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Purple Hearts (1984)

R  |   |  Drama, War  |  31 August 1984 (West Germany)
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In middle of the Vietnam war a Navy surgeon and a nurse fall in love while serving in Vietnam during the war. Their affection for one another provides a striking contrast to the violence of warfare.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Jardian
Deborah Solomon
Jill (as Hillary Bailey)
Lt. Col. Larimore
Lane Smith ...
Cmdr. Markel
James Whitmore Jr. ...
CIA Driver (as Kevin Elders)
Sydne Squire ...
Nurse (as Sydney Squire)
David Brass ...
Lt. Grayson (as David Bass)


In middle of the Vietnam war a Navy surgeon and a nurse fall in love while serving in Vietnam during the war. Their affection for one another provides a striking contrast to the violence of warfare.

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Dr. Don Jardian. Age: 29. Surgeon. Drafted. Vietnam. Nothing could have prepared him for the danger, the fear, the violence ... or the woman.


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31 August 1984 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

The Soldier  »

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The picture opens with a dedication to the 347,304 Purple Heart recipients from the Vietnam War. See more »


Lt. Don Jardian (Ken Wahl) is seen saluting a superior officer while uncovered (with his cap or hat removed). Naval services do not salute while uncovered. Later, he is seen covered (wearing his uniform cap) while visiting nurse Deborah Solomon (Cheryl Ladd) in sick bay. Naval service personnel remove their covers indoors and are particularly forbidden to wear them in sick bay or a chow hall. See more »


Zuma: Are you going to eat that rice?
Don Jardian: I had to kill a man to get this rice.
Zuma: Yeah, and the whole fucking valley heard you do it, too.
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Love and War, a strong combination.
30 January 2004 | by (Holland) – See all my reviews

A surprisingly good warmovie.

It has realistic battle scenes, competent acting plus it shows the Vietnam war from the medics' and doctors' point of view. The romance was believable and Cheryl Ladd was always a decent actress (and good-looking).

Battle scene highlights: the NVA assault on a USMC firebase. Those Marines' bloodlust was on a par with the NVA's!

I don't like chicks' movies, or *romantic* movies. I do agree however, that nearly all warmovies need a healthy dose of realistic romance. 'Purple Hearts' provides us with just that.

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