A drama series set at an American base during the Vietnam War. Rather than focusing on the battle scenes that made up most other portrayals of the war, this show looked at the everyday ... See full summary »
Lt. Col. Iceal "Ham" Hambleton is a weapons countermeasures expert and when his aircraft is shot over enemy territory the Air Force very much wants to get him back. Hambleton knows the area... See full summary »
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
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This series offers an unflinching look at the "tours of duty" of several members of a platoon during the Vietnam War. Death is inevitable in war, and major characters do die. The protagonists face the Viet Cong, social disapproval, and sometimes themselves over the course of the series. Written by
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Tan Son Nhut air base, the base camp for the second season, is depicted as a relatively quiet location set amongst woods and hills. In fact, it was - then as now - Saigon's international airport, and one of the busiest airbases in the world at the time. It is located in a heavily built-up area, with neither woods nor hills. See more »
Private Danny Purcell:
Father, I just want to know what we're all doing in this godforsaken excuse of a country!
What we're doing here? Son, I'm here to give you comfort and support, but I'm often as confused as you are.
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Although I'm not a big fan of war-related films or TV shows, "Tour Of Duty" somehow managed to captivate my attention when it debuted back in 1987. In spite of network restrictions and regulations, the show gave viewers a gritty, "no-holds-barred" insight into the Vietnam War from the point of view of the American soldiers. To me, the characters were "real" as opposed to the the 1-dimensional stereotypes often found on TV; I actually cared about what happened to them. I faithfully watched the show until its conclusion in 1990, and still catch reruns of it in Canada whenever I can. I'm really hoping all of the episodes will eventually come out on videotape. In the future, I doubt there will ever be another series quite as enjoyable or poignant as "Tour Of Duty".
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