Tunnel Rats (film)

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1968 Tunnel Rats
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Uwe Boll
Produced by Uwe Boll
Chris Roland
Daniel Clarke
Written by Uwe Boll
Story by Daniel Clarke
Starring Michael Paré
Nate Parker
Erik Eidem
Jane Le
Jeffrey Christopher Todd
Rocky Marquette
Brandon Fobbs
Scott Cooper
John Wynn
Wilson Bethel
Music by Jessica de Rooij
Cinematography Mathias Neumann
Edited by Karen Porter
Distributed by Kinostar
Vivendi Entertainment
Release dates
  • May 31, 2008 (2008-05-31) (Hoboken International Film Festival)
  • November 13, 2008 (2008-11-13) (Germany)
Running time 96 minutes
Country Germany
Language English
Budget $8 million
Box office $35,402

Tunnel Rats, also known as 1968 Tunnel Rats, is a 2008 war film directed by Uwe Boll. The film is based on the factual duties of tunnel rats during the Vietnam War. In a documentary for the film, Boll revealed the film did not have a script, instead the actors are improvising their lines.[1]

Although a box office failure, Tunnel Rats was met with positive reviews.

Plot synopsis[edit]

A group of US Army soldiers, trained in underground warfare, arrive at base camp in the jungle of Vietnam. The soldiers spend the first day and night getting to know each other. The next morning they begin to explore the Viet Cong's underground tunnel network at Củ Chi. Led by Lieutenant Vic Hollowborn (Michael Pare) along with Platoon Sergeant Mike Heaney (Brad Schmidt) Corporal Dan Green (Wilson Bethel) and Privates Peter Harris (Mitch Eakins), Carl Johnson (Erik Eidem), Terence Verano (Rocky Marquette), Jonathon Porterson (Garikayi Mutambirwa), Dean Garraty (Adrian Collins), Samuel Graybridge (Brandon Fobbs), Jim Lidford (Nate Parker) and Bob Miller (Jeffery Christopher Todd). Armed with nothing more than bayonets, pistols, grenades and flashlights, the US soldiers take to the tunnels, where they begin to encounter dangers including primitive but lethal boobytraps, such as punji sticks, grenades rigged with tripwire, as well as roving Viet Cong. Meanwhile Garraty and Johnson are killed first, and later Sergeant Heaney and Verano are both killed as Green escapes, and up on the surface Harris and Lidford escape to the bottom of the tunnel, and Lidford is killed later on, Porterson successfully escapes through the tunnels and Meanwhile on the surface the Viet Cong also attack the US base. As things escalate above and below the ground, soldiers for both sides are pushed to the limits of their humanity. Miller and Graybridge escape but Graybridge is killed and Miller escapes, In the end, the implication is that all (or almost all) the protagonists in the film are killed by each other, by booby-traps, or by the air-strike ordered by the wounded US commanding officer Hollowborn, when it seemed all had been lost. Harris dies in the tunnels, but Green convinces Vo Mai ([Jane Le]]) that he isn't a threat to her or her family, Porterson retreats to the surface and later meets Miller at the camp where many soldiers have been slaughtered by the NVA, Porterson and Miller witness the bombings and it is unknown if they survived or not, meanwhile Green and Mai try to dig their way out realizing they both are trapped with no where to go they remain to die to the end of their days.



1968 Tunnel Rats was a box-office failure, earning less than $36,000 in ticket sales. The film's budget was $8 million.

Despite this, 1968 Tunnel Rats received generally positive reviews from critics, making it one of Uwe Boll's most critically successful films to date. Jeffrey M. Anderson of Combustible Celluloid gave the film 3/4 stars and wrote "If Boll had made this film in 1986, he might have won an Oscar and become the next Oliver Stone!"[2] Bill Gibron of Filmcritic.com gave the film 3.5/5 stars, calling it "very good -- and that's amazing, considering who's receiving said accolade."[3]

On the negative side, Uwe Boll won the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Director for his work on the film, which he also received for directing In the Name of the King and Postal.

Video game[edit]

Uwe Boll also released a video game of the same name based on the film. The title was developed by Replay Studios using the Replay engine.[4]


  1. ^ The Making of Tunnel Rats documentary.
  2. ^ Anderson, Jeffery. "Tunnel Rats (2008)". combustiblecelluloid.com. Retrieved May 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ Gibron, Bill. "Tunnel Rats". movies.amctv.com. Retrieved May 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ Tunnel Rats was released on Steam on May 15, 2009. http://store.steampowered.com/app/31300/

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