The Walking Dead (1995 film)

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The Walking Dead
Directed by Preston A. Whitmore II
Produced by George Jackson
Doug McHenry
Frank Price
Written by Preston A. Whitmore II
Starring Allen Payne
Eddie Griffin
Joe Morton
Vonte Sweet
Roger Floyd
Bernie Mac
Music by Gary Chang
Cinematography John L. Demps Jr.
Edited by Don Brochu
William C. Carruth
Distributed by Savoy Pictures
Release dates
February 24, 1995
Running time
88 minutes
Language English
Box office $6,014,341

The Walking Dead is a 1995 war film written and directed by Preston A. Whitmore II starring Allen Payne, Joe Morton and Eddie Griffin. The film depicts the lives of five Marines who are all assigned to rescue a group of POW during the Vietnam War in 1972. It opened to poor reviews and low box office receipts. Previews billed it as "the black experience in Vietnam".

The box-office gross was over $6,000,000.00.[1]

Plot[edit]

In 1972 North Vietnam, short-timer Marines are dispatched by helicopter to conduct their last mission: to evacuate the survivors from a POW camp abandoned by the Viet Cong. The landing zone - which they expect to be cold - is actually hot (under fire[2]) and after a short fight, only four members of the rescue mission survive. SSgt. Barkley and Hoover have a brief fight after Hoover wants to radio for an evacuation and Barkley insists they finish the mission. During their fight a mortar lands nearby, knocking them both into a swamp. Barkley saves Branche from drowning. They are joined shortly by Brooks and Evans. The soldiers defer to the ranking Marine, SSgt. Barkley, who insists that they press on to a nearby cathedral. They reach the building and kill several NVA soldiers. At morning, they are planning their next move when they are ambushed by more NVA soldiers including tree snipers. After a firefight they manage to kill the soldiers with the help of Cpl. Pippins, who appears from the brush and also begins attacking them. After subduing Pippins they look for the rest of his platoon and discover them murdered and their radio missing. They decide to tie Pippins up and bring him along as they march toward the POW camp. While Cole and Barkley go ahead to survey the area, Hoover and Brooks smoke marajuana and talk about Brooks' girlfriend, who just dumped him via the mail. During their break, Pippins escapes and takes Brooks' pistol. The four men regroup and head out without Pippins. When they reach the camp, they discover a deranged Pippins holding a Vietnamese woman hostage. After killing the woman in front of them, Pippis turns on them with a gun and is killed by SSgt. Barkley. After seeing the camp is empty, the men realize they are expendable decoys. They radio in and are informed that the Marines cleared the POW camp four hours earlier, and that they have 20 minutes to reach their pickup point before the entire area is bombed. As the men go to leave bombs begin dropping on them. They escape the bombardment and head through the jungle to the landing zone, but are ambushed by more NVA soldiers. Brooks is killed, and Cole and Barkley wounded. Hoover goes back and rescues Barkley and the three men are evacuated by helicopter. During an epilogue, we are told that Cole became a career Marine who retired after 20 years of service, SSgt. Barkley took a job counseling troubled teens in Georgia, and Hoover went back home and married his girlfriend.

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

"The Walking Dead (soundtrack)" redirects here. For the soundtrack to the AMC TV series, see The Walking Dead (TV series soundtrack).
The Walking Dead
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released March 7, 1995
Recorded 1994-1995
Genre Hip hop, R&B
Length 41:32
Label Motown
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]

The soundtrack album for the film was released on March 7, 1995 by Motown Records. It consists mostly of Motown hits from the 1960s and 1980s, but also includes three newly recorded hip-hop songs exclusive to the soundtrack. The soundtrack failed to make it to the Billboard charts, but Scarface's "Among the Walking Dead" was a minor hit on the R&B and rap charts.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "How I Wish"- 4:49 (Queen Latifah)
  2. "Smiling Faces Sometimes"- 3:13 (The Undisputed Truth)
  3. "What's Going On"- 3:52 (Marvin Gaye)
  4. "Ooo Baby Baby"- 2:43 (The Miracles)
  5. "The Tracks of My Tears"- 3:01 (The Miracles)
  6. "Cloud Nine"- 3:36 (The Temptations)
  7. "Get Ready"- 2:47 (The Temptations)
  8. "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"- 5:53 (Marvin Gaye)
  9. "War"- 3:26 (Edwin Starr)
  10. "Among the Walking Dead"- 3:39 (Scarface)
  11. "Conflict"- 4:33 (Whitehead Bros. and Big Rube)

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Walking Dead – Box Office Mojo, checked on January 5th, 2011
  2. ^ Viet Nam Generation, Inc. (1966). "Glossary of Military Terms & Slang from the Vietnam War D-J". The 60's Project. Retrieved 2011-11-16. 
  3. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r209962

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See also[edit]

  • Wallace Terry, who wrote award-winning, true-life accounts of African American soldiers who served in Vietnam