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5.0 out of 5 stars Uncommon Valour
A real tear jerker, yet a very human feeling to the whole film. Every parent would surely be able to relate to the feelings portrayed by the situation acted very well by that fine actor, Gene Hackman. Good support acting from Danny Glover.
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3.0 out of 5 stars mias rescue mission
quite entertaining tale about rescuing pows in laos
actually missions were mounted by bo gritz in real life
however they never were implemented due to various circumstances
a few americans did escape vietnamised captivity
one pilot in laos and a green beret in south vietnam
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4.0 out of 5 stars Back to Nam!, 2 Oct 2011
This review is from: Uncommon Valour Dvd [1983] (DVD)
Uncommon Valor has an excellent cast that includes Gene hackman, Fred ward and Patrick Swayze. It's a men on a mission film with similarities to The Dogs of War, Rambo:First Blood Part 2, Missing in Action and even the A-Team. I really enjoyed this movie and loved all the build up and right up to the action ending. The film looks good and is accompanied by a brilliant music score by James Horner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Little known film, 13 Aug 2011
This review is from: Uncommon Valour Dvd [1983] (DVD)
i have seen this film a few times since BBC1 showed it in the 80's and it's a really good one. Forget the politics and just take it for what it is, and that's a good film with an interesting plot and a good cast including a young Patrick Swayze. As a teen I found it as enjoyable as the more serious Vietnam films. Worth watching, look forward to seeing it again soon.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good film, 24 Oct 2005
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This review is from: Uncommon Valour Dvd [1983] (DVD)
ever since i saw this film back in the early nineties i have always enjoyed it (yes it was made in 1983 i saw the repeats on tv). the characters were played by good actors eg gene hackman, fred ward and patrick swayze. randal tex cobb always seems to play the same character in all his films not in a bad way as hes entertaining in this film. the action still manages to entertain especially the final sequence when they go into the prison camp. take away all the politics and treat it like a film and it is a good film. thats all it is a film and not a have a go at communism by the americans . some one thought the story would make a profit so they went ahead and made it anyone who sees more than whats in the film has some issues. so good film.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars worth seeing, 15 Jan 2004
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Chris Bradford (Essex, England United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
this film is unmissable for lovers of gore, violence and excitement. it is the typical sleep over film with every thing in it. the best thing, for me anyway, was its unpredictableness.
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3.0 out of 5 stars mias rescue mission, 23 Nov 2012
This review is from: Uncommon Valour Dvd [1983] (DVD)
quite entertaining tale about rescuing pows in laos
actually missions were mounted by bo gritz in real life
however they never were implemented due to various circumstances
a few americans did escape vietnamised captivity
one pilot in laos and a green beret in south vietnam
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 22 Aug 2014
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This review is from: Uncommon Valour Dvd [1983] (DVD)
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21 of 54 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rotten American Rubbish, 3 July 2004
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MR P MCGRANAGHAN (co tyrone United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Uncommon Valour Dvd [1983] (DVD)
Ever since the Vietnamese threw Uncle Sam out of their country the Yanks have found the taste of defeat difficult to bear. Hence they have invested an awful lot of money, not in compensating the Vietnamese, but in making dire films that portray the Americans as heroes in that war. 'Uncommon Valour' is just such a film. Whilst not harbouring the spaced-out sadism of 'Apocalypse Now' (although script-writer John Milius was involved in both), the self-pity of 'The Deer-hunter' or the thick-headed propaganda of 'The Green Berets', 'Uncommon Valour' is mined from the same vein of racist tripe that seeks to portray the Vietnamese as faceless killers and the Americans as unblemished heroes.
The story is simple. At the begining of the film we see soldiers being left behind as their troop zooms off in a helicopter. They are captured by the Viet Cong. After the war Gene Hackman, the father of one of the stranded soldiers, returns with a crew of Vietnam veterans, most of whom were on the helicopter at the start of the film, to rescue the two captives. Cue all kinds of macho mayhem as actors who look as though they've never seen a gun before lurch around killing the kind of oriental stereotypes that were popular in WWII anti-Japanese propaganda. There are, of course, 'good Vietnamese', who are enamoured with their American saviours and are happy to take a bullet for them. And there are heroic deaths as lunk-head Americans lay down their lives for their friends in an orgy of destruction. But these things, far from enobling what we're seeing, only serve to increase the acidity of the film as it gnaws away at your sensibilities.
The Americans have never made an honest film about their role in Vietnam. And I bet they never will either. 'Uncommon Valour' is just another reinforcement of the myth that the invaders were victims and that the people whose country they invaded somehow have no right to be there.
There is nothing to commend this film. The most notable actor - Gene Hackman - is one of the best and just why he turned up in this is a mystery. Perhaps he wanted to give action movies a go, who knows? But all we see is a superlative actor slumming it in the worst way. Doubtless it is fans of Hackman who will buy this. But they will be dissappointed. If you are a fan, and you do want to see a film with the great man in it, spend your hard-earned cash on something like 'The French Connection' or ... hell, any of his other films, all of which are much better than this. This film does not deserve your money or your time. It is an insult to the intelligence, is feeble and obnoxious and ought to be avoided like the plague.
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