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Hamburger Hill

Anthony Barrile  Actor Michael Boatman  Actor Don Cheadle  Actor Michael Dolan  Actor Don James  Actor

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MPAA Rating: R
Contains:Graphic Violence,Nudity,Adult Situations,Not For Children,Adult Language,Profanity,War Violence

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Hamburger Hill

Theatrical Release Date: 1987 08 28 (USA)

UPC: 028485114401

Studio: Live/Artisan

MPAA Rating: R   Contains:[Graphic Violence, Nudity, Adult Situations, Not For Children, Adult Language, Profanity, War Violence]

Summary: Though the anti-war sentiments of Hamburger Hill come through loud and clear, the film is squarely on the side of those courageous, much-maligned Americans who fought and died in Vietnam. Based on a true incident, the story takes place in 1969, as the 101st Airborne Division confronts the Vietcong in a bloody battle over Hill 937 (aka "Hamburger Hill") in the A Shau Valley. During the next ten days, both sides incur heavy losses, but the Cong refuse to surrender the hill. The ultimate American "victory" turns out to be a hollow one indeed. Scripted by Vietnam War vet Jim Carabatsos, Hamburger Hill not only underlines the futility of the war but also the pressures brought to bear upon the troops by an insensitive, often hostile media. By utilizing a cast of unknowns, director John Irvin deftly avoids the Hollywoodized slickness of such bigger-budgeted efforts as Apocalypse Now and The Deer Hunter. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Category: War

Features: 16:9 widescreen version
5.1 Dolby Digital remix
Digitally mastered
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Hamburger Hill

Format: DVD

Release Date: 01/12/1999

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Theatre Wide-Screen

Audio: DD5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1

Runtime: 110 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. Hamburger Hill [2:23]
2. Move Out [2:48]
3. New Guys [4:39]
4. We Don't Start Fights [2:01]
5. Boom Boom [2:40]
6. Back From R & R [3:13]
7. Proper Dental Hygiene [1:50]
8. Survival [3:46]
9. Cool Down [2:01]
10. Pfc [2:37]
11. Incoming [3:22]
12. Unknown Soldier [1:26]
13. What's My Name [3:21]
14. Going Back In [4:19]
15. 10 May 1969 [3:56]
16. Where's the Body? [1:45]
17. Don't Mean Nothin' [3:43]
18. Preparations [1:08]
19. 11 May [2:58]
20. Like a Shadow [3:07]
21. 15 May [4:04]
22. Friendly Fire [5:07]
23. News From Home [4:50]
24. 16 May [:51]
25. Worrying About Nothing [2:11]
26. 17 May [2:48]
27. Brother Blood [3:00]
28. 18 May [3:43]
29. Goin' Home [3:06]
30. That's Why I'm Here [4:23]
31. 20 May [5:22]
32. Remember Me [:47]
33. Top of the Hill [2:33]
34. Rock Up [3:09]
35. Dead Calm [2:44]
36. End Credits [3:32]

Michael Costello

John Irvin's visceral, grunt's-eye view of one of the most notoriously savage battles of the Vietnam War is a solid, beautifully directed film somewhat undercut by a perfunctory script. The film focuses on a dozen or so members of a rifle platoon assigned to take Hill 937 in the A Shau Valley in May of 1969. In Oliver Stone's Vietnam War film Platoon (1986), the unit's dissension reflected the reality of a divided nation. Hamburger Hill, however, raises an equally painful issue from this unique conflict: most U.S. front-line troops were simple, uneducated, and often apolitical kids, trying to come to grips with fighting a war on which public opinion was split. This is most poignantly illustrated by a scene in which one of the grunts (Tommy Swerdlow) is deeply hurt by a letter from his girlfriend telling him she can no longer write to him because she has been told that the war is immoral. While the film doesn't hide its hawkish sympathies, it's essentially about the muddy, bloody horror of this gruesome action, in which 70 percent of the platoon was either killed or wounded. Irvin emphasizes the grunt sense of Sisyphean futility, as they battle their way up and down the side of the hill over the course of 11 brutal days, and his stunning combat photography can stand comparison with any on film. It is less successful in its non-combat sequences, which feature too-familiar scenes reflecting the tensions and friendships among the soldiers. Their mantra, "Don't mean nothin'," also suggests what's missing from the film in terms of an ordering pattern of metaphor. But at its best, in the thick of combat, this is a stirring tribute to the men who fought and died on Hill 937. ~ Michael Costello, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Jim Carabatsos  Producer 
Jim Carabatsos  Screenwriter 
Philip Glass  Composer (Music Score) 
John Irvin  Director 
David Korda  Executive Producer 
David Korda  Producer 
Marcia Nasatir  Producer 
Jerry Offsay  Producer 
Jerry Offsay  Executive Producer 
Anthony Barrile  Actor 
Michael Boatman  Actor 
Don Cheadle  Actor 
Michael Dolan  Actor 
Don James  Actor 
Dylan McDermott  Actor 
M.A. Nickles  Actor 
Harry O'Reilly  Actor 
Daniel O'Shea  Actor 
Tim Quill  Actor 
Tommy Swerdlow

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