In April, 2004, casualties mount in Iraq. At Quantico, choices focus on increasing troop strength or only replacing casualties. Lt. Col. Mike Strobl (Kevin Bacon) crunches numbers. Stung by his superior’s rejection of his recommendation because he lacks recent combat experience, Strobl volunteers for escort duty, accompanying the remains Pfc. Chance Phelps, killed at 19. From Dover to Philadelphia by hearse, from there to Minneapolis and on to Billings by plane, and then by car to Phelps’ Wyoming home – person after person pays respects. Kind words, small gifts, and gratitude are given Strobl to deliver to the family on this soul-searching journey. What are his own discoveries?
Paige plays Marine Lt. Colonel Michael Strobl’s wife, Stacey Strobl.
TRIVIA & FACTS
- “TAKING CHANCE” is an historical drama based upon the experiences of Marine Lt. Colonel Michael Strobl, who escorted the body of a fallen Marine, PFC Chance Phelps (posthumously promoted to LCpl), back to his hometown from the Iraq War.
- The film was selected for showing at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
- The film was the most-watched HBO original in five years, with over two million viewers on the opening night, and more than 5.5 million on re-airings.
“TAKING CHANCE” has a total of 7 wins and 21 nominations.
It won a Golden Globes Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television – Kevin Bacon, and was nominated for Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television.
It won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries or a Movie – Lee Percy and Brian A. Kates, and was nominated for another 9.
Other awards include: Screen Actors Guild Awards, Directors Guild of America, PGA Awards, Satellite Awards, Television Critics Association Awards, Writers Guild of America etc.