Sunday 14 November, 1965 at 10.48am, Lt. Col. Hal Moore (Mel Gibson) and his regiment of 400 men touch down at Landing Zone X-Ray in the la Drang Valley, a place in Vietnam known as "The Valley of Death". They find themselves surrounded by over 2,000 North Vietnamese soldiers and the ensuing battle becomes one of the most savage in US history.
How many good films have been made about the Vietnam war? Surely enough to put off most producers. This is a particularly human account and dwells on very emotional details. Mel Gibson is of course excellent in this role and wrings every drop of heart ache out of the pain of war. Some pretty graphic bloody bits. The friendly fire third degree burn shot is etched into my psyche. A real tear jerker.