History Film / WeWereSoldiers

24th Nov '16 12:38:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheSeventhCavalry: Due to the ways military heraldry works, Colonel Moore's unit is a descendant of the TropeNamer. This does inspire a bit of [[DiscussedTrope discussion]] on the parallels, leading to the quote for RousingSpeech.
10th Sep '16 2:32:53 AM Morgenthaler
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28th Aug '16 3:41:28 AM Morgenthaler
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A 2002 movie set in the VietnamWar focusing on the RealLife campaign of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry (cavalry with helicopters not horses that is) in the Ia Drang valley in 1965, the first major battle between the United States and North Vietnam. Lieutenant Colonel Hal Moore (Creator/MelGibson) has to lead a battalion of 400 American soldiers against a force of 2,000 North Vietnamese troops. Notable in that, unlike most films about UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, it portrays both sides sympathetically and nobly.

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A 2002 movie set in the VietnamWar Vietnam War focusing on the RealLife campaign of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry (cavalry with helicopters not horses that is) in the Ia Drang valley in 1965, the first major battle between the United States and North Vietnam. Lieutenant Colonel Hal Moore (Creator/MelGibson) has to lead a battalion of 400 American soldiers against a force of 2,000 North Vietnamese troops. Notable in that, unlike most films about UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, it portrays both sides sympathetically and nobly.




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28th Aug '16 3:41:10 AM Morgenthaler
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A 2002 movie set in the VietnamWar focusing on the RealLife campaign of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry (cavalry with helicopters not horses that is) in the Ia Drang valley in 1965, the first major battle between the United States and North Vietnam. Lieutenant Colonel Hal Moore (Creator/MelGibson) has to lead a battalion of 400 American soldiers against a force of 2,000 North Vietnamese troops. Notable in that, unlike most films about TheVietnamWar, it portrays both sides sympathetically and nobly.

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A 2002 movie set in the VietnamWar focusing on the RealLife campaign of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry (cavalry with helicopters not horses that is) in the Ia Drang valley in 1965, the first major battle between the United States and North Vietnam. Lieutenant Colonel Hal Moore (Creator/MelGibson) has to lead a battalion of 400 American soldiers against a force of 2,000 North Vietnamese troops. Notable in that, unlike most films about TheVietnamWar, UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, it portrays both sides sympathetically and nobly.



* GaulsWithGrenades: A French unit is ambushed and wiped out by the Vietminh during the prologue. Later in the film, Colonel Moore can be seen studying the unit's history and their defeat, hoping to avoid a similar fate for his own men.
26th Aug '16 11:16:26 PM Qube
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** Best part? While the people who knew Plumley agreed Sam Eliot did an excellent job portraying him, he actually ''underplayed'' how badass the real man was. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basil_Plumley Wikipiedia Page on Sgt Major Plumley]]

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** Best part? While the people who knew Plumley agreed Sam Eliot Elliott did an excellent job portraying him, he actually ''underplayed'' how badass the real man was. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basil_Plumley Wikipiedia Page on Sgt Major Plumley]]
12th Aug '16 10:59:13 PM theLibrarian
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** Lieutenant Herrick does this with his entire platoon while sending all of them to chase after one Vietnamese scout. Unsurprisingly this leads them to get ambushed and surrounded for a good portion of the battle.
16th Jul '16 9:48:04 PM Thecommander236
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** Some soldiers suffer this fate in the final battle, including a Vietcong soldier attempt to radio for help.

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** Some soldiers suffer this fate in the final battle, including a Vietcong soldier attempt attempting to radio for help.
18th Apr '16 9:56:44 PM lsfreak
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** Someone is hit by a chunk of burning phosphorus. He's saved... by someone slicing off the part of his face it's stuck to.
17th Apr '16 12:36:35 PM Marin1977
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: At the end of the opening scene, the look on the Viet Minh soldier's face strongly suggests he isn't happy with the order his superior just gave him.
12th Feb '16 5:18:51 PM MRAustin
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*** In RealLife, Moore and An held each other in ''very'' esteem, and, along with Joe Galloway, visited the Ia Drang Valley in 1993, and on learning of his death, Moore and Galloway went to his widow's house in Hanoi (where they found a copy of their book in a glass display cabinet with his uniform and decorations).

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*** In RealLife, Moore and An held each other in ''very'' high esteem, and, along with Joe Galloway, visited the Ia Drang Valley in 1993, and on 1993. On learning of his death, Moore and Galloway went to his widow's house in Hanoi (where Hanoi, where they found a copy of their book in a glass display cabinet along with his uniform and decorations).decorations.
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