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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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It was a dangerous time to be young. An impossible time to be a hero. 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 (USA)
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The nick-name of Regimental Sergeant Major Nelson (James Earl Jones) was "Goody". See more »

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The movie is set in 1968, but in the parade ground scene, the extras in the crowd clearly have 1980s-era hairstyles. See more »

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Clell Hazard: I am not a "peacenik", Captain; I just don't agree with the reasons behind this particular war, and I feel if we're gonna fight it we oughtta goddamn fight it right.
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Break on Through (To the Other Side)
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Courtesy of Electra/Asylym Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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An alternative Vietnam film showing only emotional combat.
15 March 1999 | by (Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA) – See all my reviews

After 'Apocalypse Now', it's hard to believe that this film was directed by Francis Ford Coppola with such sensitivity. Truly a testament that in many ways demonstrates that Coppola is one of film's greatest directors.

This film shows the lives of many different people and their backgrounds in opposing the Vietnam war. James Caan is a military officer working as a home guard at Arlington National Cemetery during the casualties of America's most tragic conflict. It shows his relationship with Anjelica Huston and James Earl Jones as his closest friends. D.B. Sweeney and Mary Stuart Masterson are great as the younger and more naive observers of the times.

Part documentary style, part sentiment and all inclusive drama showcase its impact in a more sedated manner than most other films dealing with its subject but worth a look as an alternative.


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