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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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(novel), (screenplay)
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Rachel Feld
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Betty Rae
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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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8 May 1987 (USA)  »

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$5,262,047 (USA)
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Griffin O'Neal was originally cast as Pete Deveber, but was replaced when Francis Ford Coppola's son, Gian-Carlo Coppola, was killed in a speedboating accident in May 1986 in Annapolis, Maryland. O'Neal, who was driving the boat while using drugs, had attempted to pass between two slow-moving boats, failing to realize in his haste that both boats were connected by a very long towline. While O'Neal barely had time to duck, young Coppola was struck, throwing his body to the metal deck, sustaining head injuries whereby he died instantly. O'Neal was later charged with manslaughter over the tragedy. He was ultimately fined $200 and sentenced to 18 months probation in 1987, eventually receiving an 18-day jail sentence for not performing 400 hours of community service as ordered. A law was later passed requiring short towlines between boats. At the time of his death, Coppola's fiancée, Jaqueline De La Fontaine, was two months pregnant with their only daughter, Gian-Carla Coppola, who was born on January 1, 1987. 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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Break on Through (To the Other Side)
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One of the best military movies ever.
22 March 1999 | by (Indianapolis, IN) – See all my reviews

I spent 6 years in the military. And while I never saw combat, I can say, that this was a well made movie. It dealt with the issues of a war, that nobody liked. And it did so, from a different point of view. It was that point of view that made Gardens of Stone on of my personal favorites. Ever detail of this movie was authentic. From the spit shine of the boots to the characters that both James Caan and James Earl Jones played. It was truly, on of the most realistic military movies ever made. Brilliant. Truly brilliant. Francis Ford made a movie, that was true to life, A movie that didn't choose a side on one of America's darkest moments. Ever character in this movie was well thought out, right down to the last detail of each actor. I joined a movie rental store,

solely because they had a copy of this movie.


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