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


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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  »

Box Office


$5,262,047 (USA)

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Did You Know?


First feature film in five years for actor James Caan who previous picture had been 1982's Kiss Me Goodbye (1982) with Sally Field and Jeff Bridges. Reportedly, Caan hated working on that movie so much that he did not make another film for five years until Gardens of Stone (1987). See more »


When Sgt Goody Nelson reads the Army Digest, re Wildman's award of the Medal of Honor, and opens it for Hazard to read, the date of the citation is 1966, even though the film takes place in 1968 and 1969. See more »


Clell Hazard: The peace loving people of Vietnam, My Ass. A more bellicose race of people i have never known
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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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Excellent Coppola Film
13 March 2001 | by (Denver, Colorado) – See all my reviews

An excellent film. The subject matter is not one that I thought would hold my attention....but I was wrong. The characters in this movie will involve you in their lives, so be prepared to stay awhile. The writing is first-rate. But I was most impressed with the directorial abilities of Coppola....and here's the reason why: he reined in the actors so that they gave marvelous, realistic performances (James Caan and Dean Stockwell are not always the most subtle of performers - but here, they are perfect). There is one exception - Coppola allows Angelica Huston to shine, and brings her out to full advantage (what is the opposite of 'reining in?'). For all the actors to turn in such great portrayals says something about the director, I think.

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