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In northern villages of Seoul in Korea, where abandoned US military campsite were based are people who have died and survived. In a search of secrets hidden in these declining villages, their memories intermingle and unfold.
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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"Tour of Duty" was one of the few truly great TV series ever produced. The show has so many good qualities, it is hard to know where to begin. First off, the writing is almost always top-drawer. Plots are often completely unpredictable, regular characters die, an intelligent audience is assumed. Of the fifty-eight episodes filmed, there may be 2 or 3 that are not of the highest caliber.
As for acting, it couldn't be better. All roles are perfectly cast and the mostly superior acting talents involved bring tremendous depth to their textured characters. These people all seem so real. It is, in fact, surprising how few of these cast members have been heard from again. Terence Knox, Stephen Caffrey, Miguel Nunez, Tony Becker, Stan Foster, John Dye, Carl Weathers, Lee Majors and others are simply unforgettable. The viewer follows them through some of the most harrowing and moving plot developments ever conceived for the TV medium. When, in the end, the "Tour" is over, there is an almost overwhelming sense of sadness and loss at seeing these marvelous characters depart. This series concentrates on the relationships that form between men in the military/combat environment. The point is made several times that these people have learned to care about each other and that this bond is what gives meaning to their mission.
A brilliant, wrenching credit to the power of television. "Tour of Duty" should be seen by all.
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