Hamburger Hill (1987)
Front Cover Actor
Anthony Barrile Langulli
Michael Boatman Motown
Don Cheadle Washburn
Michael Dolan Murphy
Don James McDanile
Dylan McDermott Sgt. Frantz
M.A. Nickles Galvin
Harry O'Reilly Duffy
Daniel O'Shea Gaigin
Tim Quill Beletsky
Movie Details
Genre War
Director John Irvin
Studio Paramount
Language English
Audience Rating M
Run Time 104 mins
Country USA
Color Color
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 Ashua Valley. During the next 10 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 Jim Irvin deftly avoids the Hollywoodized slickness of such bigger-budgeted efforts as Apocalypse Now and The Deer Hunter. — Hal Erickson
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