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Gardens of Stone (1987)

R  |   |  Drama, War, Romance  |  8 May 1987 (USA)
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A sergeant must deal with his desires to save the lives of young soldiers being sent to Vietnam. Continuously denied the chance to teach the soldiers about his experiences, he settles for trying to help the son of an old army buddy.

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Rachel Feld
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Slasher Williams
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Betty Rae
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Lt. Webber
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Col. Godwin
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In the late 60s, during the Vietnam War, the idealistic soldier Jackie Willow arrives at Fort Meyer expecting to go to the Academy and then to the Vietnam War. Jackie is the son of a veteran sergeant and soon he becomes the protégé of the former friends of his father, Sergeant Clell Hazard and Sergeant Major 'Goody' Nelson. Jackie is promoted and gets married with his childhood friend Rachel Feld, to recommend Jackie to the Academy. He is promoted to lieutenant and asks to go to the Vietnam, returning to the Arlington National Cemetery. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The story of the war at home, and the people who lived through it. See more »

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Drama | War | Romance

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8 May 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der steinerne Garten  »

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$5,262,047 (USA)
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The film cast includes one Oscar winner: Anjelica Huston; and four Oscar nominees: James Earl Jones, James Caan, Laurence Fishburne and Dean Stockwell. See more »

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During the parade field ceremony sequence, the Old Guard is commanded to fix bayonets to the traditional beat of the drum. During this section, the salute gun battery is firing for each of the positions of the "fix bayonets" drill. This is incorrect. The salute gun battery does not fire at this time - they fire as part of honors for the dignitary on the reviewing stand, but not as part of "Fix Bayonets." See more »

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Clell Hazard: I am not a "peacenik", Captain; I just don't agree with the reasons behind this particular war, and I feel if we're gonna fight it we oughtta goddamn fight it right.
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12 September 1999 | by (Palacios, Texas) – See all my reviews

My oldest son spent 8 years in the Old Guard Delta Company from 1984-1992. He was fortunate to be ask to play the part of the guidon bearer ( the black Delta Company Flag ) in the movie, and also to help instruct the actors in how to dress, stand, march ect. The movie was a masterpiece that covers just how it was for troops state side while the war was raging in Asia . My son said " Coppola did a superb job of following military protocol to make the film as real as possible " The story line is so right on. Coppola has another winner in my books. I thought the movie was very moving, lacking in nothing .

It was tragic that Coppola's son was killed in a boating accident while out with Ryan Oneal's son during the making of this excellent movie.

As you can tell I'm not a professional writer, but I just had to say something about how good this film is


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