#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – A brutal and realistic war film focuses on the lives of a squad of 14 U.S. Army soldiers of B Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infanty Regiment, 101st Airborne Division during the brutal 10 day (May 11-20, 1969) battle for Hill 937 in the A Shau Valley of Vietnam as they try again and again to take the fortified hill held by the North Vietnamese, and the faults and casualties they take every time in which the battle was later dubbed “Hamburger Hill” because enemy fire was so fierce that the fusillade of bullets turned assaulting troops into shreded hamburger meat.
Plot: The men of Bravo Company are facing a battle that’s all uphill… up Hamburger Hill. Fourteen war-weary soldiers are battling for a mud-covered mound of earth so named because it chews up soldiers like chopped meat. They are fighting for their country, their fellow soldiers and their lives. War is hell, but this is worse. Hamburger Hill tells it the way it was, the way it really was. It’s a raw, gritty and totally unrelenting dramatic depiction of one of the fiercest battles of America’s bloodiest war. This happened. Hamburger Hill – war at its worst, men at their best.
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Realistic depiction at its artistic limit
Hamburger Hill is all too often compared cruelly (and unfairly) to Oliver Stone’s Platoon, a film that predates it by a single year and marked a return to Vietnam by American cinema, almost a decade after Cimino and Coppolla set the bar for celluloid commentary on the conflict. In following Platoon’s realistic approach as opposed to the stylised, more artistic nature of these earlier films, as well as Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket (another film Hamburger Hill was forced to compete with), John Irvin’s film was seen as an inferior copy and is not remembered alongside these aforementioned films as a definitive Vietnam War film.
In truth, Hamburger Hill deserves to stand apart from Platoon as having its own approach and method. Hamburger Hill outstrips any other Vietnam War film in its pursuit of realism, going beyond Stone’s fictionalised characters with their spiritual and ideological battles. It tells the true story of the bloody assault on Hill 937, from the perspective of a platoon of mostly new recruits (FNGs or F**king New Guys) lead by a core of experienced troops, headed by Dylan McDermott as the weary but passionate Sergeant Frantz. Irvin spends plenty of time letting us be introduced to the characters, their quirks, their cliques and their internal feuds before letting them see meaningful combat. As the film progresses, so does their relationship to each other and to the war they’re fighting.
Hamburger Hill’s god is resolutely in the details, and it in these details that most of the film’s best moments lie. The little scenes, lines and moments have the air of true anecdotes: often brief, insignificant moments in the larger picture yet they stick in the mind and add up to create a collage of impression. Hamburger Hill is probably the most realistic Vietnam film yet made, and the wealth of details give a sense that this film is the closest we’ve seen to actually being a soldier in Vietnam. There’s none of the involved psychological exploration of a single character like Apocalypse Now, none of Full Metal Jacket’s black humour and archly artificial dialogue and none of Platoon’s symbolic drama. The most important and impacting moments are always those of the actual conflict: from the headless corpse to the half-filled canteen to the agonising friendly fire scene.
Hamburger Hill is primarily a combat picture, concerned with the ugly vicissitudes of the battlefield and its impact on the people involved, and Irvin captures both the drama and the horror of combat effectively. The combat sequences are never short of either excitement, pathos or intensity. Off the battlefield, the film doesn’t have the philosophical meditation that gives Apocalypse Now its enduring resonance, but it is not completely without things to say. The film is utterly anti-war but at the same time pro-soldier: it celebrates the men who fought through the horrific conditions, showing us what they had to deal with, from the anti-war protesters at home who convince a soldier’s girlfriend to stop writing to him because it is “immoral” to the faceless Blackjack who conducts the bloodshed from afar and through the simple physical conditions they endured. Irvin’s message is that whatever your stance on the conflict, the men there deserve respect, particularly because almost none of them are there to consciously represent any moral or political position.
Hamburger Hill’s utilitarian design may prevent it from really being a cinematic classic, but the only chief complaint is that it is dramatically unsatisfying on occasions. The climax, in particular, does not feel suitably impacting compared to the violence that preceded it, and the film simply slows down to an end without any significant flourish. This, ultimately, is a product of its realism: the battle of Hamburger Hill did not have satisfying dramatic structure because it was a real event and Irvin deliberately maintains this reality right to the very end, an admirable gesture. Unfortunately, the director’s fulfilment of his own artistic manifesto comes at the sacrifice of audience satisfaction: Hamburger Hill is ultimately too realistic to reach the pinnacle of artistic accomplishment.
War is Heavy
More than a few Vietnam War movies were made in the 80’s. It seemed like some of those were dedicated to being a tribute to the soldiers that fought in that war. The movies weren’t trying to make them saints or heroes, just a means of showing them respect. The Vietnam War was wildly unpopular, as it should have been, but the soldiers didn’t start the war and many of them didn’t even ask to fight in it, they were just doing what they were told to do. Right or wrong, they were pawns on the chessboard.
Hamburger Hill was one such tributary movie. It largely followed the 3rd Squad, 1st Platoon, a group of men who were thwarted time and time again as they tried to take the hill dubbed Hamburger Hill. The hill itself may have been insignificant in the grand scheme of things but you wouldn’t know that watching the movie. Those men may have been a trifle in the big picture, but you wouldn’t know that watching the movie. They were men who had a horrible job that they paid dearly for while all they hoped for was to “get back to the world.”
There are very few war movies that are not jarring. I can watch one horror movie after the other, see death, dismemberment, pain and suffering and barely flinch. But with a war movie it is totally different. Those may be actors, but real people were killed in these wars-Americans and non-Americans. Both deaths cause me pain. My heart doesn’t rest easy at the deaths of non-Americans, particularly innocent people who have the grave misfortune of living in a warzone.
War movies are heavy. Hamburger Hill was heavy. So, if you plan on watching be prepared for a heavy heart.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 50 min (110 min)
Genre Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Director John Irvin
Writer James Carabatsos
Actors Anthony Barrile, Michael Boatman, Don Cheadle, Michael Dolan
Production Company RKO Pictures
Sound Mix Dolby
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arriflex Cameras
Laboratory Rank Film Laboratories, Denham, UK (processing), Technicolor, USA (prints)
Film Length 3,006 m (Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm