Taking Chance (Full Frame)

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Based on the true experiences of Lt. Colonel Michael Strobl, who wrote eloquently of them in a widely circulated 2004 article, "Taking Chance" is a profoundly emotional look at the military rituals taken to honor its war dead, as represented by a fallen Marine killed in Iraq, Lance Corporal Chance Phelps. Working as a strategic analyst at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia, Lt. Col. Strobl (Kevin Bacon) learns that Phelps had once lived in his hometown, and volunteers to escort the body to its final resting place in Wyoming. As Strobl journeys across America, he discovers the great diligence and dignity in how the military, and all those involved with preparing and transporting the body, handle their duties. Equally important, he encounters hundreds of people affected by Chance's death, a vast majority of whom never knew him. This collective grieving eventually causes Lt. Col. Strobl, a veteran of Desert Storm now assigned to office duty, to probe his own guilt about not re-deploying to Iraq for the current conflict. Arriving in Wyoming, Lt. Col. Strobl completes his catharsis when he encounters Chance's gracious family and friends, and discovers an extraordinary outpouring of community support.

Bearing Witness - A Featurette That Includes Interviews with Chance Phelps' Friends And Family As well As A Section On The Real Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, The Real Chance Phelps - Interviews, Home Movies And Personal Photos To Help Paint A More Vivid Picture Of This Hero, From Script To Screen - A Featurette On How Taking Chance was Made, From Concept Through Production, Deleted Scene - I'll watch Over Him.


Starring: Kevin Bacon, Blanche Baker, Tom Aldredge
Director: Ross Katz
Studio Name: Warner Home Video
DVD Release Date: 05/12/2009
Rating: Not Rated
Format: DVD
Screen Format: Full Frame
Run Time (in minutes): 78 minutes
Language: English
Audio Tracks: AC, Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Surround
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.19
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.57 x 5.39 x 7.54

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Customer review by tgoodman

5.0 stars by tgoodman

I have got to say, Hats off to the producers of this movie. this is the best true story i have seen in a very long time. I think i cried through just about the whole movie.i would recommend this movie. It's amazing how the military takes care of there falling soldiers.

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Customer review by wm1775

5.0 stars by wm1775

Yes, Marines do take care of their own. And this is testament to that. It will give you great insight to the Marine Corps values that are instilled in every Marine, present and former.

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Customer review by 3diamond

5.0 stars by 3diamond

My kid's dad was in the military and as a military family, we lived among the military community for many years. But long before my realtionship with their dad, I was always very patriotic, wanting to make the military a career myself. That was not to be. In April 2004, my nephew was killed in Iraq. He was also very patriotic and had wanted to serve in all 5 branches of the military. He had already served in the Navy, he was killed active duty Army. When I watched this movie, I cried - silently, then loudly, long and hard. With each step of Chance's journey home, I became more and more proud to be an American. I am honored not only by Chance's service but by the service of the many men and women who have served or are currently serving. Thank you for the blanket of freedom your service has provided. To the families that have lost their sons and daughters while they served our country, my sincere condolences and my deep felt appreciation. I have 2 children now, 1 of which's desire is join the Marines. I am so blessed to be a woman, to have felt life and to have given birth to life. As any mom would tell you, my kids are extraordinary. While watching the special features - the photo clips of the real Chance - it was as if I was looking back at the growing up years of my own son. My son is also a history buff and he too desires to become one of America's finest - an American soldier.

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by thaddus 5/27/2009
  • CHANCE is the name of a fallen Marine in Iraq. A superior office volunteered to accompany his body back to his family. It was heartwarming to see the respect and attention given by all who met the officer and body along the way. A real eye-opener. Everyone will enjoy the tribute.
    by Soapsally7/23/2013
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  • This movie is about a Marine that was killed and Kevin Bacon is the Marine that volunteers to escort his body home.
    by momofbray3/12/2013
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  • This is based on the true story of a Marine Lt. Colonel that escorts the remains of another fallen Marine Lance Corporal home for burial. It shows the respect and courtesy of all the people he encountered on this trip across country. This silent service happens nearly everyday and a friend of mine performed it for another fallen sailor just recently. I highly recommend watching the movie.
    by FloPop11/29/2012
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  • based on soldiers getting killed and their bodies being returned home.
    by blueangeleyes11/10/2012
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  • A Marine officer escorting a fallen fellow Marine to his family for burial. Everyone should see this excellent film. It should be required viewing in schools. It honors our military and speaks well of US Citizens.
    by ivysdtr3/12/2012
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  • It is about the experience of a Marine carry for the return of another fallen marines' remains.
    by Kodaikid1/16/2012
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  • This HBO movie is based on the journey of Lt. Col. Michael Strobl. He volunteered to escort a fallen Marine's remains home to his family. It depicts the process, the respect and the honor bestowed upon our fallen soldiers. Something the general public never sees.
    by Arizonas8/31/2011
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  • The body of a 19-year-old marine named Chance, who was killed in action in the service of his country, is escorted to his hometown. The film reflects the dignity, honor and respect he deserved. I would encourage every American citizen to see the film and try to always honor the fallen heroes he represents.
    by Otimer19257/2/2011
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  • This movie is based on a true story.It is about an officer accompanying a fallen soldier home. He finds out more and more along his journey about the fallen soldier and himself. Heartwarming story!
    by RememberThisWalk12/8/2010
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  • About a Marine Officer that escorts the body of a Marine soldier that was killed in Iraq, across country.
    by Kokomoe9/26/2010
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