Taking Chance

Taking Chance

Director: Ross Katz Cast: Kevin Bacon, Paige Turco, Sarah Thompson

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Inspired by the true story of the United States Marine who volunteered to escort the remains of a nineteen year old soldier who was killed in Iraq to his small hometown in remote Wyoming, Taking Chance stars Kevin Bacon in the feature directorial debut of Oscar-nominated producer Ross Katz. Lance Corporal Chance Phelps (USMC) was just nineteen years old when he was killed during active duty. Now, as Lance Corporal Phelps is prepared for his final journey back home, Lieutenant Colonel Michael Strobl (USMC) (Bacon) makes it his personal mission to ensure that his fallen brother is laid to rest with the proper respect. As the journey begins, Lieutenant Colonel Strobl gains a greater appreciation of the sacrifices made in war than ever before.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/12/2009
UPC: 0883929033065
Original Release: 2008
Rating: NR
Source: Hbo Home Video
Region Code: 1
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:18:00
Sales rank: 600

Special Features

Closed Caption; 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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Bacon Lt. Colonel Michael Strobl
Paige Turco Stacey Strobl
Sarah Thompson Annie
Tom Wopat John Phelps
Blanche Baker Chris Phelps
Tom Aldredge Charlie Fitts
Gordon Clapp Tom Garrett
Ann Dowd Gretchen
Tate Ellington A.V. Scott
Julian Gamble Jeff Mack
Victor Slezak Sgt. Mulcahy
Julie White Col. Karen Bell
William Wise Larry Hertzog
Emily Wickersham Kelly Phelps
John Bedford Lloyd Gen. Kruger

Technical Credits
Ross Katz Director,Executive Producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Lori Keith Douglas Producer
Brian A. Kates Editor
Alar Kivilo Cinematographer
Evyen Klean Musical Direction/Supervision
Brad Krevoy Executive Producer
Dan Leigh Production Designer
Lee Percy Editor
David C. Robinson Costumes/Costume Designer
Mike Strobl Screenwriter
Cathy Wischner-Sola Executive Producer
Marcelo Zarvos Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Taking Chance
1. What Really Matters [6:45]
2. PFC Phelps [5:53]
3. Duty [6:40]
4. Thank You [6:27]
5. They All Know [6:49]
6. Rendering Honors [6:55]
7. He's Finally Home [5:38]
8. Six Ribbons [5:40]
9. Glad You're Here [8:05]
10. You Do Not Mourn Alone [5:42]
11. He Lived a Hero [9:11]
12. Credits [3:49]

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Taking Chance 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
SavageBS More than 1 year ago
I'm a former Marine, I served four honorable years from 97' to 01', a Marine friend of mine sent me the original story of "Taking Chance" when it was being passed around the internet, well before the movie was made. Unfortunately I don't have HBO, so I had to wait until the DVD arrived, finally its here! "Taking Chance" is a very moving film, it doesn't matter whether you served in the Marines or any other branch, this movie is about pride, respect and honor. Kevin Bacon is a very famous actor, he played this part to the fullest extent. Amazing, amazing job by Bacon in this film. Hats off to him! Every branch of the military should be required to watch this film, its heartbreaking, uplifting and very inspirational! Highly, highly recommended!
JHJDC More than 1 year ago
This DVD was shown as part of a Death & Dying class at our local faith based college. An excellent film. We were told by a military chaplin in our class that this DVD is shown to military chaplins as part of their training. An excellent idea. Expertly depicts the emotions surrounding death from the military, chaplain & family perspective.Our military families sacrifice so much for our freedom. Support our troops, give them honor daily not just at the time of their death. No objectionable language or scenes,heavy topic, very well done.
Tidalwave3 More than 1 year ago
Being a Marine (Sgt) and a Marine Dad (son is LCpl in 1st MLG), this movie really hit home! Marines don't cry, we sweat through our eyes and you will. The movie has ups and downs so watch this one all the way through. It's an amazing movie for ALL AMERICAN's to see.!!! ALSO get & watch "The Marines" from PBS Home Video***
R_DeSautel More than 1 year ago
I have been in the military for over 28 years, and I only see the government letting down the nation. This movie shows the pride, and caring that exists for those, from those, who have to do the work to maintain our freedom. If you are a citizen, you should watch this movie. If you want to be a citizen, it should be a requirement.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As I began to watch this movie, I didn't think it would be anything different or special. I was so wrong..A moving performance by Kevin Bacon that left you in deep thought, tears and realizing the reality of what we were witness to. I never really thought about the transfer of our service people to home when they were killed in battle. This movie portrays the reality of emotions by everyone witness to this event. I hope and pray every American is treated in this manner and it is not just a "showcase for the movie bucks".
MarineWife23 More than 1 year ago
Being a Marine wife, this movie really hit home! It's an amazing movie for all to see. You will cry but it's well worth watching all the way through!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keep a box of tissue handy. However, this film does not manipulate. It is a true depiction of how the military, in particular the Marines, take care of their dead. I work in the funeral industry and can attest to the dedication and devotion the military has for their own. It is obvious that great care was taken to make this film politically neutral. Regardles of how one feels about war in general, or the current war in particular, if you truly support our military, your support will be reinforced after viewing this film. It is a testament as it bears witness to the sacrifice of those in uniform and the care and honor bestowed by friends and strangers.
Tim56 More than 1 year ago
Most excellent movie... bring tissue.
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Taking Chance is an awesome movie! Very interesting and touching. Even if your not in the Marine Corps. it is for any American to view. Kevin Bacon did an outstanding job and showed his true colors as an actor. He portrayed himself well as a Marine Officer. Even my husband, who served five years in the Marines, said this was one of the best military movies he has seen in a while. Don't miss out on this great movie. You won't be diappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an extraordinarily personal and true story about the honor due and given to the men and women who fight for American and the families who support them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story taken from the journal of a US Marine who escorted the body of a fallen Marine to his final resting place is very touching. It shows the respect of many Americans along the way to the escort and the fallen Marine. The movie adds a human face to our military personnel who give the ultimate sacrifice - they are more than numbers on the nightly news. They have families and loved ones - they are us. Everyone who wants to criticize our military should have to watch this film and the documentary on 9/11 shot by the two French brothers who were at ground zero. Then they will remember why we sent our armed forces in harm's way.
USNSGAVET76 More than 1 year ago
The detail and emotion put into this film are a touching and inspiring combination. The humanity of Chance's family and his fellow Marines is foremost in the filmaker's thoughts and is in full evidence throughout the movie. Many people were touched by the journey of Chance's remains from Iraq to Wyoming, and all who are blessed by the freedoms we share from sacrifices like this owe it to ourselves to be reminded of those who are serving. The making of the movie and interviews with Chance's family and comrades in arms made this a movie to buy, keep and share with friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't think I could be as affected by a documentary as much as I was by this one. I was sobbing most of the time - utterly heartwrenching.
susiemike More than 1 year ago
Taking Chance is a touching, well done film which depicts what happens when one of our Fallen is brought home. I was deeply moved, having lost my own brother in the Iraqi War. It brought back strong feelings of grief, but also extreme gratitude for those who so respectfully take care of those who have paid the ultimate price.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this movie just channel surfing and two hours later I was still all choked up. What a great movie and so simply emotional, Kevin Bacon does a great job
Missilemonger More than 1 year ago
This is a true story and a wonderful tribute to the men and women of our armed forces. My wife started crying as soon as it started. I was able to hold out for a 1/2 hour or so. I'm a big Kevin Bacon fan and this may be his best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very moving detail of the current war in Iraq: the return home of a fallen soldier. Very non-political but accurate in its description of how a fallen soldier is returned home and how the general public reacts. This side of the war is usually only seen by the families of those soldiers but the movie gently guides the viewer thru the heartbreaking details. Kevin Bacon is does a wonderful job conveying the honor and dignity afforded to the remains of a soldier and his/her family. I can, unfortunately, attest to its accuracy. It is a very emotional journey for anyone and well worth a watch ( keep the tissues handy)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Taking Chance is a very moving story of dedication and love of ones country. The emotions and consideration of the military for their fallen comrades is very touching. The care and dignity by which each solder's body is prepared for the trip home is very appreciated. The respect shown from taxi driver to the airport personnel to the assigned escort is deeply felt for a fallen soldier. This movie will remain in my thoughts for a long time. Anytime someone mentions the war and casualties this movie will come to mind.
Berrycape More than 1 year ago
Very heart wrenching, but a must see by every American. It really open another emotion about our current involvement in this crazy war. A nice tribute to our men and women giving service to our country.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of those films that every young adult and older should view. It is a great story of the ultimate price one Marine gave and the lives he touched on his journey home. There weren't enough tissues to get me through this film. I could go on and on about how wonderful I feel Taking chance is but you should stop reading this and go view it for yourself immediately!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend this movie. It is emotional but something everyone should see. Kevin Bacon is superb as always. God Bless our troops.
LClayton More than 1 year ago
I bought this as a gift for my husband, and we both loved it. I cried almost during the entire movie. Not only because it was sad with the loss of a solider at such a young age, but because this movie really portrays the respect given to those who fight for our country. It was really a moving story, and the performances were spectacular. I've never been so touched by a movie. I really recommend that everyone watches this movie. It gives a new found respect for what goes on after the solider passes. It gave me a new sense of patriotism for all soliders and military personnel.
grnapl More than 1 year ago
Very moving emotional movie!