Impressive performance by unknown actors in this low-budget Vietnam drama. The story is being told in the form of a documentary; a camera team follows an Army unit in pursuit of 'Charlie'. ... See full summary »
Patrick Sheane Duncan
A unit of American military advisors in Vietnam prior to the major U.S. involvement find similarities between their helpless struggle against the Viet Cong and the doomed actions of a ... 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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This is easily far and away the BEST movie made about the war. It is very VERY realistic, yet also points out the absurdity of how the war was fought to keep Dow Chemical and Colt Firearms in business. I was there for 18 months and believed in what I was doing, but we were sold out by the Government and Big Business and were sacrificed for a nation that didn't care about us, or even want to know what we were doing, for the most part. It also shows how very different types of people can change in their attitudes, like how Tyrone goes over a mercenary type, and comes to like and even respect his fellow jar-heads and dislike his old way of thinking. All in all, it's a great flick, and when the He** is it coming out on DVD?????????????????????? My VHS copy is falling apart! C'mon, Hollywood, put out a GOOD film for a change!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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