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.

Movie Info

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.

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


as Lt. Col. Moore

as Plumley

as Crandall

as Geoghegan

as Galloway

as Barbara

as Savage

as Nadal

as Herrick

as Bungum

as Ouellette

as Godboldt

as Hastings

as Lt. Col. Nguyen Huu ...

as SFC Haffner

as Ed `Too Tall' Freema...

as Army Intel Officer

as Doc Carrara

as Cab Driver

as David Moore

as Trooper No. 4

as Robert McNamara

as Capt. Ray Lefebvre

as Westmoreland

as Jump Coordinator

as French Lieutenant

as Capt. Metsker

as Gen. Kinnard

as Capt. Dillon

as NVA Major

as Mr. Nik

as French Captain

as Black Private

as Alma Givens

as Reporter No. 1

as Lt. John Arrington

as Army Wife

as Reporter No. 2

as Private Soprano

as Greg Moore

as Cecile Moore

as Little Julie Moore

as Charlie Lose

as Lt. Col. List

as Sergeant

as Chopper Crew

as Pvt. John Perry

as Medivak C.O.

as Sgt. Palmer

as General No. 2

as Diplomatic Spook

as Nakayama

as Sergeant

as Viet Minh St.

as NVA Prisoner

as Capt. Edwards

as Steve Moore

as Cathy Metsker

as SFC Haffner
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Critic Reviews for We Were Soldiers

All Critics (167) | 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

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