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The Last Full Measure

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THE LAST FULL MEASURE tells the true story of Vietnam War hero William H. Pitsenbarger (Jeremy Irvine), a U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen (also known as a PJ) medic who personally saved over sixty men. During a rescue mission on April 11, 1966, he was offered the chance to escape on the last helicopter out of a combat zone heavily under fire, but he stayed behind to save and defend the lives of his fellow soldiers of the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division, before making the ultimate sacrifice in one of the bloodiest battles of the war. Thirty-two years later, respected Pentagon staffer Scott Huffman (Sebastien Stan) on a career fast-track is tasked with investigating a Congressional Medal of Honor request for Pitsenbarger made by his best friend and PJ partner on the mission (William Hurt) and his parents (Christopher Plummer & Diane Ladd). Huffman seeks out the testimony of Army veterans who witnessed Pitsenbarger’s extraordinary valor, including Takoda (Samuel L. Jackson), Burr (Peter Fonda) and Mott (Ed Harris). But as Huffman learns more about Pitsenbarger’s courageous acts, he uncovers a high-level conspiracy behind the decades-long denial of the medal, prompting him to put his own career on the line to seek justice for the fallen airman.


  • Sebastian Stan
  • Alison Sudol
  • Asher Miles Fallica
  • LisaGay Hamilton
  • Bradley Whitford
  • William Hurt
  • Linus Roache
  • Jeremy Irvine
  • Eoin O'Brien
  • Christopher Plummer

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4.4 out of 5
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Verified Review

Great movie based on a true story. Good flow to the movie and kept my attention the whole time.

Joseph N
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An inspiring convincing story of strength courage and devotion. A great cast, wonderful depictions of those involved

Juan C G


Jan 28, 2020

There’s little sense of forward motion to any of this.

Metacritic review by Roger Moore
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
Jan 22, 2020

What The Last Full Measure demonstrates is how powerful it can be to shed light on these experiences, through testimony, bearing witness and yes, ceremonial recognition.

Metacritic review by Katie Walsh
Katie Walsh
Chicago Tribune
Jan 22, 2020

This Vietnam War-themed drama is one of the dullest films made about that oft-dramatized conflict.

Metacritic review by Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter