Trivia / We Were Soldiers

  • Artistic License Linguistics: When Joe Galloway tells Hal Moore that he's from Refugio, Texas, he pronounces it "Re-fuge-ee-oh", with a soft front-of-the-tongue G, the same way most English speakers not from Refugio do. The town's name is pronounced more like "Re-fury-oh". It's a long story, involving Spanish settlements and Irish colonists who couldn't pronounce Spanish-style back-of-the-tongue soft-Gs.
  • California Doubling: Double subverted. The film is set in the Ia Drang Valley in Vietnam, but was shot in northern California, which in turn is a dead ringer for the Ia Drang Valley. Not all of Vietnam was jungle or city.
  • Follow the Leader: Was one of the war films following up the giant success of Saving Private Ryan that displayed realistic combat violence but was also respectful to the cause and sacrifices of the troops involved. Really worthy of note given how most of the iconic films about the Vietnam War released prior portrayed things.