A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.

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Chris Taylor is a young, naive American who gives up college and volunteers for combat in Vietnam. Upon arrival, he quickly discovers that his presence is quite nonessential, and is considered insignificant to the other soldiers, as he has not fought for as long as the rest of them and felt the effects of combat. Chris has two non-commissioned officers, the ill-tempered and indestructible Staff Sergeant Robert Barnes and the more pleasant and cooperative Sergeant Elias Grodin. A line is drawn between the two NCOs and a number of men in the platoon when an illegal killing occurs during a village raid. As the war continues, Chris himself draws towards psychological meltdown. And as he struggles for survival, he soon realizes he is fighting two battles, the conflict with the enemy and the conflict between the men within his platoon. Written by Jeremy Thomson

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The first casualty of war is innocence.

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Drama | War

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6 February 1987 (USA)  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$137,963,328 (USA)
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The U.S. Department of Defense declined to co-operate in the making of the film. Military equipment was loaned from the Armed Forces of the Philippines. See more »

Goofs

The length on the soldier's cigar when they are in the bunker looking at the Viet Cong maps, right before the booby trap blows. See more »

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[first lines]
Pvt. Gardner: [seeing body bags] Oh, man. Is that what I think it is?
Sergeant: All right, you cheese-dicks, welcome to the Nam. Follow me!
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OH! SUSANNA
(1848) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Foster
Sung a cappella offscreen by 'Keith David'
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Excellent look at Vietnam
15 May 2002 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

This certainly rates as one of the best Vietnam films of all time. What I especially enjoyed was the realistic atmosphere of the film, entrenching the viewer into a world which seems surreal yet believable. Oliver Stone's real-life experience in Vietnam brought a gifted outlook to this film, one drawn by experience, not common Hollywood conventions. While this proved be a lesser film to the equally amazing Full Metal Jacket, it was not by much. The performances by Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen and John C. McGinley were exceptional, capturing the plight of the tortured soldiers.


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