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Taking Chance

January 18, 2010

Scanning the Twitterverse last night, I came across some tweets talking about a movie called “Taking Chance” starring Kevin Bacon. Has anyone seen this movie or heard anything about it? This was the first mention I have heard about this movie. After investigating it further, it looks incredible and I applaud Kevin Bacon for taking such a role. It was a 2009 Sundance Film Festival selection and last night, Kevin Bacon took home a Golden Globe for his role in the movie. Based on the true story, here’s the synopsis from HBO’s website:

In April 2004, Lieutenant Colonel Michael Strobl, USMC, came across the name of 19-year-old Lance Corporal Chance Phelps, a young Marine who had been killed by hostile fire in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Strobl, a Desert Storm veteran with 17 years of military service, requested that he be assigned for military escort duty to accompany Chance’s remains to his family in Dubois, Wyo.

‘Taking Chance’ chronicles one of the silent, virtually unseen journeys that takes place every day across the country, bearing witness to the fallen and all those who, literally and figuratively, carry them home. A uniquely non-political film about the war in Iraq, the film pays tribute to all of the men and women who have given their lives in military service as well as their families.

I searched for it on my OnDemand and on the internet and can’t come up with a place to watch it online, so look for it at your local Blockbuster or order it on Netflix. It doesn’t look like HBO is re-playing it anytime soon, although now with the win by Bacon, they might re-consider.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. usmcwife8999 permalink
    January 18, 2010 6:52 PM

    This is a deeply moving and personal movie to me. I watched it with my husband and several other Marines and I can tell you, it is a hard movie to watch but a movie everyone should watch. I would suggest to anyone that has a loved one in harms way to wait for that loved one to return to you before watching.
    I have seen Marines and a Soldier laid to rest at their final duty station and seeing the road that they traveled to their loved ones makes it that more touching. HBO and Kevin Bacon and all involved have my thanks for a long time for bringing this to the American public.

  2. January 19, 2010 7:59 AM

    This is one of the most real movies out there in regards to our Troops. It is a hard one to watch and definitely invokes much emotion. EVERYONE should see this movie. For once, Hollywood didn’t glam up war and it’s aftermath. It was done in a respectful and much researched manner and it showed.

  3. January 19, 2010 9:23 AM

    It was a fantastic movie : VERY VERY VERY VERY moving and a true solider movie. I suggest it for anyone…although warning it can be …rather is a tear-jerker at times.

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