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Hamburger Hill (1987)

A straightforward documentary-style account of bloody real-life Vietnam action.

A platoon from Bravo company of the 101st Airborne Division is ordered to take Hill 937 in the Ashau Valley, Vietnam, despite it being heavily defended by North Vietnamese army regulars.

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After ten days and 11 assaults, when everyone has been put through the meat grinder, the hill is renamed after America’s favourite fast food.

There is a distinct sense of ho-hum though, compared to the heightened realism or the overt surrealism that lifted such potentially ordinary ‘Nam epics as Apocalypse Now (1979), Platoon  (1986) or Full Metal Jacket (1987).

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That said, it is astonishingly well-made with a cast of unknowns and a British director bearing a residue of guilt from the times when he was filming war footage but could easily retreat to a comfortable hotel away from the guns.

Languilli
Anthony Barrile
Motown
Michael Boatman
Washburn
Don Cheadle
Murphy
Michael Dolan
McDaniel
Don James
Sergeant Frantz
Dylan McDermott
Galvan
M A Nickles
Duffy
Harry O’Reilly
Gaigin
Daniel O’Shea
Beletsky
Tim Quill
Bienstock
Tommy Swerdlow

Director
John Irvin

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