Based on the diary of an unknown Viet Cong soldier, this film provides a sympathetic look at a Viet Cong soldier who protected a captured American soldier whom he believed did not kill him ... See full summary »
This war drama (which prefigures the later "Full Metal Jacket") follows the lives of five young Marine inductees from their training in boot camp in 1967 through a tour in Vietnam in 1968 that quickly devolves into a hellish nightmare. Disheartened by futile combat, appalled by the corruption of their South Vietnamese ally, and constantly endangered by the incompetence of their own company commander, the young men find a possible way out of the war. They are told that if they can defeat a rival soccer team, they can spend the rest of their tour playing exhibition games behind the lines. But as they might have predicted, nothing in Vietnam is as simple as it seems. Written by
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The Drill Instructor Sergeant Loyce, is played by R. Lee Ermey, who was actually a Marine Corps Drill Instructor from 1965-68. See more »
When Washington calls in the fake incident report from OP 4 and is getting ready to shoot the Captain with the .50 cal, Lt. Archer uses his M-16 to push the barrel of the .50 up in the air. In the shots looking at Lt. Archer, there is no magazine in the M-16, but, when his back is to the camera, there is a magazine in place. See more »
I guess if you took this movie literally then you would feel that it is a stupid war movie. However, if you saw that the Generals represented a bureaucracy focused more on statistical body counts than what was actually happening on the ground you would see that this film had a good message to it. This was by no means a great film, but it was a very good film. Basically, the film shows how the men on the ground genuinely wanted to help the people in country and also wanted to get out alive. This film, like Apocalypse Now and Catch 22, show the double edged sword of war in the name of peace.
And as to the "civilians might like this film" comment above, well, I'm a United States Army Veteran and I liked it.
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