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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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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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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
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the parade field ceremony sequence, the announcer says, "The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps is led today by Drum Major Phipps." When this movie was shot, one of the actual Drum Majors of the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps at the time, was Sergeant First Class Steven Phipps, and he was leading the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps for that scene in the movie. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Jackie Willow: [over the phone]
[shouts]
Jackie Willow: Hey, Sarge! I need another favor.
Clell Hazard: [shouts] Oh, great. Let's see... you got my money, you got my car. I guess now you need my dick to seal the deal!
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Gardens of Stone/The River's Edge (1987) See more »

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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
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A terrific , touching , well acted film .
26 July 2007 | by See all my reviews

Being a former drill instructor , I can testify to the fine portrayal of the lead character by Mr. Caan . The entire film is an excellent depiction of the dedicated military man , without the usual condemnation of the military in general , so often found in films made since the Viet Nam conflict . The acting , in general , is superb , making the characters believable and the story touching . It is certainly one of Mr. Caan's finest roles and he is accompanied by a terrific cast who contribute magnificently to the overall effectiveness of the story telling . I have seen this film a number of times and will continue to do so on a periodic basis , because of the subject matter and the acting in it. It is highly recommended !!!


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