Hamburger Hill

1987

Action / Drama / History / Thriller / War

37
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 73%
IMDb Rating 6.7 10 20729

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Cast

Dylan McDermott as Sgt. Adam Frantz
Don Cheadle as Pvt. Johnny Washburn
Steven Weber as Sfc. Dennis Worcester
Courtney B. Vance as Spc. Abraham 'Doc' Johnson
1080p.BLU
1.64 GB
1920*1080
English
NR
23.976 fps
1hr 50 min
P/S 8 / 33

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Reviewed by cinemajesty 7 / 10

War Knows No Winners

Movie Review: "Hamburger Hill" (1987)

Alongside with "Apocalypse Now" (1979), "Platoon" (1986), "Full Metal Jacket" (1987) comes this underrated Vietnam-War-Movie directed by John Irvin, who gives some diverse never-seen beats of stripping-human-spirits in well-placed one shot character monologues with his newly-acquired bunch of U.S. army 187th infantry of the 3rd Battalion, including mesmerizing portrayals by actors Dylan McDermott and into warzone-backgrounds diving Don Cheadle as Private Johnny Washburn with non-stop conflicted action scenes in fire, smoke and burning earth in ultra-violent scenarios of war shaping into a recommendable motion picture war experience distributed by Paramount Pictures presenting "Hamburger Hill" in Summer 1987 to tell the story of the title-given forest clearing somewhere in the South-East Asian jungles of no means, when for ten straight days this legendary platoon, written and produced by hands-on-experience Vietnam War veteran James Carabatsos, who had moves into film-making endeavors as screenwriter for Clint Eastwood's "Heartbreak Ridge" (1986), getting his war memories / feelings visually-restored in full- frontal cinematography by Peter MacDonald, known for directing massive-bodies-counting "Rambo III" in season 1987/1988, when "Hamburger Hill" is able to reach the Top 5 of the best Vietnam-War-Movies ever made.

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Reviewed by BA_Harrison 8 / 10

Destruction of men in their prime.

In the mid-to-late '80s, America finally came to terms with the Vietnam War, exorcising their demons via popular culture. On TV, we had Vietnam veterans The A-Team coming to the rescue of the needy. On the radio, Paul Hardcastle told us that the average age was 'n-n-n-n-nineteen', while Stan Ridgeway recounted the story of an awfully big marine. In the cinemas, Chuck Norris was Missing In Action, Rambo asked 'Do we get to win this time?', Tom Cruise was Born on the Fourth of July, Robin Williams was screeching 'Good Morning', Michael J. Fox suffered the Casualties of War, and Kubrick's jacket was of the full metal variety. Oliver Stone's Vietnam film Platoon even cleaned up at the Oscars, winning four awards, including Best Picture.

It's understandable that Hamburger Hill, with its cast of relative unknowns and second-tier director, didn't receive quite as much attention as the aforementioned heavy-hitters, but if you're serious about war movies, don't let the lack of any big names put you off: the film is just as worthy of praise as Platoon, if not more-so, the green cast only adding to the film's already palpable authenticity. Shot in the thick jungles and even thicker mud of the Phillipines, the film tells of one of the most costly battles of the Vietnam War, the fight for Hill 937 in the Ashau Valley, known to grunts as Hamburger Hill. Director John Irvin's aim is to capture the horrors of war in all their bloody detail, and the sense of realism he achieves is remarkable: when his characters die, they don't throw their arms up in slow motion to the strains of Adagio for Strings… they do so in a sudden welter of gore, hammering home the notion that war is hell.

By the end of Hamburger Hill, the viewer is left as emotionally drained as its surviving characters are physically exhausted.

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 8 / 10

Worthy story of forgotten men in a dirty war

HAMBURGER HILL is one of those guys-on-a-mission movies that details the life and death of a squad of soldiers assigned with capturing the notorious hill of the title during the Vietnam War. Unlike the other classic Vietnam films of the decade, like Oliver Stone's PLATOON, this one is rarely heard about today which is a shame as it's one of the very best. The whole point of this film is just to 'show how it is', so those looking for deep story lines or character arcs should go elsewhere. In essence, we see a bunch of guys battling it out in horrendous conditions and arguing, fighting and bonding at other times. It's one of the most realistic Vietnam films out there and also one of the grittiest.

As with the real war, death is just around the corner in this film and many of the young soldiers have no idea what's coming. The action sequences are quite sporadic until the extended climax, which really is hellish to watch. The bloodshed is shown in unflinching detail in a style that reminded me of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN: no glamorisation here, just bodies being mown down by machine guns and limbs being blown off. It's hard to take, but then that's how it was.

The cast members are fine and it's unsurprising that many went on to find further careers in Tinseltown. Dylan McDermott, Courtney B. Vance. and Steven Weber are the ones I singled out for special mention, as they have probably the best characterisation here, but nobody puts a foot wrong. Some of the most moving parts are those where the soldiers talk about the negative reaction they face back home in the US, which makes you really feel for their plight. This is a worthy story of forgotten men in a dirty war and the hell on earth they faced there.

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