Taking Chance

2009, War/Drama, 1h 18m

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Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, a volunteer military escort accompanies the body of Lance Cpl. Chance Phelps to his hometown in Wyoming.

Cast & Crew

Kevin Bacon
Lt. Col. Mike Strobl
Tom Aldredge
Charlie Fitts
Blanche Baker
Chris Phelps
Guy Boyd
Gary Hargrove
Gordon Clapp
Tom Garrett
Noah Fleiss
Army Sergeant
Brendan Griffin
Maj. Thompson
Sarah Thompson
Annie
Julie White
Col. Karen Bell
Tom Wopat
John Phelps
Ross Katz
Director
Ross Katz
Screenwriter
Michael Strobl
Screenwriter
Ross Katz
Executive Producer
Brad Krevoy
Executive Producer
William Teitler
Executive Producer
Cathy Wischner-Sola
Executive Producer
Marcelo Zarvos
Original Music
Alar Kivilo
Cinematographer
Lee Percy
Film Editor
Dan Leigh
Production Design
James Donahue
Art Director
Ron von Blomberg
Set Decoration
David Robinson
Costume Designer
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Critic Reviews for Taking Chance

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (3)

Audience Reviews for Taking Chance

  • Feb 08, 2013
    Taking Chance is an incredible picture starring Kevin Bacon that tells the true story of Lieutenant Colonel Michael Strobl who volunteered to escort the remains of Chance Phelps, a Marine killed in Iraq. This is a powerful film that is an eye opening experience. Kevin Bacon gives one of his finest performances. This film was very personal for me, as I grew up in a military family. This film really was a respectful tribute to the men who gave their lives. This is really a subtle film, one that tells a very simple story, albeit a powerful one. This is a well acted movie that is an emotional viewing experience. I really enjoyed this film and I think it's an important one as well. This is one of the most well told dramas that I have seen, and it is a must see film that should be seen for anyone interested in what escorts do to bring fallen soldiers home. This isn't an action film or a war film. On the contrary, this film gives us a behind the scenes look at what goes on, and it makes for a compelling viewing experience that you simply can't forget. I think that this was a story that needed to be told, and the filmmakers did the true story justice. I'm not one to get emotional while I watch movies, but this one made me feel choked up. This is simply put a terrific picture that is brilliant and heartfelt. Taking Chance is a great movie well worth your time, and is one of the most eye opening films that I have seen in quite some time. The story is simple, but engaging and it all comes down to human respect, and the understanding of the sacrifice of soldiers that are willing to give their lives for their country.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Dec 01, 2012
    Heartbreaking true story of a Marine, who volunteers to escort the body of a fallen soldier. Kevin Bacon, despite what some might say. Is and has been on his "A-Game" for quite some time. This is the type of performance one can expect from him, top-notch.
    Jason R Super Reviewer
  • Nov 26, 2011
    Taking Chance tries to go where no other film has gone before - and in this respect it succeeds. However, the film is weighed down by mostly wooden performances and a dull screenplay that insists on repeating the same military protocols over and over again.
    Isaac H Super Reviewer
  • Sep 02, 2010
    no political stuff here, just a well told emotional tale of a killed soldiers journey home, seen through the eyes of his militery escort, played by kevin bacon, he volunteers to to the duty as he feels certain things towards events and is no longer in active service, and along the way, his emotions come to the front, and to many people met along the way, a story about loss, and a film, that is all about the soldiers and not about wether we should be there or not, a well made hbo movie that hits all the right marks,
    scott g Super Reviewer

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