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Hamburger Hill 1999

Amazon Video

(83) IMDb 6.7/10
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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.

Anthony Barrile, Michael Boatman
1 hour, 49 minutes

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Genres Military & War, Drama, Action & Adventure
Director John Irvin
Starring Anthony Barrile, Michael Boatman
Supporting actors Don Cheadle, Michael Dolan, Don James, Dylan McDermott, Michael A. Nickles, Harry O'Reilly, Daniel O'Shea, Tim Quill, Tommy Swerdlow, Courtney B. Vance, Steven Weber, Tegan West, Kieu Chinh, Doug Goodman, J.C. Palmore, J.D. Van Sickle, Brad Cassini, Berto Spoor
Studio Lionsgate
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman/and/movie-fan' TOP 100 REVIEWER on 13 April 2014
Format: Blu-ray
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 fourteen members of the 101st Airborne division
led by 'Sergeant Adam Frantz',
On the 10th May 1969 the squad are dropped off by helicopters in the A-Shau Valley,
their mission, to fight their way through the dense terrain to join the
assault on Hill 947 where the 'North Vietnamese' were dug-in holding an
advantageous position at the top of the hill.
The hill was to take many lives from both sides, including many of the squad
members led by 'Sergeant Frantz' as they battle their way up and down the
muddy slopes of 'Hamburger Hill'
A hill 'Senator Kennedy' was reported to have said couldn't be taken.
The costly battle took ten long days.
The film depicts the bloody and harsh reality's of war in this no-holds barred
account of the battle for the hill.
Some 'grainy' sequences with picture quality, however, overall a decent 'H.D'
upgrade for the '1987' movie.
Features :-
* Hamburger Hill - The appearance of reality.
* Medics in Vietnam.
* Vietnam War - Timeline.
* Audio Commentary with writer/ producer 'Jim Carabatsos' and Actors 'Anthony
Barrile' and 'Daniel O'Shea'
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23 of 26 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Morgan TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Oct. 2015
Format: DVD
I didn't 'get' this film when I first saw it on release, until the scene where a soldier is in danger of breaking down during fierce bombardment and his buddy repeats "It don't mean a thing," in order to hold him psychologically together. The irony is, of course, that the futile attempt to take the hill doesn't [i.e. mean a thing tactically or strategically], but in a nice ambiguity that's not what the soldier means, which is closer to the Hindu motto that "This Too Shall Pass." This scene seemed intensely real, this touched me; helping me see that 'Hamburger Hill' is an attempt to depict war as war, with the butcher's shop look of flesh mixed in the Asian earth; men broken and dead and the rest damaged. As many have remarked, war is mainly about enduring long stretches of inaction and boredom punctuated with short spasms of bloody action. Thus the beginning, middle, end structure, the shaping into story of events betrays what are in fact usually chaotic matters, more remarkable for NOT holding to a neat shape, they are not elegant narratives. It's a film of pain and gore, of pointless bravery and undeserved breakdown; it's a tribute to all who fought in War.......and worth remembering what cost some 55,000 American lives cost the Vietnamese more like 3 million. War can seem glorious; this film shows that is usually a lie; a droll truth that it's only very loosely based on real events. A bracing, instructive film and far closer to war than the glossier, shapelier 'Platoon', 'Full Metal Jacket' and 'Apocalypse Now' which are stylish viewing......but war isn't stylish to look at or to be in. Go tell it to the Marines, indeed..........
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 May 2015
Format: DVD
Unfairly forgotten and left in the slipstream of critical darlings Platoon and Full Metal Jacket, Hamburger Hill can proudly fly its own worthwhile flag. There's nothing preachy or political here, director John Irvin and writer James Carabatsos approach the subject with a refreshing humane honesty, making us viewers privy to the American soldiers mindset as they cope with life in Vietnam before an assault on some turd pile strategic hill, a battle that the survivors of that particular bloody conflict would call Hamburger Hill.

No matter what one feels about the war, the politics of such etc, the fact that quite often Vietnam films zoom in on the misdemeanours and egotistical sides of the American presence in Vietnam, tends to detract from the bravery of men and boys who were doing the job their government decreed they should do. Hamburger Hill addresses this, proudly so. Pace is deliberate and literate, building up to the assault on Hill 937, with little slices of kinetic action inserted along the way to tantalise and torment in equal measure.

Not all the acting is smart, there's a cast of up and coming thesps on show that features some who have gone on to be "name" actors, while others that were out of their depth subsequently found a level more befitting their abilities. Yet this is also a cunning tactic in the film's favour, no stars needed here, young adult actors without baggage or headlines kind of feels appropriate for this portrayal of soldiers in an alien world, many of whom would lay their shattered bodies down in the mud at Hamburger Hill. 8/10
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