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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.


(as Francis Coppola)


(novel), (screenplay)
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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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8 May 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jardines de piedra  »


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The nickname of Regimental Sergeant Major Nelson (James Earl Jones) was "Goody". See more »


Sgt. Major Nelson isn't wearing the National Defense Service medal ribbon. Created in 1953, he should have it and a star attachment denoting his service during Korea and Vietnam. See more »


"Goody" Nelson: You ever take biology in school, soldier?
Jackie Willow: Yes, Sergeant-Major.
"Goody" Nelson: How do worms copulate?
Jackie Willow: They don't, Sergeant-Major; they use asexual reproduction.
"Goody" Nelson: Mmmm-hmmmm! Interesting concept! Tell me, Willow - any idea who first came up with that notion: reproducing without sex?
Jackie Willow: Your wife, Sergeant-Major?
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forgotten film
17 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is a very underrated movie and belongs up there with some of Francis Ford Coppola's best movies. The movie has a great cast that includes James Caan, Anjelica Huston, James Earl Jones, Dean Stockwell and several more people. Caan plays a solider who fought in Korea and Vietnam but is now in charge of Arlington national Cemetery and wants to train young soldiers going into Vietnam but is turned down. Huston is Caan's girlfriend and Jones is his friend who fought with him in Vietnam and now serves with him. Stockwell is the man in charge and D.B. Sweeney is a young soldier who can't wait to get to Vietnam. It's a really great movie that is one of Coppola's best films.

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