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I talk to polar bears....
on 21 September 2014
A Marine Colonel was dismissed because he wouldn't give up on his son who's MIA in Vietnam.
Nearly 10 years later, he obtains evidence of where he might be. So with financial backing from the father of another P.O.W. he recruits the men who served with his son.
With photos he obtained, he makes a replica of the camp, and they work out a rescue operation. When the government tries to stop them, their weapons are confiscated. So they have to find other weapons......
Hilarious from beginning to end, for all the wrong reasons, Uncommon Valor beat Rambo 2 by nearly two years for being one of the most overblown pieces of propaganda bigging up the vets in the eighties.
The first act and a half are pure filler, Hackman getting angry, sad, and other emotions, before recruiting his rag tag team of people with wonderful names.
But the real reason to watch this is because the moment we see the most fake looking bones ever committed to celluloid,the film goes bonkers, and it's really worth seeing for the last half an hour.
It might have been myself, but it appears that Hackman spouts only one line from this part of the film, Swayze gets really, I mean really, emotional when he kills someone, or sees someone die, the camera literally stays on him for the best part of ten seconds each time to show his sadness.
But when Tim Thomerson survives a helicopter explosion, he loses it, runs really fast to the river, and stops.
Randall 'Tex' Cobb is the comedy value here, and when he realises it, he uses his necklace to help his friends.
No prizes for guessing how a character called Blaster buys it, and all the POW's look like Klaus Kinski.
It's not a bad film by any means, it's just daft propaganda, telling the USA that it was okay that we didn't win, because Gene Hackman can still get out there and kick butt.