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Purple Hearts (1984) Poster

(1984)

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The picture opens with a dedication to the 347,304 Purple Heart recipients from the Vietnam War.
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The film's title, "Purple Hearts", refers to one of the highest military decorations that can be awarded to a soldier of the US military, "Being wounded or killed in any action against an enemy of the United States or as a result of an act of any such enemy or opposing armed forces". About forty years before this film was made, another Hollywood movie utilized the medal as a movie's title, with the release of the World War II picture The Purple Heart (1944).
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Second of two and final [to date, June 2014] of two movies that have featured actors Ken Wahl and Annie McEnroe. The first had been about four years earlier with Running Scared (1980).
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Sidney J. Furie performed a number of roles on this picture. Furie was a co-writer, the head producer and the director.
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Third of five Vietnam War cinema movies made between the late 1970s and late 1980s that featured actor R. Lee Ermey. The films include Purple Hearts (1984), Apocalypse Now (1979), Full Metal Jacket (1987) The Boys in Company C (1978) and The Siege of Firebase Gloria (1989).
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Second of two Vietnam War cinema movies that director Sidney J. Furie co-wrote and directed in about six years the earlier film being The Boys in Company C (1978). Furie also directed another many years later, The Veteran (2006), but made-for-television.
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Actor R. Lee Ermey was actually a Marine Corps Drill Instructor from 1965-68.
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Movie posters for the film featured a long blurb that read: "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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First of two consecutive back-to-back war movies for actor Ken Wahl whose next film would be the World War II tele-film The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission (1985).
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The lead female role of Deborah Solomon was played by Cheryl Ladd with the name of the production company producing the film being "The Ladd Company". The sharing of the same "Ladd" name was apparently purely a coincidence.
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Rick Natkin:  The co-writer-associate producer as a Hospital MP.
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