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Old 02-21-2009, 10:04 PM   #1
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Taking Chance on HBO, OAD: 2/21/2009 *spoilers*

I sat and watched it live, or almost live, as it premiered tonite on HBO. When they want to, HBO can definitely still do a great job with the original films, though given the subject matter this was one that they really couldn't afford to screw up on.

By the end my eyes had bothered me several times, and my throat had felt a few lumps. As my wife and I both said to each other, it's hard to remember how many times and how many people have been affected in the ways depicted in the film. As much as we try not to let the troops that serve be out of our minds, if we let ourselves dwell on such things it'd be awfully difficult not to be in a constant state of depression.
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Old 02-22-2009, 11:33 AM   #2
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I saw this at Sundance last month. There wasn't a dry eye in the theater. I really enjoyed how this film, which could have been politicized, wasn't. They just made a solid movie about the care, respect and thought that goes into bringing our fallen soldiers home.
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Old 02-22-2009, 04:36 PM   #3
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I saw this at Sundance last month. There wasn't a dry eye in the theater. I really enjoyed how this film, which could have been politicized, wasn't. They just made a solid movie about the care, respect and thought that goes into bringing our fallen soldiers home.
Most definitely a-political, and as you said, it could have gone completely differently.


For anyone that missed it, this should repeat on Tuesday and a few times throughout the week. Definitely worth catching if you get HBO.
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Old 02-22-2009, 05:10 PM   #4
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I really enjoyed it. I had read the article a few years back and when I saw ad for HBO I didnt immediately connect the two.

The thing I couldnt help thinking about it is how would that journey be for an escort today, 5 years into the war. Would it impact the people along the way in the same ways? I doubt it.
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Old 02-22-2009, 06:03 PM   #5
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My father was Army so the whole topic really hits home. I know way too many people from this conflict and earlier ones who have had that trip.

I found my house to be remarkably dusty last night.
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Old 02-22-2009, 06:07 PM   #6
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I really enjoyed it. I had read the article a few years back and when I saw ad for HBO I didnt immediately connect the two.

The thing I couldnt help thinking about it is how would that journey be for an escort today, 5 years into the war. Would it impact the people along the way in the same ways? I doubt it.
I kind of wonder the same thing, and think you're about right. Over time the impact and effect on everyone, especially civilians, is lessened. Not that anyone would be disrespectful, but I just doubt that many would be as touched as they would have been back in the earlier days of the wars.

That said, the events depicted in Taking Chance were from the 2004 time frame. Several years into both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and with (not trying to go political here, but I'll use the word 'political' for just a second) the political environment not terribly friendly and/or not necessarily supportive of the efforts in Iraq. Back then the surge wasn't yet coming and there was much discontent between military leaders in the field and those back in the states. That was touched on just a little in the film, but if you go beyond that we had candidates that were promising to wrap up things in Iraq quickly vs. the status quo which a lot of people felt wasn't going well.

I'd like to think that people haven't forgotten any of the efforts that are going on, or the sacrifices that have been made and continue to be made, and I'd note that we are no where near where we had been back in the Vietnam era. Hopefully we'll never see that sort of discourse again, and never see the bad treatment that many of our armed service members faced back then ever come to pass again.
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Old 02-23-2009, 08:52 AM   #7
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Very well done. Anyone with HBO should watch it. And if you don't have HBO, rent the DVD when it comes out.
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Old 02-23-2009, 09:14 AM   #8
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I really enjoyed it. I had read the article a few years back and when I saw ad for HBO I didnt immediately connect the two.

The thing I couldnt help thinking about it is how would that journey be for an escort today, 5 years into the war. Would it impact the people along the way in the same ways? I doubt it.
I doubt that. I don't think you ever become immune to the immediate aspects of death. The overall numbers for sure get numbing but when you see it personally, that's something different. At least I hope that's true for others since I know it is for me. But the point is interesting. By April of 2004 we had lost about 500-600 men/women. Right now we're over 4000. It would be surprising if there were no change at all. At least the trend is heavily downward.
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Old 02-23-2009, 09:31 PM   #9
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Considering that this is on HBO, I was expecting it to have some political bent. I was pleasantly surprised. And quite moved.

I hope that HBO has a large audience for this film.

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Old 02-24-2009, 05:56 AM   #10
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I had heard about this movie ... but didn't schedule a recording. Over the weekend, I was flipping through the channels and saw a couple of minutes of it.

Thanks to my iPhone and TiVo's site, the next available recording was schedule, despite being a couple of hundred miles away from home.
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Old 02-24-2009, 02:06 PM   #11
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I watched it Sunday night and have just a few thoughts about it...

1. Absolutely best damn movie that I've seen in years.

2. Kevin Bacon should be highly considered for an Oscar in this role.

3. The politically neutral stance they maintained was amazing and very appreciated.

4. Writing and directing was amazing, as was acting by all.

It was a tough movie to watch but well worth it. Such an honorable way that they handled the story and just an incredible way of telling it. I came away from this movie proud of my brother (and sister) Americans, appreciative of our troops for fighting for us, and just overall impressed as hell with Kevin Bacon's dedication and efforts in portraying the main character. He did an outstanding job. Every look, every expression, every word. Just amazing.
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2. Kevin Bacon should be highly considered for an Oscar in this role.

Can't happen. It was never released in theaters. He'll have to settle for an Emmy.
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Can't happen. It was never released in theaters. He'll have to settle for an Emmy.
Good point, but such a shame.
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Old 02-24-2009, 08:22 PM   #14
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I found this to be very well done. I also caught the making of the movie and the circumstances behind it becoming a film. Lt. Col Stroebl was very concerned with how the family would react to the telling of this story and only did it after he received their permission.

The line about having to have long hair to be in a band cracked me up (during the ride from Dover to Philadelphia).
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Old 05-27-2012, 08:14 PM   #15
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Caught this on HBO, for the first time, today. I'd like to second everything retrodog said.

Everyone in my family, myself included, has served in the military. Even my mother. My father did two tours in Nam. I remember the climate here during that time, and how it affected my father when he returned.

I'd like to think that as a nation we have learned our lesson regarding the treatment of veterans returning from conflicts, regardless of our personal position on the conflict itself.

I'm so grateful that they just told the story and left the politics out.

I've always been proud of the men and women that serve in any branch of the Armed Forces. Movies like this help me to explain my feelings to those that don't share them.
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Old 05-28-2012, 06:46 AM   #16
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...I've always been proud of the men and women that serve in any branch of the Armed Forces....


My father served in WWII on an aircraft carrier in the south pacific, and I know others who served in several conflicts/wars. God bless them all...
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I watched it the first time around. Will have to search HBO for another airing, as I'd like to watch again. I agree that Bacon deserved an Emmy for his performance. He was magnificent. The story was outstanding.
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I just did a quick check and apparently there are only two more airings, today (5/28) at 3:30p CDT HBO and 6:30p CDT on HBOW.
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I've had this recorded for years and still haven't been able to watch it. The curse of being a military wife and being super emotional...
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Fantastic film.
A must see, IMO.
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:54 AM   #21
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I've had this recorded for years and still haven't been able to watch it. The curse of being a military wife and being super emotional...
You need to do the following things:

1. Get a gigantic box of Kleenex.
2. Lock yourself in a room
3. Watch the movie

It will be super tough for you to watch in its entirety, but it's one of those painful things that are good for you. Afterwards, your soul will feel better and a little more enriched.

I caught it again a couple of weeks ago and have got to say... it was just as compelling/moving as the first time I watched it a few years ago. I just re-read my earlier post and stand by it 100%. In addition, it just makes you feel damn proud to be a human and an American. Few movies can do that to this level.

ETA. This movie has no violence in it. It is all after-the-fact. It is not the type of movie that makes you worry about your friends and family in the military. It's the type of movie that makes you appreciate all those who have lost their lives. Please try to watch it and get back with us about what you think.
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You have to watch it.

It's become a tradition for Jack to watch it on Memorial Day. You've met him, not exactly the most demonstrative person in the world - this movie makes him cry, every time he watches it. Unabashedly, unashamedly, he doesn't give a damn. It's an /excellent/ movie, and you & Tom owe it to yourselves to give it a viewing. Every person in the US should watch this at least once in their lifetime.
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I've seen it a couple of times... loved it. (If you can love a movie like this)
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