- 1 hr 52 min
Hamburger Hill is a moving war story set during the Vietnam War. It is about the battles and the strategies between the 101st Airborne Division "Screaming Eagles" and the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) over a specific area called Hamburger Hill or Hill 937. The movie also focuses on the brotherhood that soldiers form which last for a lifetime due to fighting, living, and enduring together in times of war. Five new replacements are sent to Vietnam to fill in for other soldiers. Beletsky (Tim Quill) who is always worrying that he will forget what he was trained in. Languilli (Anthony Barrile)is very sensitive in the pronunciation of his name. The other three replacements Washburn (Don Cheadle), Bienstock (Tommy Swerdlow), and Galvan (Michael Nickles)are the most silent, but show potential. The replacements are placed under a no nonsense Sergeant, Frantz (Dylan McDermott). His job is to teach the replacements how to stay alive and making sure they are performing their duties. Some of their duties included filling sandbags, building bunkers, and fighting the NVA. Discrimination, hardships that soldiers endure with their loved ones back home and the loss of fellow soldiers are just few of the many subjects the movie touches on. Infidelity, loss of family, and being disgrace by the media is just scratching the surface of what these soldiers share with one another. Galvan is killed when the unit is hit by enemy fire. It is clear that the NVA has a good hold on the hill with their advantages of dug in positions, having the high ground, and being well established on the hill. These were the obstacles that the unit was faced with. The other obstacle was the rain and the mud. Since having to go up hill to try and fight, the mud makes everyone slip and slide. Through tireless effort, the unit finally captures the hill, but not without causality. Beinstock and Languilli are killed. Out of the five original replacements only Washburn and Beletsky make it out alive.