A Rumor of War (1980)

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The memories of a US private in Vietnam who slowly gets disillusioned as the war progresses.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Philip 'Phil' Caputo
Lt. Murph McCoy
Lt. Walter Cohen
Gen. Merle Rupert
Sgt. Ned Coleman
John Friedrich ...
Cpl. Pascarella
Capt. Peterson
Lane Smith ...
Sgt. Willliam Holgren
Cpl. Kazmarak
Col. Atherton
Maj. Ball
Phillip R. Allen ...
Col. Perry (as Phillip Allen)


The memories of a US private in Vietnam who slowly gets disillusioned as the war progresses.

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24 September 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bagliori di guerra  »

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This was one of my favorite books when I first read it overseas as a young Marine grunt back in 1978. When I returned stateside just a year later I ,along with seven other Marines from my unit, was chosen to serve as an extra in this Phil Caputo movie which was filmed (mostly) just south of Mexico City. Owning an original VHS copy, I wanted to also obtain a DVD copy of the original cut. The problem is that the DVD copy that I bought online (same that's pictured here on IMDb - not the original cover) is an edited/foreign version with subtitles. Since then I've had my VHS copy burned to DVD, but I wish could find the original cut on DVD (professionally done). Oh, and my other beef with this foreign cut that sells online is that they cut out my only speaking scene with Lt. Cohen (Michael O'Keefe)...sad. Aside from the experience of being in the movie, I really enjoyed the final product as I thought it brought a lot of realism (both Marine Corps and Vietnam) to the screen. If you get a chance to see the original cut, I believe you'll enjoy it as I did.

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