We Were Soldiers


2h 18m 2002

Brief Synopsis

A fact-based tale of men under fire, their common acts of uncommon valor, and their loyalty to and love for one another during one of the most savage military battles in U.S. history. On November 14, 1965, in the Ia Drang Valley of Vietnam, in a small clearing called Landing Zone X-Ray, Lieutenant Colonel Hal Moore and 400 troopers from the U.S. 7th Air Cavalry are surrounded by 2000 enemy soldiers in what would become the first, and perhaps the worst, major battle of the Vietnam War.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Action
Historical
War
Period
Adaptation
Release Date
2002
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures
Location
Fort Benning, Georgia, USA; California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 18m

Synopsis

A fact-based tale of men under fire, their common acts of uncommon valor, and their loyalty to and love for one another during one of the most savage military battles in U.S. history. On November 14, 1965, in the Ia Drang Valley of Vietnam, in a small clearing called Landing Zone X-Ray, Lieutenant Colonel Hal Moore and 400 troopers from the U.S. 7th Air Cavalry are surrounded by 2000 enemy soldiers in what would become the first, and perhaps the worst, major battle of the Vietnam War.

Crew

Thomas A. Curran

Grip

Emily Aaronson

Set Production Assistant

Pual Abatemarco

Effects Coordinator

Nancy Adams

3-D Artist

Lloyd Ahern Jr.

Director Of Photography

Coleen Aiello

Production Auditor

Mike Akins

Assistant Engineer

Antonio Almaraz

Costumes

Miles Anderson

Electrician

Francois Antoine

3-D Artist

Javier Arrieta

Costumes

Jane Aull

Makeup Artist

Brian L Aultman

Production Assistant

Frank Avanzo

Costumes

Randy Bahnsen

Visual Effects

Myron Baker

Costumes

James Balker

Costumes

Eveleen Bandy

Associate Producer

Paul F Barron

Grip

Steve Bartkowicz

Other

Lynn Basas

Digital Effects Supervisor

Douglas Beal

Other

Richard J Bell

Other

Heidi Bender

Other

Lon Bender

Sound Design

Bruce Benson

Pilot

Nancy Bernstein

Visual Effects

Matthew Bernsten

Set Production Assistant

Micah Bisagni

Camera

Stanley Blackwell

Special Effects

Tommy Blaize

Song Performer

Joel Blanchard

Special Effects

Terra Bliss-alvarez

Project Manager

Kirk Bloom

Camera Assistant

Cris Blyth

3-D Artist

Tim Boggs

Adr Editor

Steve Bowen

Color Timer

Kevin P. Boyd

Video Assist/Playback

Michael T Boyd

Costume Designer

Danny Boyer

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Tom Bristow

Visual Effects

Kaelee Brown

Set Production Assistant

Tucker Brown

Production Assistant

Weldon Brown

Adr Mixer

Todd Bryant

Stunts

Richard Bucher

Stunts

Bob Buckner

Visual Effects

Shannan Burkley

Visual Effects

Charley Bob Burnham

Transportation Coordinator

Matt Byrne

Stunts

Dick Caine

Visual Effects

Jerry G Callaway

Camera Operator

Stuart D Campbell

Camera Assistant

Mike Cassidy

Camera Assistant

Michael P Catanzarite

Grip

Cory Cate

Set Production Assistant

Mark Chadwick

Stunts

Renee Chamblin

Visual Effects

Michael Chavez

Camera Operator

Andy Cheng

Stunts

Elizabeth Clark

Costumes

Martin Clark

Software Engineer

Scott Cockerell

Props Assistant

Stan Cockerell

Assistant Property Master

Rob Cohen

Dolly Grip

Chip Colbert

Special Thanks To

Erin Colbert

Production Assistant

Charles S Colegrove

Camera Assistant

Matt Colleran

Other

Chad Collier

Other

Richard Colwell

Scenic Artist

Mark Connelly

Camera

Ronn Cooney

Grip

Tim Cooney

Sound

Tim Cooney

Sound Mixer

John Michael Courte

3-D Artist

Bruce P Crandall

Consultant

Thomas 'mike' Craven

Special Effects

Carmen Cuebello

Tailor

Steven Cueva

Camera Assistant

Mike Culp

Camera Operator

Hallie D'amore

Makeup Artist

Bruce Davey

Producer

C Marie Davis

Visual Effects

Robert Dawson

Titles

Sig De Miguel

Casting Associate

Mark Deallessandro

Stunts

Steven Dearth

Special Effects

Matt Di Franco

Assistant Production Coordinator

Steve Dirkes

Assistant Location Manager

John Disante

Other

Aaron Dorn

Project Manager

Daniel T. Dorrance

Art Director

Jason Doss

3-D Artist

Shawn Duchscherer

Electrician

Dominic Dugandzic

Special Effects

Thomas Dupont

Stunts

Adam Duthie

Assistant Editor

Scott Edelstein

3-D Artist

Gregg Edler

Production Supervisor

Doug Ednie

Electrician

Bob Eicholz

Visual Effects

Kiante Elam

Stunts

Kofi W. Elam

Stunts

Tyler Elliott

Assistant Location Manager

Victor Ennis

Assistant Sound Editor

Benjamin Epps

Assistant

Terry Erickson

Special Effects

Josh Ernstrom

Set Production Assistant

Jonathan Eusebio

Stunts

Eddie Evans

Grip

Mike Evans

Costumes

John Fagan

Special Effects

Michael Fedack

Grip

Liz Lang Fedrick

Casting

Eddie Fernandez

Stunts

Gary Ferrel

Pilot

Gary Fettis

Set Decorator

Gary Fettis

Set Designer

Marc Fishman

Rerecording

Nicholas S Fitzgerald

Production Assistant

Vincent Flaherty

Other

Carol Flaisher

Location Manager

Cliff Fleming

Other

Cory Fleming

Pilot

Kathy Leigh Fleming

Production Coordinator

Tim Fleming

Pilot

Paul Flinchbaugh

Assistant Sound Editor

Seth Fortin

Production Assistant

Daniel B Foster

On-Set Dresser

Danny Fowler

Electrician

Jeffrey Frink

Special Effects

Melissa Frye

Scenic Artist

Steve Galich

Special Effects Foreman

Sherry Gallarneau

Script Supervisor

Kirstin Gallo

Costumes

Joseph L Galloway

Consultant

Joseph L Galloway

Book As Source Material

Christopher G Garcia

Camera Assistant

Scott Garcia

Special Effects

Bryan Garofalo

Props Assistant

Jason Gary

Grip

James W Gavin

Pilot

Todd Gavin

Camera Assistant

Jim Gerlach

Pilot

Michael Gershman

Director Of Photography

Nerses Gezalyan

Foley Mixer

Thomas Gianelli

Stunts

Mel Gibson

Producer

Hector Gika

Sound Effects Editor

Lance Gilbert

Stunt Coordinator

Swen Gillberg

3-D Artist

Jim Gilson

Lighting Technician

Rick Glenn

On-Set Dresser

Nick Glennie-smith

Music

Nick Glennie-smith

Song

Nick Glennie-smith

Music Conductor

David Goldberg

Visual Effects Supervisor

Al Goto

Stunts

Allan Graf

Stunt Coordinator

Allan Graf

Unit Director

Kirk Greenberg

Grip

Tad Griffith

Stunts

Isobel Griffiths

Music Contractor

Al Guthery

Pilot

Ann Hadsell

Adr Mixer

Kacie Haggerty

Editor

Greg Hainer

Sound Effects Editor

Jeff Hale

Grip

Bruce Halstead

Other

Paul Hamacher

Dolly Grip

Dennis Hammermeister

Video Assist/Playback

Cate Hardman

Script Supervisor

Jessica Harris

Visual Effects

Isaac Hayes

Song

Jeremy Hays

Special Effects

Kim Heath

Grip

Jalyn Henton

Production Assistant

Robert "sarge" Hepburn

Medic

John Herndon

Other

Chuck Herrmann

Assistant Property Master

Michael Herron

Video Assist/Playback

Michael Hertlein

Dialogue Editor

Bryan Hill

On-Set Dresser

Pamela Hilse

Other

Steve Hinton

Pilot

Steven W Ho

Stunts

Debbie Holbrook

Costumes

Chris Holsey

Digital Effects Supervisor

William F Homann

Special Thanks To

Chuck Hosack

Stunts

Chris Howard

Art Department

Paul Howarth

Editor

William Hoy

Editor

William Hoy

Associate Producer

Jeffrey A. Humphreys

Other

William Iiams Sr.

Construction Coordinator

Yoshio Iizuka

Stunts

Garrett Immel

Makeup Artist

Ashley Irwin

Original Music

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Action
Historical
War
Period
Adaptation
Release Date
2002
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures
Location
Fort Benning, Georgia, USA; California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 18m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Spring March 1, 2002

Released in United States on Video August 20, 2002

After the Vietnam War, Rick Rescorla, one of the soldiers profiled in Moore and Galloway's book, was awarded the Silver Star for his bravery and leadership. In a tragic twist of fate, Recorla went on to become head of security at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and was killed during the collapse of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Began shooting March 5, 2001.

Completed shooting June 30, 2001.

Released in United States Spring March 1, 2002

Released in United States on Video August 20, 2002