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Tracks (1977)

R | | Drama | April 1977 (USA)
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A soldier (Dennis Hopper) returns from Vietnam on special assignment, accompanying the body of his friend by train to California for burial. During the trip, he falls in love with a gentle ... See full summary »

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1st Sgt. Jack Falen
Taryn Power ...
Stephanie
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Mark
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Chloe
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The Man
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Gene
Michael Emil ...
Emile
Barbara Flood ...
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Cayle Chernin ...
Train Passenger
Vance Davis ...
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Nate Esformes ...
Train Steward
James Frawley ...
Train Passenger
Mary George ...
Train Passenger
Jim Gitter ...
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Kevin Hoffman
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A soldier (Dennis Hopper) returns from Vietnam on special assignment, accompanying the body of his friend by train to California for burial. During the trip, he falls in love with a gentle college student. But their relationship is shattered by his flashbacks to combat. Written by Linda Scheimann <scheiman@niia.net>

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The Vietnam war has just ended. But for Jack Falen, the battle is only beginning.

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The role of 1st Sgt. Jack Falen was originally meant for Jack Nicholson. See more »

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A train ride to Hell!
23 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was slightly perplexed that most of the other people who commented on this classic Dennis Hopper film either didn't understand the ending, or thought the ending was stupid. It's very clear to me.

This whole film is nothing more than a symbolic train ride to hell. The 1940s World War II-era soundtrack is a backdrop for a "popular" war. A war where the entire nation banded together to serve and defend their country. Dennis Hopper's character is a baby-boomer brought up with the backdrop of World War II, a war of honor. His "war" is the complete opposite; shunned and protested. He keeps constantly playing the old time music to help him reinforce his beliefs that his service in Viet-Nam was the good and decent thing to do. The people on the train are symbols of our nation; wrapped up in every their everyday lives, totally unconcerned or pre-occupied with the war which was so far away. The ending is a brutal statement that the only way the public could come to grips with the experiences with the combat veterans was to bring the horrors of the war back home. Tracks is an out-standing, yet controversial, and highly symbolic view on the horrors of the Viet-Nam War. Seems to me that this movie couldn't be re-made today; only updating it to the war in Iraq. How sad that some 30 years later, Tracks is still not an out-dated film about the horrors of war, and the public's indifference to the suffering of the soldiers fighting over there.


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