Hamburger Hill


John Irvin's 1987 'Nam-dram finds a US Airborne Division (which counts among its number a young Don Cheadle) stationed in Vietnam with orders to attack and capture the hill of the title. The staple conventions of the genre are all present and correct: '60s soul classics, moving letters from loved ones, grimly authentic battle scenes and a seemingly pointless objective. Where the film differs from the norm, though, is in its focus on racial tensions within the camp, and the growing suspicion among the boys that their hellish plight is being largely ignored back home.

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