This is the rare Lent were there will be seven movies (maybe I was skipping the first Friday before?), so we kind of have a bonus one. Tonight is the bonus film. It’s the war movie that I’ve never seen, based on a book I cursorily looked over back when I was in the Marines.
My aunt had sent me a copy for my birthday, but never really read it. That would be We Were Soldiers Once…and Young: Ia Drang – The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam by Lt. Gen Harold G. Moore (USA) with help from Joseph L.Galloway. Lt. Gen. Moore is still alive today, at age 91.
I was reminded of his story recently when Leah Libresco and Mark Shea shared posts referencing this article about friendships and bonds that form between enemy combatants. Tissues required. General Moore went back to Vietnam a few times and a friendship was instantly kindled with the enemy soldier who we’ll learn more about in this film, Lt. Col Nguyen Huu An.
I’ll warn folks now that it is rated R for violence. Take a look at the trailer,
Here’s a partial list of the cast,
- Mel Gibson as Lieutenant Colonel Hal Moore
- Madeleine Stowe as Julia Moore
- Greg Kinnear as Major Bruce “Snakeshit” Crandall
- Sam Elliott as Sergeant Major Basil L. Plumley
- Chris Klein as 2nd Lieutenant Jack Geoghegan
- Luke Benward as David Moore
- Taylor Momsen as Julie Moore
- Devon Werkheiser as Steve Moore
- Keri Russell as Barbara Geoghegan
- Barry Pepper as Joe Galloway
- Mark McCracken as Ed “Too Tall” Freeman
- Don Duong as Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Huu An
- Ryan Hurst as Sergeant Ernie Savage
So we have God and country, soldiers, families, and the honor, and horror of war. There will be death, loss, and battle scars. But there may be fruitful lessons for us to reflect upon too.
Dinner was simple tonight: vegetarian lasagne, garlic italian bread, and a beer. We’re going to crank up the film (streaming on Netflix), maybe take a break will UCLA plays Minnesota in the NCAA Basketball Tournament, then continue on. Feel free to join us, but remember to silence your cell phones.