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.


(as Francis Coppola)


(novel), (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Capt. Homer Thomas
Rachel Feld
Slasher Williams
Betty Rae
Lt. Webber
Pete Deveber
Sgt. Flanagan (as Larry Fishburne)
Col. Feld
Mrs. Feld
Erik Holland ...
Col. Godwin


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 »


Drama | War | Romance


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Release Date:

8 May 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jardines de piedra  »

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$5,262,047 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Second picture about the Vietnam War directed by Francis Ford Coppola. The first had been 1979's Apocalypse Now (1979) around eight years earlier. See more »


The flag on Willow's casket is improperly positioned while it sits at the altar in the cemetery chapel. The blue field should be at the back left corner of the casket (the blue field is always over the deceased's head, and the deceased's head is always to the left) See more »


"Goody" Nelson: Clell, Old Boy, you mean you haven't told the lady? Why Madam,we are the Old Guard. We are the Nation's Toy Soldiers. We march with rifles that cannot shoot. We fix bayonets that cannot stick. We are the Kabuki theater of the profession of arms.Jesters in the court of Mars, God of War, do-da, do-da.
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Featured in Hollywood Vietnam (2005) See more »


Streets of Laredo
Sung by Goody, Willow and Hazard as they return from the bar to the barracks after the fight.
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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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