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

Atom User Reviews

Verified Review

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

Juan C G
Verified Review

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

Joseph N


Jan 23, 2020

There’s hardly a moment in this film that doesn’t feature at least one great actor in top form.

Metacritic review by Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
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
Jan 22, 2020

At its core, The Last Full Measure is a poignant reevaluation of gallantry and of how survivor’s guilt impacts those veterans whose lives were spared. It’s not without its flaws, and Robinson’s wobbly narrative bears much of the blame, but its emotional resonance will stay with you long afterward.

Metacritic review by Candice Frederick
Candice Frederick