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We Were Soldiers
ID:
2002
Comments:
Director: Randall Wallace
Screenplay: Joseph L. Galloway
Producer: Eveleen Bandy
Cast: Mel Gibson, Madeleine Stowe, Greg Kinnear, Sam Elliott, Chris Klein
Genre: Action & Adventure

Running Time: 138
Aspect Ratio:  1.85:1 (NTSC )
Sound: THX
Subtitles: English
Features:
Studio:  Paramount DVD Region:  1 R
DVD Release:  Aug 2002 Discs:  1 (Cloud) [$12.98]
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Reviews:  There is a lot of foul language both blasphemous and vulgar. Why? I know they said it and still say it in the battlefield; and I know certain names of people, or the nick-names, have foul words in them and I am not talking about that. Shouldn’t our ears be shielded from the repeated and repeated foul words? Doesn’t Scripture say anything about that?

“Nor should there be obscenity,
foolish talk or coarse joking,
which are out of place...”
Ephesians 5:4

I think so. Why didn’t the filmmaker who brought us “The Passion,” Mel Gibson know that? Okay, he is a Roman Catholic of the more traditional service. But still from my perpective and what I feel to be Scriptural Mel should have known better despite the director Randall Wallace insisting that it get put in there.

Did “The Great Escape” ever do that? How about “The Bridge on the River Kwai,” “The Guns of Navrone,” or even “Lawrence of Arabia"? Did such language exist in WW2 or earlier? Yes it did but you didn’t suffer under the films did you?

No. Then why do we allow such foul words be said? The movie industry demands it? Or do we demand it? We, the movie going public, demand it and look at all the foul words we have here on a daily basis!

Still it is a good film if you can get past the foul language.

We were husbands? Yes, they accomplished that in the film. I was most struck by their wives delivering the telegrams stating that their husbands were dead. My heart was sad. We were fathers? Yes. We were soldiers? Most definitely. Even faith has a stay in this film. (Of course it is a Roman Catholic faith with heavy dependance on Mary, but I think my ears are so sensitive to the use of Mary I am surprised that she gets mentioned by my clan at all, such is my background in Baptist and Presbyterian talk. Yes, I think they mention her name a lot, but when you come to a horrible battlefield with death all around you who gets mentioned? God and His Son Jesus Christ!).

Is this a good film? Is this a better film? I think, despite the foul words, it is probably the finest film that was ever made. It made you feel good about Americans. It even let you feel good about the Viet-con though they were heathen enemy. The Americans though had better equipment and a better reason to fight. The American Nation was a Christian nation fighting against the heathen. But both sides received casualities, both received there dead.

They fought and died not for county or their flag. They fought and died for each other. Oh, so true!

That is what I think. Do you?


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