We Were Soldiers

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  1. Mike McK

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    Last night, some friends and I went to see "We Were Soldiers".

    I was amazed. Other than "The Apostle" or "Tender Mercies", I can't remember the last time a Hollywood movie went this far out of it's way to portray Christians in a positive light.

    This is a movie in which the lead character studies the Bible, prays with his family and prays with and for his men on a regular basis.

    In one scene Mel Gibson's character, Lt. Col. Hal Moore steps into the base chapel to pray for his troops before they're deployed and runs into one of his men who expresses a lot of anxiety over not knowing what God's will for him is.

    Moore puts his hand on the young man's shoulder and says, "You can go to Him and ask Him. If you want to know what God's will for you is, let's ask Him" and leads him to the alter where they pray.

    Christians aren't mocked and God is treated reverently. Who would have seen this coming?

    Mike
     
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    My husband saw this film yesterday and had the same thoughts about it that you have. He was really glad to see so much prayer! He also tends to believe that Mel Gibson himself had a lot to do with that aspect of the film.
     
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    I like Mel Gibson, and think in the past few years he's made some better movies, hopefully he's gotten over the action move kill as many as you can type movies. I think he is much better then that.
    I has wanted to see this movie but was concerned about the R rating. After reading this I just might see it now.

    Why is that Miss Bobbie?
    Is Mel a christian? I don't think so, at least if he is I hadn't heard.
     
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    There's no sex and you can count the profanity on one hand (something else that surprised me) so the "R" rating is for the violence.

    The movie's been compared to the fist half hour of "Saving Private Ryan" but I didn't think it was nearly that bad and certainly not as gory as "Blackhawk Down", although there is a particularly gory scene in which an American soldier gets a Willie-Peter in the face.

    It's not as gory as it is intense.

    Mike
     
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    Miss Bobbie,

    Your husband might be right.

    I heard a fascinating interview on this afternoon's Michael Medved show with Lt. Col. Bruce Crandall, who was played in the movie by Greg Kinnear.

    He acted as an advisor on the movie, along with the real life Lt. Col (now Lt. Gen.) Hal Moore and said that Moore, Gibson and several castmembers would set aside an hour every afternoon for prayer and that Gibson, a devout Catholic, regularly observed mass on the set.

    Mike

    [ March 04, 2002, 06:20 PM: Message edited by: Smoke_Eater ]
     
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    I wonder how long Mel has been 'devout'?
    Like was he in all the movies he made with all the violence and foul laungague, or, was that Lethal Weapon ?? 2 or 3?? (was there a 3?) where he showed his shinning butt in the air while having sex with the female lead? 9(juat to let you know I was only like 24 or 25 then, and not a christian). Or was he devout in the interview I saw him do on tv about 10 years ago when questioned about the laungage in his movies and would he let his children watch, he said no he wouldn't but since he's already made those type of movies he saw no reason to stop.
    "Devout"? To what? Certainly not serious about God.
    And I don't say that lightly, he's one of my favorites, although it's very hard to find something of his I can actually watch.
     
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    Katie, say what you will, I thought it was a great movie and I give the guy credit for trying to do a good thing on the set of the movie.

    Mike

    [ March 04, 2002, 09:53 PM: Message edited by: Smoke_Eater ]
     
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    smoke eater, Yes I probably will watch it. At least he did something to at least bring God to peoples mind. Maybe some thought about waht it all meant.
     
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    Smokie,
    How in the world did "the apostle" portray Christianity in a positive light?
     
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    I just saw "We were Soldiers" I really enjoyed it. But, as for counting the profanity on one hand, well, I guess you could if you counted each word, and not the number of times the words were said. I will give it this. It has much less profanity than other movies. I really did enjoy it, and I cried through most of it. Have any of you seen The Patriot. THAT was a good movie.
     
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    Grace, I saw the Patriot, and really liked it. I think Mel is just now in the last few years becoming the actor he alwasy had the potential for.
     
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    The movie is outstanding. And when I got home I did some searching & it turns out the movie is very accurate in it's telling of what happened, & the people involved. Especially Sergeant Major Plumley.
    http://www.lzxray.com/plumley.htm

    The whole story can be read & looked at...
    http://www.lzxray.com/overview.htm

    Again... a very good movie.
     
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    Gibson is a devout, traditional Catholic.
     
  14. Mike McK

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    I said it portrayed Christians in a positive light, not Christianity in general, although I do think that was an unintended consequence of some of the things that happened in the movie.
     
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    I loved Mel Gibson in Man Without a Face. What a man.

    As far as Apostle being good light/bad light whatever, I will say at minimum, it was close to accurate portrayal--only because I have seen people like that.
     
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    We Were Soldiers is one of my favorite movies. I really liked Signs as well.
     
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    Have not yet seen "We Were Soldiers", but have wanted to see it. Now I really want to see it! I think I'll rent it tomorrow. :D

    Rev. G

    P. S. (Mel has made some great movies in the last few years, namely BRAVEHEART and THE PATRIOT).

    P. P. S. ("Freedom!")
     

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