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We Were Soldiers (2002)



Critic Consensus: The war cliches are laid on a bit thick, but the movie succeeds at putting a human face on soldiers of both sides in the Vietnam War.

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A fact-based tale of men under fire, their common acts of uncommon valor, and their loyalty to and love for one another during one of the most savage military battles in U.S. history. On November 14, 1965, in the Ia Drang Valley of Vietnam, in a small clearing called Landing Zone X-Ray, Lieutenant Colonel Hal Moore and 400 troopers from the U.S. 7th Air Cavalry are surrounded by 2000 enemy soldiers in what would become the first, and perhaps the worst, major battle of the Vietnam War.more
Rating: R (for sustained sequences of graphic war violence, and for language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Randall Wallace
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 20, 2002
Box Office: $78.1M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Mel Gibson
as Lt. Col. Moore
Sam Elliott
as Plumley
Greg Kinnear
as Crandall
Chris Klein
as Geoghegan
Barry Pepper
as Galloway
Keri Russell
as Barbara
Ryan Hurst
as Savage
Marc Blucas
as Herrick
Josh Daugherty
as Ouellette
Edwin Morrow
as Godboldt
Don Duong
as Lt. Col. Nguyen Huu ...
Michael White
as SFC Haffner
Mark McCracken
as Ed `Too Tall' Freema...
Tim Abell
as Army Intel Officer
Vincent Agnell
as Doc Carrara
Dan Beene
as Cab Driver
Luke Benward
as David Moore
Sean Bunch
as Trooper No. 4
Brian Carpenter
as Robert McNamara
Doug C. Cook
as Capt. Ray Lefebvre
Alan Dale
as Westmoreland
Brendan Ford
as Jump Coordinator
Michael Giordani
as French Lieutenant
Clark Gregg
as Capt. Metsker
Jim Grimshaw
as Gen. Kinnard
Jon Hamm
as Capt. Dillon
Joseph Hieu
as NVA Major
Vien Hong
as Mr. Nik
Nicholas Hosking
as French Captain
Derrell Keith Lester
as Black Private
Simba Khali
as Alma Givens
Shepard Koster
as Reporter No. 1
Matthew Lang
as Lt. John Arrington
Maia Lien
as Army Wife
Kate Lombardi
as Reporter No. 2
Matt Mangum
as Private Soprano
Joshua McLaurin
as Greg Moore
Sloane Momsen
as Cecile Moore
Taylor Momsen
as Little Julie Moore
Steven Nelson
as Charlie Lose
Randy Oglesby
as Lt. Col. List
Jay Powell
as Sergeant
Lee Reynolds
as Chopper Crew
John Paul Rice
as Pvt. John Perry
Daniel Roebuck
as Medivak C.O.
Forry Smith
as Sgt. Palmer
Patrick St. Esprit
as General No. 2
Keith Szarabajka
as Diplomatic Spook
Brian Tee
as Nakayama
Keni Thomas
as Sergeant
Billinjer C. Tran
as Viet Minh St.
Joseph Tran
as NVA Prisoner
Dylan Walsh
as Capt. Edwards
Devon Werkheiser
as Steve Moore
Bellamy Young
as Cathy Metsker
Mike White
as SFC Haffner
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Critic Reviews for We Were Soldiers

All Critics (168) | Top Critics (44)

Probably the best thing you can say about We Were Soldiers is that it does justice to an awful conflict.

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The Vietnam setting looks authentic enough, but the action is as inert and unpersuasive as Gibson's attempt to fashion Bill Mauldin poetry out of his $20-million-plus smirk.

Full Review… | June 1, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

One of the most violent movies ever released.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
Common Sense Media

The war genre, vigorously energized with Saving Private Ryan and Black Hawk Down, takes several steps backward with this old-fashioned moralistic saga, a tribute not only to the soldiers in combat in Vietnam but also to the homefront.

Full Review… | December 22, 2006

I was impressed by Wallace's emphasis of Moore's faith, but the violence struck me as excessive, taking valuable time that could have been used to develop characters.

Full Review… | December 6, 2004
Looking Closer

... A fitting tribute to all the men and women who have fought and died for their country -- and for each other.

Full Review… | January 7, 2004
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Audience Reviews for We Were Soldiers


"We Were Soldiers is a really well made war movie of the Vietnam War. It's really intense. The action never lets up. There is constant chaos and bodies dropping while more are being let off of the helicopter's. The acting is really good in this. I was surprised with how much talent was in one film. Usually you get a movie with some big leads and then some other small known actors. But there was plenty of well known actors which made this film all that much better because of the great performances that were given. I liked that the film showed both sides of the Vietnam War. I also liked how it showed how hard it is for the women waiting at home. It really was one of the better war films I have ever watched. A must see."


Super Reviewer

Its just so cliche. The action, music, and acting aren't motivating at all. The montage sequences drone on. Its just not that great.

paul o.
paul oh

Super Reviewer

I didn't like this war movie very much.
I'm a huge fan of war movies and there has been some truly amazing , brillant war movies but i don't think this one is up to scratch.

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

We Were Soldiers Quotes

Lt. Col. Harold G. Moore: This is where the metal meets the meat.
– Submitted by Michael M (3 years ago)
SGM Basil Plumley: What are you, the f*cking weatherman.
– Submitted by Kathy C (3 years ago)
Major Bruce Crandall: To save innocent and vulnerable people by any means is not called a 'war' between two or more countries its called a genuine and good cause to be there.Americans did not loose a war, they did not surrender, they showed and left an example for other countries to reach for those in need, any day, any time any where in any circumstances, despite having any faith. That's a cause. A reason to live .
– Submitted by Ikramuddin A (4 years ago)
Lt. Col. Nguyen Huu An: Those who are about to fight and die, I am grateful.
– Submitted by Geoff T (4 years ago)

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