We Were Soldiers: © 2002 Paramount Pictures
Jim Farber
April 05, 2002 AT 05:00 AM EST

We Were Soldiers

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
Wide Release Date
03/01/02
performer
Mel Gibson, Sam Elliott, Greg Kinnear, Chris Klein, Barry Pepper, Keri Russell, Madeleine Stowe
director
Randall Wallace
distributor
Paramount Pictures
author
Randall Wallace
genre
War, Drama

We gave it an B

War is hell on songwriters. Its drama demands their best. Given that the pieces on the We Were Soldiers soundtrack were written quickly after the participants viewed the film, it’s impressive that the heartfelt songs outnumber the indifferent ones. Johnny Cash and Train offer individual perspectives, while Jars of Clay and Steven Curtis Chapman lapse into sentimentality. Luckily, the poignant moments make this the most convincingly somber soundtrack since ”Dead Man Walking.”

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