We Were Soldiers

Follow
Released 2002

USER EDITOR

No Editor

User Score: 0

8.5
out of 10
User Rating
1 votes
0

SHOW REVIEWS
By TV.com Users

Movie Summary

Director:
Randall Wallace
Released:
2002
Rating:
R

We Were Soldiers is a war movie set in Vietnam. It has a stellar cast (almost a cast of thousands). Army Lt. Col. Hal Moore (Mel Gibson), Sergeant Major Plumley (Sam Elliot), and helicopter pilot "Snake" (Greg Kinnear) are very believable characters. Based on a true battle, American and Vietnamese forces fight in an area known as the "Valley of Death" early in the war. Moore is a soldier who is fiercely loyal to his troops, promising them that he will be the first one on the battlefield and the last to leave. As the battle progresses (and it was truly huge), the movie focuses not only on the fighting, but on the relationships between Moore and Plumley, as well as families back home in America. Moore makes a painful tactical decision, and he doesn't know if it will save his men. This movie (and the similarly-titled book) are classics of the Vietnam genre.

Metacritic Score

  • 80

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Like the best war movies -- and like martial literature going back to the Iliad -- it balances the dreadful, unassuageable cruelty of warfare and the valor and decency of those who...

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Manages to evoke a complex series of reactions. It both frustrates with its unrelenting sentimentality and impresses with the overwhelming physicality of its combat sequences. Thes...

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Gibson has the closest thing to a John Wayne part that anyone's played since the Duke himself rode into the sunset, and he plays it damn well.

SUBMIT REVIEW

    Trailer

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

    FILTER BY TYPE

    More Info About This Movie

    Themes

    Military & War