The Veteran (2006 film)

The Veteran is a 2006 American made-for-TV war film directed by Sidney J. Furie and starring Ally Sheedy, Bobby Hosea, Michael Ironside, Casper Van Dien, Colin Glazer, Sean Baek, Jim Codrington and Donald Burda. It is a follow up to Under Heavy Fire.

The Veteran
Screenplay byJohn Flock
J. Stephen Maunder (wrriten by)
Directed bySidney J. Furie
StarringAlly Sheedy
Bobby Hosea
Michael Ironside
Casper Van Dien
Colin Glazer
Sean Baek
Jim Codrington
Donald Burda
Music byEric Cadesky
Nick Dyer
Country of originCanada
United States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Curtis Petersen
CinematographyDavid Mitchell
Curtis Petersen
Editor(s)Eduardo Martinez
Mitchell Lackie
Running time90 mins
Production company(s)Alliance Atlantis
Peace Arch Entertainment Group
DistributorAnchor Bay Entertainment (US)
Momentum Pictures (UK)
Original release2006
Preceded byUnder Heavy Fire

The film is the third in Sidney J. Furie's Vietnam War trilogy along with 1977's The Boys in Company C and 2001's Under Heavy Fire, resembling Oliver Stone and his Vietnam War trilogy of 1986's Platoon, 1989's Born on the Fourth of July and 1993's Heaven & Earth.


30 years since the Fall of Saigon, Ray Watson (played by Bobby Hosea from Under Heavy Fire), a Vietnam War veteran now working as a state senator, returns to Vietnam once again. When he arrives at his hotel room, he gets an unexpected visit from another veteran (played by Michael Ironside), who claims to be one of Ray's old comrades from Echo Company. Ray doesn't remember him, so he starts to remind him about the time that they served together. Meanwhile, Sara Reid (played by Ally Sheedy) from the Vietnam Veterans Action Committee in Washington, DC, along with a few government agents, are in the hotel opposite secretly listening in to the conversation between the two veterans as they are assigned to search for a missing soldier.

The character played by Michael Ironside is Doc Jordan, from the original film, Under Heavy Fire. The scenes taken from that film and used in The Veteran as background color for the story star Austin Farwell as the young Doc Jordan, who went missing in the battle of Hue in Under Heavy Fire. Austin Farwell is not acknowledged in the credits of The Veteran although the central character is based upon his original portrayal of Doc Jordan.

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