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
It was a dangerous time to be young. An impossible time to be a hero.
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Did You Know?
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
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
The peace loving people of Vietnam, My Ass. A more bellicose race of people i have never known
Featured in Hollywood Vietnam
Break on Through (To the Other Side)
Written by The Doors
Performed by The Doors
Courtesy of Electra/Asylym Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products See more