21 and a Wake-Up

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21 and Wake-Up
Directed by Chris McIntyre
Produced by Nguyen Quy Phuong
Written by Chris McIntyre
Starring Amy Acker
JC Chasez
Danica McKellar
Faye Dunaway
Tom Sizemore
Ed Begley, Jr.
Wes Studi
Andre Royo
Tim Thomerson
Ben Vereen
Lance Guest
Music by Brooke Wentz
Cinematography Stephen G. Shank
Release date
  • October 30, 2009 (2009-10-30)
Country United States
Language English

21 and Wake-Up is a 2009 American war film starring Amy Acker, Danica McKellar, Faye Dunaway, and was directed and written by producer, director, and writer Chris McIntyre.

21 and a Wakeup is the first American film about the Vietnam war allowed to shoot on location in Vietnam after the Vietnam War. It is based on a dozen true stories, most surrounding the final days of the 24th Evacuation Hospital, the last major Army hospital in the south to close as Americans abandoned Southeast Asia. 21 and a Wakeup has an all-star cast, and was written and directed by Chris McIntyre, a veteran of the US Marine Corps from 1967 through 1971, the most conflicted years of the war. The film focuses on real people McIntyre knew in the Marines, as well as experiences of Dr. Marvin Wayne, renowned and decorated physician at the 24th Evac in its final year. 21 and a Wakeup has been described as "an action packed drama that genuinely gets under the skin of its characters, showcasing the breathtaking beauty of Vietnam that most Americans have never seen."


The film is based on real events, focusing on the lives of three young nurses, one of whom undertakes a treacherous journey up the Mekong River to Cambodia to save a very young Vietnamese-American girl before her life is destroyed during the American bombing of Cambodia.

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