Synopses & Reviews
Choppers Up! is a story of war and its futility, the young lives wasted and the devastation of landscapes and families. Warrant Officer Timothy D. Dundee is a very young helicopter pilot in an assault company in the US Army during the Vietnam War. His encounters give a graphic account of day-to-day life in combat. In his Army unit there is action, love, sex and simple military humor typical of that found in the jungles of Vietnam with men trying to do a job against impossible odds.
The parallel story of Vietnamese activist Dinh Chau and his sister Nguyen provides a fascinating contrast, showing life on the other side. It also highlights the conflict among the country's people and the uncertainity of their nation.
The Saigon River Massacre changes Timothy's perception of the honorable war. The order is given to destroy a Sampan (steamship) loaded with civilian women and children. The haunting memory of children in his gun sight changes Timothy's whole outlook on life. Clandestine Spook missions, in Cambodia add to Timothy's discomfort and loathing of this unwinable war in Vietnam.
Timothy Dundee, a young US army helicopter pilot of the Vietnam War attempts to overcome the incongruities of this unwinable war, while his Vietnamese counterpart, Dinh Chau, plots his destruction.