Taking Chance

2009

Taking Chance

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Inspired by the true story of the United States Marine who volunteered to escort the remains of a nineteen year old soldier who was killed in Iraq to his small hometown in remote Wyoming, Taking Chance stars Kevin Bacon in the feature directorial debut of Oscar-nominated producer Ross Katz. Lance Corporal Chance Phelps (USMC) was just nineteen years old when he was killed during active duty. Now, as Lance Corporal Phelps is prepared for his final journey back home, Lieutenant Colonel Michael Strobl (USMC) (Bacon) makes it his personal mission to ensure that his fallen brother is laid to rest with the proper respect. As the journey begins, Lieutenant Colonel Strobl gains a greater appreciation of the sacrifices made in war than ever before.

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Cast

Kevin Bacon
as Lt. Col. Michael Strobl
Blanche Baker
as Chris Phelps
Nicholas Art
as Nate Strobl
Tom Wopat
as John Phelps
Tom Aldredge
as Charlie Fitts
Paige Turco
as Stacey Strobl
Gordon Clapp
as Tom Garrett
Ann Dowd
as Gretchen
Tate Ellington
as A.V. Scott
Julian Gamble
as Jeff Mack
Victor Slezak
as Sgt. Mulcahy
Matthew J. Morrison
as Robert Rouse
Brendan Griffin
as Maj. Thompson
Julie White
as Col. Karen Bell
William Wise
as Larry Hertzog
Emily Wickersham
as Kelley Phelps
John Bedford Lloyd
as Gen. Kruger
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Critic Reviews for Taking Chance

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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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