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Hamburger Hill [DVD] [1987]

Anthony Barrile , Michael Patrick Boatman , John Irvin    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Anthony Barrile, Michael Patrick Boatman, Don Cheadle, Michael Dolan, Tegan West
  • Directors: John Irvin
  • Producers: Jim Carabatsos, Marcia Nasatir
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. UK Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Sep 2007
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H8RW6K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,223 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Because Hamburger Hill was released less than a year after Oliver Stone's Platoon and within months of Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket, this exceptionally well-made film about one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War was largely overshadowed and overlooked. It's a pity, because in some respects this is the best of the Vietnam films of the late 1980s, at least in terms of the everyday authenticity it depicts. Stripped clean of dramatically extraneous narrative, the movie opts instead for a straightforward approach to its day-by-day account of one of the war's costliest victories--a deadly siege on Hill 937 in the Ashau Valley, where soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division engaged the enemy over the course of 11 brutal assaults between May 10 and May 20, 1969. The film specifically follows the 3rd Squad, 1st Platoon, a mixture of "new guys" and battle-weary "short-timers" who fought against terrifying odds and suffered a 70 per cent casualty rate. From first scene to last, Hamburger Hill traces the rise and fall of their battle experience, from the horror of fire-fights to the camaraderie of men who've faced death and survived. Racial tensions flare and subside, trusts are established and courage emerges from unexpected places. Through it all, writer Jim Carabatsos and director John Irvin maintain a purity of focus that pays tribute to the soldier's life without promoting false patriotism or gung-ho theatrics. In addition, the film features a cast full of talented and well-known actors in the early stages of their careers, including Dylan McDermott and Don Cheadle (Devil in a Blue Dress, Boogie Nights). Colour accuracy, image clarity and the explosive soundtrack have been remarkably preserved in a flawless DVD transfer, lending even greater immediacy to this underrated film. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

Product Description

Fictionalised account of the battle to secure Hill 937 (aka Hamburger Hill), an objective which resulted in one of the bloodiest conflicts of the Vietnam War. Focusing on the exploits of 3rd Squad, 1st Platoon, Bravo Company of the 101st Airborne Division, it shows the extreme duress suffered by the soldiers involved, as they do their best to win a pointless prize in a war being fought without popular support and which - like the attempt to secure the hill itself - is destined to end in failure. Written by John Carabatsos, who himself served with the 1st Air Cavalry in 1968-69.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Far better than how the "experts" review it 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Blood, Mud and Mutilation ... with no frills 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Dazman
Format:DVD
People always go on about Platoon being such a great film, whilst I like the film, Hamburger Hill is even better as far as I'm concerned.

The action feels and looks very real, everyone puts in good solid performances, it deals with the moral issue of war constructively and very well, we get to know some of characters and see them attempting to deal with the issue of war as well as their personal issues too.

There's a nice bit of action, some of the scenes are brutal as is the nature of war, people are killed, maimed and just plain wiped off the face of the Earth with barely a trace of them left, but there also some lighthearted moments too so it's not a constant action, action, action film, but moves at a good pace throughout.

Overall an excellent film and well worth picking up, I've had this film for a long time now and can watch it time and time again (and do).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grim, with very few frills attached. 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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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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Format:DVD
it focused more on real life personal issues in a war situation. Issues such as race, family and military rank were raised in this film but you realised that they became less of an issue as the soldiers learnt how to work together as a team regardless of personal vendettas. Whilst the voilence in both Platoon and Full Metal Jacket was horrific to say the least, Hamburger Hill focused more on the camaraderie that grew between the troops, making it firstly more interesting, and secondly more lifelike. It was the type of film that made you sad when someone died, but it also made you think about the grim reality of war, and moreover the stupidity of the battle these men were fighting. There are some really memorable charachters who made me laugh in places. 'Doc' the Medic comes to mind as a charachter who was a truly professional soldier but could see also see the bigger picture and make light of his dire situation. All in all a very thought-provoking and deep film that moves away from the conventional formula of military styled films especially of the Vietnam genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a1 supplier. fast, value, cantbcomplain.
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Published 8 days ago by N igel Daly
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Published 10 days ago by madmax
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic war film and would recommend it
Published 1 month ago by Daniel Scullion
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
this dvd was watchable I liked it
Published 2 months ago by Robert Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best of the 1980's Vietnam films
Published 2 months ago by Mark William
5.0 out of 5 stars very descriptive as far the vietnam war goes.
i chose this rating because i,de seen it a long time ago on vhs and really enjoyed and had to get it when i seen it on dvd.
Published 5 months ago by Michael McCarville
5.0 out of 5 stars 'A GRITTY AND DRAMATIC ACCOUNT OF THE 10 DAY BATTLE'
The film is based on real events depicting the battle to take 'Hill' 947 in the
A-Shau Valley, the hill became known as 'Hamburger Hill'
The film follows the fortunes of... Read more
Published 5 months ago by rbmusicman
5.0 out of 5 stars war at its worst
this vietnam film is utterly brilliant it is raw,gritty and full of the horrors of war.almost as good as platoon
Published 7 months ago by doom
5.0 out of 5 stars A great war movie
Not as celebrated as Full Metal Jacket and Platoon, but definitely their equal. And the special feature on making the movie was superb.
Published 9 months ago by Cuddlepie
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a Mac(ie) D insight.
Amongst the catalogue of Vietnam war films being churned out at this particular time, this was the least popular. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Rick
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