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Gardens of Stone (1987)

R | | Drama, War, Romance | 8 May 1987 (USA)
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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(novel), (screenplay)
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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)  »

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Jardines de piedra  »

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$5,262,047 (USA)
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The film was a "screen comeback after a decade of unsuccessful films" for actor James Caan according to 'Rating the Movies'. See more »

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After the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps performs the "Troop Step" in the parade field ceremony scene, there are four bass drum beats before the Fife and Drum Corps steps off to "Yankee Doodle." In actuality there are only 2 bass drum beats before the Fife and Drum Corps Steps off from the Troop Step into "Yankee Doodle." See more »

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"Goody" Nelson: Clell, Old Boy, you mean you haven't told the lady? Why Madam,we are the Old Guard. We are the Nation's Toy Soldiers. We march with rifles that cannot shoot. We fix bayonets that cannot stick. We are the Kabuki theater of the profession of arms.Jesters in the court of Mars, God of War, do-da, do-da.
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Streets of Laredo
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Sung by Goody, Willow and Hazard as they return from the bar to the barracks after the fight.
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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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