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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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Pete Deveber
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Sgt. Flanagan (as Larry Fishburne)
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Wildman
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Col. Feld
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Mrs. Feld
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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:

Jardines de piedra  »

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$5,262,047 (USA)
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The film's closing credits declare: "Special thanks to the Honor Guards and Bands of all Services: Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard, for their pride and devotion in attending the last call for their fallen comrades at Arlington National Cemetery". See more »

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During the scene of the Changing of the Guard you see the Tomb for the Unknown Soldier from the Vietnam War. This would not have been in place until after 1980, yet the Movie is set in the late 1960s. See more »

Quotes

"Goody" Nelson: You ever take biology in school, soldier?
Jackie Willow: Yes, Sergeant-Major.
"Goody" Nelson: How do worms copulate?
Jackie Willow: They don't, Sergeant-Major; they use asexual reproduction.
"Goody" Nelson: Mmmm-hmmmm! Interesting concept! Tell me, Willow - any idea who first came up with that notion: reproducing without sex?
Jackie Willow: Your wife, Sergeant-Major?
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Conflict, at home and abroad
25 January 2001 | by (Tampa) – See all my reviews

Francis Ford Coppola captures the sentiments of the time in this grossly underrated movie. The turmoil of the times are captured within the lives of 6 primary characters. James Caan, the cynical platoon Sargent. Angelica Houston, a corespondent and anti-war activist. James Earl Jones, a not so cynical Sargent-major, with a fun loving side. His wife, played by Lonette McKee, a senate aid. D.B. Sweeney as a budding young soldier, that sees his duty and tries to do it. Mary Stuart Masterson as the beautiful and vulnerable wife.

The interaction of the characters, shows the divisions that occurred within America at the time. also the loyalty of our soldiers to our country, and their comrades.

There is subtle lesson to be had from the movie, brought to us by the characters' interactions. We can agree to disagree and still love and support each other.


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