Hamburger Hill 1999

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The men of Bravo Company are facing a battle that's all uphill up Hamburger Hill. Fourteen war-weary soldiers are battling for a mud-covered mound of earth so named because it chews up soldiers like chopped meat. They are fighting for their country, their fellow soldiers and their lives. War is hell, but this is worse. Hamburger Hill tells it the way it was, the way it really was.

Starring:
Anthony Barrile, Don Cheadle
Runtime:
1 hour 49 minutes

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Hamburger Hill

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama, Action & Adventure
Director John Irvin
Starring Anthony Barrile, Don Cheadle
Supporting actors Dylan McDermott, Daniel O'Shea, Steven Weber, Tim Quill, Michael Dolan, Don James
Studio Lionsgate
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By J. Bennett on 13 Aug 2000
Format: VHS Tape
What the Empire review fails to mention is that this film is at least based on a true story which adds reality to this gritty tale.
Marvelously directed, the film opens on the Vietnam Veteran's Wall in Washington, DC to the strains of Philip Glass's excellent and chilling musical score. The names on the Wall blend to become the elephant grass of South Vietnam where the 101st are pinned down and in the process of pulling back.
We soon meet the new recruits, the cherries, the FNGs, as they are taken into the squad of Sgt Franz. We stay with this squad as they face their fears and address their heroism on the slopes of Hill 937 in the Ashau Valley.
Granted, the story is not the most imaginative: men go up hill and get shot, but it is not just the story that makes the film. The excellent direction, music and strong acting of the then mostly unknown actors merge to offer us 90 minutes of some of the most gory war pictures seen.
It is sad that this film was released so soon after Platoon as it never received the praise it deserved - perhaps the reviewers were not yet ready for such excellence?
This film is so good that my first copy wore out. I can give it no better recommendation than that. JB
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mikeyr101 on 6 Sep 2004
Format: DVD
If you're reading this review, chances are you've seen the bigger 'Nam movies... "Platoon", "Apocalypse Now", or maybe "We were Soldiers". I'm not a Kubrick fan so I won't mention "that other one"... These were all decent films in their own right, but there's one that stands head and shoulders above them all. And that's John Irvin's seminal classic, "Hamburger Hill".
Its timing was unlucky, its budget was low and it had precious little star content, with no real Hollywood talent in it at all. Maybe that's what made this work so well. What it does is *keep everything low key*. There aren't really any outstanding stills to grab from the film, no crowning scene that'll idolise it in film history. There's no brazen theme blaring out through your speaker systems. There's no classic lines, artistic shots or tear-jerking scenes at all. In fact, it makes the whole thing, the whole squad look so... boring, tired and sometimes even pathetic that it feels like it's got to be real. If a guy gets hit and horribly injured there's no violin music, no close reaction shots of characters' horror (ok, only once but that's because he looked like he was about to be sick).
At only a hundred and five minutes it's fairly short, but it often feels longer when you watch it straight through, and that's exactly what Irvin must have been aiming for. You're just watching these grunts swear at each other, moan about the s**t they've gotten into, and die in a pathetic and bloody heap in some water-filled mudhole. It becomes a ponderous meat grinder and almost as soon as you actually start to give a damn about any of the squad they get shot to bits or blown up. You begin to wonder if anyone will survive it at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Baz #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME on 18 Dec 2014
Format: DVD
No question Hamburger Hill was somewhat overshadowed by Oliver Stone's Platoon mostly down to the time of release, but this film is quite unique in it's own right and deserves some praise for it's gritty lifelike feel and solid performances. Both films share some common ground in that neither pull their punches in terms of trying to deliver a production that is devoid of the common "flag waving" glamorised productions of the Vietnam conflict. This is war and it's not pretty, graphic and likely a lot closer to what went on.

The film centres around the Battle of Hamburger Hill which took place in May 1969, an intense and difficult assault on a well fortified NVA position which required a lot more effort than initially thought, it's a good choice for a film about the conflict.

The cast is less well known though Don Cheadle is here as are Steven Weber and Dylan McDermott. Performances are very strong though despite lacking some of the bigger known names at the time of filming. This story concentrates on a platoon of the 101st Airborne Division but with the many of the platoon members "FNG" which I can't literally describe due to the F word, but it means "new guy" or "green" The reinforcements are new members with no real combat experience and are soon shaken with the grim conditions and difficult battle ahead of them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By robert stirling TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 April 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I would rank this film with Platoon,Full Metal Jacket and The Deerhunter in the Vietnam war catagory.
HH works very well despite the absence of any major stars or big name directors.A terrific effort was put in by all concerned to portray the grim reality of this episode of the war,namely the attack on Hill 937 by the 101st airborne.
It is violent and doesn"t hold back showing the sheer cruelty of conflict between men driven to their limits in their desire to survive the carnage of this battle.
I would also recommend When Trumpets Fade [DVD] [2000] (sometimes known as HH 2) also directed by John Irvin,which deals with a lesser known action during WW2.
But if you are looking for a gritty,well acted and thoughtful film about the Vietnam war this is a good example.Recommended.
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