Taking Chance

Taking Chance

DVD - 2009
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Follows Marine Lt. Col. Michael Strobl as he escorts the coffin carrying Lance Corporal Chance Phelps back to Phelps' hometown in Wyoming.
Publisher: New York, NY : HBO Home Video, c2009
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Performers: Kevin Bacon, Tom Aldredge, Blanche Baker, Nicholas Art, Tom Bloom.
Audience: TV rating: Not rated
Language Note: In English with optional English, French, Portuguese, or Spanish subtitles
Closed captioned
ISBN: 1419872524
UPC: 883929033065
Call Number: DVD T


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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mar 25, 2014

Very touching movie. I never knew how soldiers' remains were handled and returned to their families. This shows the great respect our country has for those who fell.

lovetheclassics Dec 16, 2012

@akirakato: I appreciated that you gave credit to this being a good movie and stating that you can see the value in honoring our soldiers, but then you got lost by slipping into anti-war, bad-Congress babble. I was waiting for the "Bush's fault" comment to come but thankfully, it didn't. While we're here in this life, there won't ever come a time of "no wars". War has been a part of human history since our beginnings, unfortunately.

I agree with the other comments ~ this is a must see movie. I rented it for the second time yesterday and glad I did. The first time I saw this I recall being a little underwhelmed. Now after viewing it again, I realize that it must have been the mood I was in or had preconceived ideas about the movie.

It might be considered to be slow to some viewers. I'd call it somber, restrained. And dignified. It definitely brings home the reality of sacrifice for your country. There was so much patriotism and respect exhibited by complete strangers as Chance's casket moved across country with Lt. Strobl guarding it all the way. I was brought to tears at more than one occasion during the movie.

Kevin Bacon really impressed me in this movie.

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