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’21 and a Wake-Up’ DVD News

Many thanks to the director, Chris McIntyre, for confirming some exciting news regarding 21 and a Wake-Up — the movie shall be making it’s way to Region 1 DVD on Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 25, 2010) and until then will only be showing in theatres. The latest area to show the movie is Chicago — with upcoming areas including Washington, DC & San Jose, CA — so be sure to check your local listings for the area if you’re interested in seeing Amy on the big screen again!

I’ll also be sure to keep you updated on the DVD specifications. In the meanwhile, I’ve added a brand new one sheet for the film to the gallery. A preview is to your right & the gallery link is below, enjoy!

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Artwork & Posters

First American Film Ever Shot in Vietnam to Be Released in D.C. Area

The director of 21 and a Wake-Up, Chris McIntyre, has issued a media invition to the Press to view a screening of the film in the DC area; details are as follows. It’s looking like theatres for this movie shall be expanding from the Chicago area very shortly!

Dear Hard Charging Journalist,

If you are available this coming Tuesday evening, December 8th, I’d like to invite you and a guest to a VIP and Press screening of a new film about the Vietnam War unlike anything you have ever seen.

“21 AND A WAKEUP” is the very first American motion picture about the War ever allowed by the Vietnamese Government to film on location in Vietnam.

This is not an anti-American screed, but a fair and balanced look at the war seen through the eyes of doctors, nurses, soldiers and newsmen at the 24th Evac Hospital, the last major Army Hospital in the south to close in ’71 and ’72.

It’s been called “The Best Portrayal of Women at War ever put on Film…”

It dramatizes the heroic daily lives of men and women stationed on major military bases who were not slogging through rice paddies. The daily brutality of the War from a grunt’s perspective has already been depicted in many films, though none shot in Vietnam.

It contains shots from the Vietnamese national archives never before seen in the west.

We have an excellent cast of widely respected actors, including Amy Acker, Danica McKellar, Faye Dunaway, Tom Sizemore, JC Chasez, Wes Studi, Ed Begley, Jr, Ben Vereen, Andre Royo and Tim Thomerson.

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’21 and a Wake-Up’ Review

Several reviews for 21 and a Wake-Up have popped up online and I’m afraid they’re not very complimentary. Below is an extract of one of the lengthier reviews, courtesy of the Post-Tribune.

I learn that Chris McIntyre served in Vietnam and that “21 and a Wakeup,” set in an Army hospital in the waning days of the war, is based on events he experienced and heard about. I’m sure his motivations were heartfelt, but his film is awkward and disjointed, and outstays its welcome.

It stars Amy Acker as a dedicated young Army nurse named Caitlin Murphy, assigned to an Army combat field hospital. She considers her profession a vocation, as indeed it is. Vocations and an Army career don’t always go hand-in-hand, and bureaucracy often wins out. Enforcing the Army Way is the uptight and unfortunately named Maj. Rose Thorn (Faye Dunaway), who seems opposed to innovation, improvisation, inspiration and any other inclinations Caitlin might have in mind.

… Amy Acker and other leading characters have been well-cast in equally badly written roles.

Maybe I’m being too cynical. Perhaps I’ll hear from nurses who served in Vietnam and inform me it was just like this. Even if it was, it plays like an assortment of stories that someone might tell you, “You ought to make movie about that someday.”(Chris) McIntyre has enlisted an experienced cast, including Ed Begley Jr., Wes Studi and Ben Vereen, and while Vereen creates a convincing human, none of them create convincing characters.

’21 and a Wake-Up’ Stills & Posters

Thanks to the official website, I’ve been able to add several posters and over 030 stills and behind the scenes images of Amy in 21 and a Wake-Up — a lot of the images you may recognise from the trailers, but as a treat, many are brand new! Gallery links and previews are below, enjoy!

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Behind the Scenes
Production Stills

’21 and a Wake-Up’ Chicago Screening

The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that there was a screening of 21 and a Wake-Up last night (Oct. 29) and Amy was expected to attend. No images have surfaced just yet, but I’ll be sure to keep my eyes peeled!

There’s a special ”meet ‘n’ greet” event at the AMC River East tonight for ”21 and a Wakeup,” Chicagoan Chris McIntyre’s film about the doctors and nurses at the 24th EVAC hospital in Vietnam in the waning days of the war. The movie, based on real events, is the first U.S. film allowed to be shot on location in Vietnam. Stars Amy Acker and Danica McKellar are scheduled to be at tonight’s screening, along with Chicago cast members Abby Lee, Alison Henry, Harley Reeder and Anna Hagopian. Also there will be McIntyre and Dr. Marvin Wayne, whose stories provided the basis for McIntyre’s script.

Update: The official website is stating that an exclusive Chicago premiere of 21 and a Wake-Up will begin today, Oct. 30 — be sure to visit the ‘theatre’ sections for the available theatres in the area. Don’t hesitate to leave a comment to let us know what you thought of the movie and Amy’s performance!

’21 and a WakeUp’ Chicago Screenings & Commercial

Thanks to Lisa for the heads up! A mini movie site for 21 and a Wake Up has been launched where you can view a new “60 second commercial” & send an email to receive free tickets to the Sunday preview screenings — there are 3 in total; August 2, August 16 and August 30 — if you do manage to attend, I’m sure the fans would appreciate a comment on the movie & Amy’s performance.

Thus, I’ve added a handful of screencaptures from the commercial to the gallery — featuring some new scenes with Amy, and are much better quality caps than the previous trailer — link and previews are below, enjoy!

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60 Second Commercial Screencaptures

Behind the Scenes of ’21 And a Wake Up’

Thanks to the MySpace page of Amy’s co-star, Kristyn Green, I’ve added over 030 images to the gallery from behind the scenes of 21 And a Wake Up — Amy looks lovely and the shots give us further insight into what the movie may be like; personally, I think it looks good. Gallery link and previews are below, enjoy!

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Behind the Scenes

’21 And a Wake-Up’ 2009 Release?

Apparently there was a showing of 21 And a Wake-Up on January 4 in Bellingham; I would have posted about this sooner but I had to do some digging to find the original article — thanks to Lisa for the heads up!

The article is also reporting that, “Director Chris McIntyre is using showings in Bellingham and other cities to perfect the movie before it opens in theaters across the country in February.”


I’ll be sure to keep you up to date on any additional news, although it may not be too much to hope for an official website if the movie will be getting a theatrical release!

’21 and a Wake Up’ Media

Apologies for the delay in adding these, but hey, better late than never! You may have noticed that I added over 130 screencaptures to the gallery from the trailer of 21 and a Wake Up last month — they are terribly low quality but nothing else seems to have been released, unfortunately.

In addition to this, I’ve added an on-set image to the gallery — huge thanks to CNEIL for allowing me to repost the image. Click on the link for his story on being an extra; only a short extract relating to Amy can be found, but all in all, it’s a lovely read. Gallery links and previews are below, enjoy!

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On the Set