You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Hamburger Hill

Well-produced and directd with an eye to documentary-like realism and authenticity, pic centers upon a military undertaking of familiar futility during the Vietnam War. It follows a squad of 14 recruits from initial R&R through 10 days' worth of hell, as the men make 11 agonizing assaults on a heavily fortified hill.

With:
Anthony Barrile Michael Patrick Boatman Don Cheadle Michael Dolan Don James Dylan McDermott

Well-produced and directd with an eye to documentary-like realism and authenticity, pic centers upon a military undertaking of familiar futility during the Vietnam War. It follows a squad of 14 recruits from initial R&R through 10 days’ worth of hell, as the men make 11 agonizing assaults on a heavily fortified hill.

First 40 minutes attempt to show the developing relationships among the guys, and screenwriter-coproducer Jim Carabatsos has been particularly attentive to delineating the tensions between the blacks and whites in the group.

More than an hour is devoted to the protected effort to scale the indistinguished piece of Vietnamese real estate of the title. As physically impressive as some of it is, the action also proves dispiriting and depressing, as the soldiers slide helplessly down the muddy slopes in the rain and are inevitably picked off by enemy gunfire.

Director John Irvin, who shot a documentary in Vietnam in 1969, the year the action takes place, makes fine use of the Philippines locations and the verisimilitude supplied by the production team.

Hamburger Hill

Production: RKO/Nasatir-Carabatsos/Interaccess. Dir John Irvin; Producer Marcia Nasatir, Jim Carabatsos, Larry De Waay; Screenplay Jim Carabatsos; Camera Peter MacDonald; Editor Peter Tanner; Music Philip Glass Art Dir Austen Spriggs

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1987. Running time: 110 MIN.

With: Anthony Barrile Michael Patrick Boatman Don Cheadle Michael Dolan Don James Dylan McDermott

More Film

  • Owen (CHRIS PRATT) with a baby

    What 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom's' Success Means for the Franchise's Future

    Well-produced and directd with an eye to documentary-like realism and authenticity, pic centers upon a military undertaking of familiar futility during the Vietnam War. It follows a squad of 14 recruits from initial R&R through 10 days’ worth of hell, as the men make 11 agonizing assaults on a heavily fortified hill. First 40 minutes […]

  • 'Burden,' 'Bathtubs Over Broadway' Take Top

    'Burden,' 'Bathtubs Over Broadway' Take Top Honors at Nantucket Film Festival

    Well-produced and directd with an eye to documentary-like realism and authenticity, pic centers upon a military undertaking of familiar futility during the Vietnam War. It follows a squad of 14 recruits from initial R&R through 10 days’ worth of hell, as the men make 11 agonizing assaults on a heavily fortified hill. First 40 minutes […]

  • Jamie FoxxBET Awards, Show, Los Angeles,

    2018 BET Awards: Kendrick Lamar Wins Big at Youth-Centered Show

    Well-produced and directd with an eye to documentary-like realism and authenticity, pic centers upon a military undertaking of familiar futility during the Vietnam War. It follows a squad of 14 recruits from initial R&R through 10 days’ worth of hell, as the men make 11 agonizing assaults on a heavily fortified hill. First 40 minutes […]

  • Japan Ramps Up International Film Co-Productions

    Japanese Film Makers Find Opportunities in International Co-Productions

    Well-produced and directd with an eye to documentary-like realism and authenticity, pic centers upon a military undertaking of familiar futility during the Vietnam War. It follows a squad of 14 recruits from initial R&R through 10 days’ worth of hell, as the men make 11 agonizing assaults on a heavily fortified hill. First 40 minutes […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content