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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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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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8 May 1987 (USA)  »

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Der steinerne Garten  »

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Second consecutive movie in back-to-back years with Tri-Star Pictures for director Francis Ford Coppola whose previous movie had been 1986's Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) for that studio. See more »

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Much of the conversation in the film centers around how busy the Old Guard is because of the casualties from the Vietnam War. In truth, there are comparatively few Vietnam era graves at Arlington. Most soldiers were buried in their home towns. More Vietnam veterans were buried at Arlington after they died later in life than actual combat deaths. See more »

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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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