Taking Chance

Taking Chance

DVD - 2009
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The remarkable true story of one soldier's death in battle, another soldier's journey of discovery and a nation's reverence and gratitude toward its war dead. After hearing of the heroic death of a young Marine in Iraq, veteran officer Lt. Colonel Michael Strobl volunteers to escort the remains of Lance Corporal Chance Phelps back to his hometown in Wyoming. As Strobl crosses America's heartland, he will find himself on an unexpectedly emotional journey into the soul of a country mourning not only Chance, but all of our country's fallen heroes.
Publisher: [New York, NY] : Home Box Office ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2009
ISBN: 9781419872525
1419872524
Branch Call Number: DVD Taking
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 78 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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jazzy4u
Aug 16, 2019

How many people in the world actually think about our soldiers who are fighting for freedom and dying so young - let alone actually praying for their endeavors and a safe trip home? I've seen this movie a few times and the significant portrayal of loyalty, honor, comradery, and love has given a brand new view of who and what we are at our highest level. When something is about to happen you aren't expecting it, and there it is, and then there it is again. Instead of making uncountable films depicting the shit we've done to one another, whether it happened during wars or just during every day life, these dumb 'A' script writers should make films about how great mankind is when he thinks higher than the flesh. All they know is violence. Who are these people? Why do we allow them to rule what we think, watch, and listen to? They give us trashy sex films, low life, low chemistry kind of thinking. Get rid of them by not supporting them in theatres and what you buy from the commercials that pay them...fax the co.'s and let them know you're boycotting their products.

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CaptainHecto
Jun 14, 2018

Is is possible to make a movie about patriotism that avoids flag-waving, self-glorifying nationalism - or worse, the meretricious 'shows' that the current American president puts on? Remarkably, this film comes close to finding a way. Though it veers towards sentimentality when we finally reach 'the homeland' in fly-over country, it generally succeeds in presenting patriotism as the admirable civic religion that existed in the Graeco-Roman world - and that is all to the good. Kevin Bacon is masterful in his wonderfully understated portrayal of a Marine colonel escorting the body of a Marine killed in Iraq back to his hometown. I was surprised by how much I liked this simple film - and by how much I learned from it as well.

This movie started out slow, and it seemed not to be very interesting. But, about a third of the way through, both my husband and I were glad we stuck with it. The movie was very touching, bringing tears a number of times. The movie showed the Very Respectful process that is employed when a Service Member dies. It was great to see the Patriotic reaction by all the people along the way. Overall, a Great movie.

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con03191509
Dec 12, 2017

Every citizen of the United States needs to view this video. It was the most moving, emotional and real thing I have ever seen.

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feralranger
Nov 09, 2017

Quiet and powerful film about the death of a soldier and how that soldier is honored in the smallest and most profound ways. It is the part of loss in the military that civilians may not even think about. The delivery of his body to his hometown, to his Family is so moving and so respectful I felt like I was there.
This felt more real to me then a hundred knee-jerk patriotism films that simply glorify war.
And Kevin Bacon's understated acting as the Marine Colonel was totally believable.
If you stay for the credits they display images of the real Chance Phelps as a boy and as the man taken too soon at age 19.

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RescueDog
May 31, 2017

Awesome. Powerful. Moving. Unforgettable.
After watching the movie, I noticed in the credits that the escort officer wrote the screenplay. That goes a long way to explain just why it was such so incredible.

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capshh
Feb 15, 2017

Every citizen of the United States needs to view this video. I also feel that our children (probably 12 and above) need to view the video. I had no idea how the process of returning our military to their final resting place was done. The honor that is afforded these men and women is huge and COMPLETELY APPROPIATE. We do owe them and their families this honor. The video is very moving. I actually ran the video a second time so that I did not miss anything. It is a very humbling to watch it.

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Nooksack20
Feb 13, 2017

Remarkably respectful and insightful presentation of one of the sadder parts of war. Very moving even for an old vet like me.

auntof3sjb Jun 21, 2014

It was a very moving movie. The process they go through to prepare the body for the family and viewing is amazing. From everyone involved, to the airplane staff and crew, to the people who clean everything, WOW! I never knew they clean the belongings like that! I never thought of it. God Bless!

CovingtonAdultLibs May 24, 2014

This is a touching and timely movie about two soldiers. A veteran officer who is based in the United States decides to escort the remains of a marine who died in Iraq back to his hometown. What follows is an intimate portrait of America at the beginning of the war as well as what happens to our soldiers after they make the ultimate sacrifice. Highly recommended, especially for Memorial Day viewing.

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