I first saw this movie via DVD a couple of years ago and I loved it. Being that this is Memorial Day weekend here in the US, it’s been on the various HBO channels and I made time to watch it again. I freely admit that I sobbed off and on during the entire film.
Taking Chance is the true story of Lt. Colonel Mike Strobl, a Marine who worked at the Pentagon (he has since retired), and who wrote the screenplay for Taking Chance. One day, he was reading the casualty list and saw the name of Pfc Chance Phelps, a 19-year-old Marine who died in Anbar Province. Phelps died protecting his colleagues and was posthumously promoted to lance corporal. Strobl asked his superiors if he could escort Phelps’ remains to his hometown in Wyoming, and permission was granted, even though men in Strobl’s position did not usually perform this task.
The movie is the story of Strobl’s trip from Virginia to Wyoming to take Chance Phelps home to his parents. It is gut-wrenching, it is powerful and it is beautiful. I cannot recommend it highly enough, on Memorial Day, Veterans’ Day or any other day. It’s an outstanding movie, and all Americans should see it.
Here are a couple of links that will add to one’s knowledge of the real events that inspired the movie:
And, last but certainly not least, to all of the men and women who have put their lives on the line to protect and defend the rest of us, I say “thank you.”