will leave no one behind. Dead, or alive, we all come home together. So help me God."

The night before their departure for Vietnam a sort of a party for the officers assigned to the mission is celebrated. In this passage LTC Moore learns from a superior officer that his unit will be known as the 1st Battalion / 7th cavalry regiment, he is disquieted because the 1st Battalion / 7th Cavalry regiment was the battalion commanded by General Custer when he and his unit was slaughtered at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, and because Lyndon B. Johnson decreed that the war would be fought "on the cheap" without declaring it a national emergency, hence depriving Moore of his oldest, best-trained soldiers (a formal declaration of war would have meant mobilization and extension of the terms of enlistment for volunteer soldiers) -about 25% of his battalion- just prior to shipping for Vietnam. Combatants Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, Arapaho United States Commanders Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse George A. Custer â€ , Marcus Reno, Frederick Benteen, James Calhoun â€  Strength 949 lodges (probably 950-1,200 warriors) 31 officers, 566 troopers, 15 armed civilians, ~35-40 scouts Casualties At least 54 killed, ~168 wounded (according to Sitting Bull...


The story then goes to the battle and switches between the Vietnamese and American forces view. In the movie, the Vietnamese troops were treated with respect. At the end of the three days of fighting, the seemingly victorious G.I.'s leave. The movie puts a strong emphasis that Moore is the last one to set foot off the field of battle, once he's been assured that all his men dead or alive have been recovered from the battlefield. GI or G.I. is a term describing a US soldier or an item of their equipment. ...


Cast

Gibson as LTC Hal Moore

Image File history File links LTC-Hal. ... Image File history File links LTC-Hal. ... Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson (born January 3, 1956) is an American-Australian actor, Academy Award winning director and producer. ... Harold Gregory Hal Moore, Jr. ... Stowe pictured with John Travolta in 1999s The Generals Daughter Madeleine Stowe (born August 18, 1958) is an American actress. ... Julia Compton Moore (February 10, 1929 - April 18, 2004) was a U.S. Army daughter, wife, and mother, who was depicted in the film We Were Soldiers by actress Madeleine Stowe. ... Greg Kinnear (born June 17, 1963) is an Academy Award nominated American actor and television personality, who rocketed to stardom as the first host of E!s Talk Soup. ... Major Crandall in 1965 Bruce P. Crandall (c. ... Samuel Pack Elliott (born August 9, 1944) is an American film and television actor. ... Basil L. Plumley (born 1920) is most famous for his actions as a Sergeant_Major of the US Armys 7th Cavalry Regiment, at the Battle of Ia Drang (1965). ... Chris Klein Christopher Frederick Klein (born March 14, 1979) is an American actor. ... Keri Lynn Russell (born March 23, 1976) is a Golden Globe-winning American actress and dancer. ... Alex Robert Pepper (born April 4, 1970 in Campbell River, British Columbia) is a Canadian-born actor. ... Joseph Lee Joe Galloway (born November 13, 1941), an American newspaper corresondent and columnist. ... Đơn DÆ°Æ¡ng (b. ... Ryan Hurst is an American actor who most notably starred as an All-American lineman in Disneys Remember the Titans. ... Marc Blucas Marc Blucas Marc Blucas Marcus Paul Blucas (born January 11, 1972 in Butler, Pennsylvania) is an American actor. ... Jsu Garcia (born October 06, 1963 (age 43) in New York City) is a Cuban-American actor who has starred in many films. ... Image: [1] Jonathan Edward Hamm (born October 8, 1981 in Rapid City,South Dakota) is a musician, producer and painter. ... Clark Gregg (born April 2, 1962) is an American actor. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Mark McCracken (born August 1, 1960, in Greensboro, North Carolina) is an American actor. ... Ed Freeman (left) is congratulated by President George W. Bush after receiving his award. ... Devon Joseph Werkheiser (born March 8, 1991) is an American actor. ...

Trivia

  • The mournful song heard during some of the aftermath and battle sequences is called Sgt. MacKenzie. An account of a Scottish soldier who fought in similar carnage, it was written by his descendant, Joseph Kilna MacKenzie. It was chosen for the film by Mel Gibson and Randall Wallace due to its haunting, desolate sound; of men prepared to stand their ground for family and friends.
  • The Irish dance tune Garryowen is mentioned several times in the movie. It was a popular tune in the 7th Cavalry Regiment during the 1800s, and became a catch phrase in the 1st Battalion, 7th Calvary in modern times.

Sgt. ... This article is about the Scottish as an ethnic group. ... Irish dancers at St. ... For other uses, see Garryowen (disambiguation). ...

See also

Combatants North Vietnam Viet Cong United States Commanders Nguyen Huu An Thomas W. Brown Harold G. Moore (X-Ray) Robert McDade (Albany) Strength More than 4,000 (Albany and X-Ray) Over 1,000 (Albany and X-Ray) Casualties X-Ray: Est. ... We Were Soldiers Once . ...

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