Hamburger Hill

Hamburger Hill

John Irvin (1987)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Unjustly overshadowed by Oliver Stone's Platoon and Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket, John Irvin's Hamburger Hill is almost their equal. The story has the classic simplicity of a past era of war movies: troops of the 101st Airborne Division attack Hill 937 in the Ashau Valley, Vietnam, and after ten days and 11 assaults, when everyone has been put through the meat grinder, the hill is renamed after America's favourite fast food. Reducing the Vietnam War to the level of symbol - owing much to Lewis Milestone's Korean War epic Pork Chop Hill - is an efficient means of conveying the pointless sacrifice, and Irvin does the messy job superbly. It's not for the lily-livered.


A platoon of raw recruits is thrown straight into the heat of action in Vietnam, where the young soldiers learn about the horrors of war the hard way in a gruelling 10-day battle to capture a heavily fortified hill. Drama based on a true story, starring Dylan McDermott, Anthony Barrile and Michael P Boatman.

Cast & Crew

Sgt Frantz Dylan McDermott
Vincent Languilli Anthony Barrile
Motown Michael P Boatman
Pte Washburn Don Cheadle
Murphy Michael Dolan
McDaniel Don James
Galvan MA Nickles
Doc Johnson Courtney B Vance
Director John Irvin
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Palace PicturesGuidance: Violence and swearing, edited for nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray