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Gardens of Stone (1987)

 -  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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Betty Rae
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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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It was a dangerous time to be young. An impossible time to be a hero. See more »

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Drama | War | Romance

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8 May 1987 (USA)  »

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Gardens of Stone  »

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$5,262,047 (USA)
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Trivia

The role of Pete Deveber - played by Elias Koteas - was originally to be played by Gian-Carlo Coppola, the director's son, who tragically died in a boating accident months before filming. Koteas, who got Coppola's role, felt very uncomfortable while shooting the movie because he knew that he was replacing Gian-Carlo in a film directed by his father, who just lost his son. See more »

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The name tags on uniforms are white US Army changed to subdued (black letters on olive drab tabs) in 1967, but in 1969 all soldiers are still wearing the old style. See more »

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Clell Hazard: The peace loving people of Vietnam, My Ass. A more bellicose race of people i have never known
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Break on Through (To the Other Side)
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Coppola's "Other" Vietnam movie
13 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a great movie and it makes a very interesting pairing with Apocalypse Now to achieve Coppola's complete take on the Vietnam war. While Apocalypse Now was a surrealistic view of the front lines and insanity of war, Gardens of Stone is pulls no punches with a realistic portrayal of the home front, which presented its own type of warfare during Vietnam. As the other reviewers said, the acting is top notch throughout. Caan and Jones are perfect, but I disagree with the comments about Masterson and Huston. Theirs are key supporting roles and critical to the success of the movie. Huston is especially good in her scenes with Caan to bring the story full circle. This is an overlooked gem and highly recommended.


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