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on 7/1/2011

This movie tugs at your heart strings. It shows what happens to our fallen heros and how they make it back home to be laid to rest. Kevin Bacon plays a brillant part as a Marine Lt Col who volunteers to escort the remains of a young Marine from Dover AFB to his final resting place in MT. Mr Bacon shows definitely that he can act. You feel his dedication to the Core, his respect for the young Marine and the Marine's family, and the emotion packed feeling that one gets as he briefly encounters people along the way. Kevin Bacon will always be remembered as the Marine Lt Col, Escort, in Taking Chance. This movie was perfectly cast and well directed. And of course, comes from Lt Col Michael R. Strobl's moving journal Taking Chance.

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Poignant Journey

on 7/13/2013

Well done, heart wrenching story that is hard to describe.

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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 VA, 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.


Studio HBO
SKU 210829414
UPC 883929033065
UPC 14 00883929033065
Format DVD
Release Date 9/17/2013
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Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Sundance Film Festival (2009) Ross Katz, Nominee, Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic
ReviewSource Cinema Blend
Review Viewers with ties to the military, or an obsession with the burial practices of the Marine Corps may find something interesting in Taking Chance, but for anyone else it's a tedious 85 minutes of Kevin Bacon saluting...Bacon plays Lt. Colonel Michael Strobl, a Marine working a desk job as an analyst and carrying around a lot of unnecessary guilt. While his buddies fight it out in Iraq, he rides a cubicle crunching numbers for military commanders who won't listen to him. At night he sits in bed combing through casualty records, until he stumbles on the name of a dead soldier from his home town of Clifton, Colorado. Though he doesn't know the deceased, Strobl volunteers for escort duty. It's now his job to accompany the boy's body home, delivering his coffin and his personal effects to bereaved parents...Along the way Taking Chance subjects us to every minute detail of the military's body dispensation traditions. Bacon's job is, primarily, just to go wherever the body goes and salute it as it's loaded and unloaded. The film drags the coffin's journey from military post to funeral home out as long as possible, allowing Bacon more and more opportunity to salute, look deeply affected, and receive the extreme adulation of every person he encounters on his trip...It doesn't take long for Taking Chance to cross the line from patriotic and affecting into cloying and desperate. This is a film frantic for tears and nationalistic fervor that, unfortunately, it just hasn't earned. Simply dragging a flag over a coffin and showing sad parents is not, in and of itself, enough to get your audience invested. Watching Taking Chance is like saying the pledge of allegiance at a ballpark and then being expected to hug your buddy and sob after "justice for all". For most people, that's just not going to happen.
Reviewer Josh Tyler
ReviewRating 5
DVD, English, Spanish, French, Subtitled
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Robert Davis, Paste Magazine ...[Katz] tells the story with remarkable efficiency, never lingering past a scene's essential moment, never overplaying the emotion.
Tim Malcolm, of Bacon's best roles...[Taking Chance] succeeds in being a very moving / tear jerker film without violence...

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