Films : Shakey’s Hill

Shakey’s Hill

A Norman Lloyd Film

Completed, 2007

In 1970, one cameraman followed a battalion of American soldiers into the jungles of Cambodia. The mission was to seek out substantial weapons/supplies caches being used by the North Vietnamese Army during the Vietnam War. As the battalion closed in on the location of the caches, they encountered a growing resistance from the North Vietnamese forces. Surreal footage and intimate interviews take audiences through each firefight leading up to the operation's climax, which became infamously known as the taking of “Shakey's Hill.” The hill was named after the battalion's youngest soldier, who lost his life discovering the first cache. The discovery of the massive caches is considered one of the most successful operations of the American Forces, during the war.

The film contains interviews from the field, in 1970, as well as retrospective interviews with the soldiers collected in 2004, exploring not only the events leading up to the mission's success, but also the after effects of war, on the soldiers, some 35 years later.

To purchase a DVD of this film, please visit Shakey’s Hill Official Website.

  • Thank you, Norman, for bringing to the screen a poignant film that helps me to better understand a time in my husband’s life that is seldom discussed but always remembered.
- EMILIE THOMAS
WIFE OF VIETNAM VETERAN, JACK THOMAS
5TH BATTALION, 7TH CAVALRY
  • This Documentary is the most authentic, ungussied-up, riveting depiction one could imagine of what soldiers endure in actual combat and how they bond to overcome their fears and stay alive. Every American should see it. By filming alongside a unit in Cambodia’s jungle in 1970, Norman Lloyd...has produced a seminal achievement. With this film story, he has taught us why we must always support our soldiers — even when we might not support the leadership or policy that sent them to war.
- SYDNEY SANBERG
PULITZER PRIZE WINNER