We Were Soldiers

2002

We Were Soldiers (2002)

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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.

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Cast

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 Ahn
Michael White
as SFC Haffner
Mark McCracken
as Ed `Too Tall' Freeman
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
Jonathan Parks Jordan
as White Private
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
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Critic Reviews for We Were Soldiers

All Critics (145) | Top Critics (38)

We Were Soldiers is, ultimately, a powerful and moving experience--once it overcomes its clunky, badly written and cliched first act.

Aug 18, 2008 | Full Review…
Newsweek
Top Critic

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

Jul 20, 2002 | Rating: 3/4

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.

Jun 1, 2002

Makes you cry for the hundreds of thousands of men and women who died so pointlessly with Geoghegan. And their orphans.

Mar 22, 2002 | Full Review…
Slate
Top Critic

As I settled into my World War II memories, I found myself strangely moved by even the corniest and most hackneyed contrivances.

Mar 14, 2002 | Full Review…
Observer
Top Critic

After suffering through We Were Soldiers, I think I've seen all the war movies I care to endure for quite some time.

Mar 13, 2002
Observer
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Audience Reviews for We Were Soldiers

½

"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."

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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 oh
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
Film Crazy

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½

We Were Soldiers is quite possibly the best Vietnam war film since Platoon. Based on Colonel Harold Moore's, We Were Soldiers Once... And Young. We Were Soldiers tells a compelling story about the first major engagement during the Vietnam war. Braveheart screenwriter, Randall Wallace directs this film with great accuracy. The film is not flawless, but for the most part, it does a great job at being authentic. The film does a great job at establishing the characters, unlike previous war films where you are shown little character development, We Were Soldiers demonstrates perfect character development and you sympathize when one of the characters are killed in combat. I found We Were Soldier to be very different than any other Vietnam war film because it shows the human side of these soldiers, we are shown the family side of the soldiers, and unlike every other Vietnam war film, we are shown that these soldiers have sympathy and aren't blood thirsty animals who are "baby killers". We Were Soldier an achievement in war films as it shows the carnage of war, and shows us the human side of it as well. Randall Wallace has crafted a phenomenal war film, and the cast he directs give stunning, poignant performances. We Were Soldiers is the best Vietnam war film to come along in a long time, and like I've said before, it's a very different one as well. Of course one of the best parts of this film is that it shows that the soldiers fighting this war weren't monsters, and for me that is a positive thing. The battle scenes are incredible, and very intense and suspenseful. Not flawless, but very close, We Were Soldiers is yet another memorable addition to the war genre. A fine film, and may I add also a misunderstood one at that.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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