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Gardens of Stone -- A war-toughened sergeant (James Caan) passionately longs to train soldiers for fighting in Vietnam,but instead is assigned to a special division away from the battle zone, but the sergeant's girlfriend (Anjelica Huston) is a Washington Post reporter fervently against the war.
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Nicholas Proffitt (novel)
Ronald Bass (screenplay)
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Release Date:
8 May 1987 (USA) See more »
It was a dangerous time to be young. An impossible time to be a hero. See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Very good, but not as good as The Deer Hunter See more (32 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Caan ... Sgt. Clell Hazard

Anjelica Huston ... Samantha Davis

James Earl Jones ... 'Goody' Nelson

D.B. Sweeney ... Jackie Willow

Dean Stockwell ... Homer Thomas

Mary Stuart Masterson ... Rachel Feld

Dick Anthony Williams ... Slasher Williams

Lonette McKee ... Betty Rae

Sam Bottoms ... Lt. Webber

Elias Koteas ... Pete Deveber

Laurence Fishburne ... Sgt. Flanagan (as Larry Fishburne)

Casey Siemaszko ... Wildman

Peter Masterson ... Col. Feld

Carlin Glynn ... Mrs. Feld
Erik Holland ... Col. Godwin
Bill Graham ... Don Brubaker

Terrence Currier ... Editor
Terry Hinz ... Navy Captain
Lisa-Marie Felter ... Daughter
William Williamson ... Lieutenant Colonel
Joseph A. Ross Jr. ... General
Robert Frerichs ... Private
Grant Lee Douglass ... Blue Lieutenant
Mark Frazer ... Soldier #1
Terry Foster ... Soldier #2
Marshall Sizemore ... Soldier #6
Steve Barcanic ... Soldier #7
Hajna O. Moss ... Wedding Friend
Penny B. Ernst ... Arlington Woman
Arthur V. Gorman Jr. ... Chaplain
Louis Rangel ... A.N.C. Driver
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patricia Neff ... Cousin of Rachel Feld (uncredited)

Daniel R. Suhart ... French Waiter (uncredited)
Byron Trackwell ... Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by
Francis Ford Coppola  (as Francis Coppola)
Writing credits
Nicholas Proffitt (novel)

Ronald Bass (screenplay)

Produced by
Francis Ford Coppola .... producer (as Francis Coppola)
Jay Emmett .... executive producer
Michael I. Levy .... producer
Fred Roos .... executive producer
David Valdes .... co-executive producer
Stan Weston .... executive producer
Original Music by
Carmine Coppola 
Cinematography by
Jordan Cronenweth (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Barry Malkin 
Production Design by
Dean Tavoularis 
Art Direction by
Alex Tavoularis 
Set Decoration by
Gary Fettis 
Costume Design by
Willa Kim 
Judianna Makovsky 
Makeup Department
Anthony Cortino .... hair stylist
Philip Leto .... hair stylist (as Phil Leto)
Bernadette Mazur .... makeup artist
Monty Westmore .... makeup artist
Brad Wilder .... makeup artist
Production Management
David V. Lester .... unit production manager
Ted Zachary .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daniel R. Suhart .... second second assistant director (as Dan Suhart)
David Valdes .... first assistant director
Tena Psyche Yatroussis .... second assistant director (as Tena Yatroussis)
Art Department
Robert Angus .... set dresser
David F. Bornstein .... construction foreman (as David Bornstein)
Donald Krafft .... leadman
Douglas E. Madison .... property master (as Douglas Madison)
Douglas T. Madison .... assistant property master (as Douglas Madison Jr.)
James Michael Mullen .... set dresser
John J. Rutchland III .... construction foreman
George Stuart Jr. .... paint foreman (as George Stuart)
Samuel Verts .... assistant to production designer (as Sam Verts)
Sound Department
Andy Aaron .... additional sound recordist
Kim Aubry .... adr mixer
Richard Beggs .... sound designer
Richard Beggs .... supervising re-recording mixer
Tom Bellfort .... adr editor
David Franklin Bergad .... assistant sound editor (as David Bergad)
Gloria S. Borders .... supervising sound editor
Joseph F. Brennan .... boom operator (as Joe Brennan)
Thomas Causey .... sound mixer
Carlyn Montes De Oca .... assistant sound editor
Melissa Dietz .... assistant sound editor
Tim Holland .... sound effects editor
Richard Hymns .... sound effects editor
Mildred Iatrou .... assistant to sound designer (as Milly Iatrou)
Ronald Jacobs .... dialogue editor
Jenny Oznowicz .... apprentice sound editor (as Jenny Oz)
Michele Perrone .... assistant sound editor
Louise Rubacky .... adr editor
Paige Sartorius .... assistant sound editor
Robert Shoup .... foley editor
Randy Thom .... sound re-recording mixer
Dennie Thorpe .... foley artist
Marian Wilde .... foley editor
Stephen Sutter .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
John Frazier .... special effects supervisor
Robin Hauser .... special effects
Brad Bovee .... stunts
David Burton .... stunts
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... stunts (as Jeffrey Dashnaw)
George Fisher .... stunts
Phil H. Fravel .... stunts (as Phil Fravel)
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunt coordinator
Chad Randall .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Barone .... electrical best boy (as Thomas Barone)
Billy Beaird .... key grip
Bobby Brown .... first assistant camera (as Robert Brown)
Jeff Cronenweth .... second assistant camera
Sheldon Ehrlich .... best boy
Gary Holt .... gaffer (as Gary H. Holt)
Dan Lerner .... camera operator
Bing Sokolsky .... first assistant camera
Monte Swann .... video playback operator
Rodney Veto .... dolly grip
George Voellmer .... photographer: snow sequences
Jürgen Vollmer .... still photographer
Ira Brenner .... camera operator: second camera (uncredited)
Tom Fox .... video assist operator (uncredited)
Bob E. Krattiger .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Ron Veto .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Aleta Chappelle .... local casting (as Aleta Wood-Chappelle)
Janet Hirshenson .... casting: west coast
Jane Jenkins .... casting: west coast
Davia Nelson .... casting assistant
Bonnie Timmermann .... casting: east coast
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marilyn Matthews .... costume supervisor
John Napolitano .... costume supervisor
Jennifer L. Parsons .... costumer (as Jennifer Parsons)
Michael Voght .... costumer
Editorial Department
Debra Bard .... first assistant film editor
John Gilroy .... second assistant film editor
Music Department
Jim Weidman .... music editor
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Randy White .... transportation coordinator
Steve Bonner .... production driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Mike Calloway .... advisor: army band (as Sgt. Mike Calloway)
Gus Carpenter .... electronic cinema
John Coley .... advisor: Ft. Belvoir (as Lt. Col. John Coley)
Gian-Carlo Coppola .... electronic cinema captain
Roman Coppola .... electronic cinema
Jeffrey Dienno .... advisor: Old Guard (as Maj. Jeffrey Dienno)
Tony Dingman .... defensive coordinator
Teri Fettis-D'Ovidio .... production coordinator (as Teri Fettis)
Wilma Garscadden-Gahret .... script supervisor
Karen Gordon .... production accountant
L.W. Green .... advisor: Old Guard (as Staff Sgt. L.W. Green)
Lynne Hale .... unit publicist
Marvin O. Herbaugh Jr. .... advisor: Ft. Belvoir (as Maj. Marvin O. Herbaugh Jr.)
John Horton .... military liaison
Nancy Hult Ganis .... unit publicist (as Nancy Hult)
Jim Kessler .... advisor: army band (as Sgt.Maj. Jim Kessler)
Murdo Laird .... electronic cinema
Chris Lockhart .... advisor: Old Guard (as Lt. Chris Lockhart)
Thomas MacHamer .... advisor: Old Guard (as Maj. Thomas MacHamer)
Doe Mayer .... video researcher
Alex Metcalf .... production assistant
Candice Miller .... assistant: Mr. Levy
John Myers .... army public affairs (as Lt.Col. John Myers)
Anahid Nazarian .... librarian
Peggy Pridemore .... production assistant
Mayda Renizzi-Holt .... assistant accountant
Kristen Ross .... production assistant
Catherine Schellhorn .... production secretary
David Shack .... first aid
Raymond G. Smith .... military liaison
Amy Lynette Speiser .... assistant production coordinator
Sara Ström .... assistant: Mr. Coppola (as Sara Strom)
John Taylor .... advisor: army band (as Sgt. Maj John Taylor)
Marilu Trainor .... advisor: Ft. Belvoir
Ricardo Whitson .... craft service
Lynne Wilkes .... assistant: Mr. Caan
Eric Neal Young .... location manager (as Eric Young)
Fern Baum .... development assistant (uncredited)
Gary Gutierrez .... title designer (uncredited)
Tom Trigo .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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111 min
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Did You Know?

Mary Stuart Masterson's character's parents are played by her real-life parents, Peter Masterson and Carlin Glynn.See more »
Continuity: When Sgt Goody Nelson reads the Army Digest, re Wildman's award of the Medal of Honor, and opens it for Hazard to read, the date of the citation is 1966, even though the film takes place in 1968 and 1969.See more »
"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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Hollywood Vietnam (2005) (TV)See more »
Georgy GirlSee more »


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7 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Very good, but not as good as The Deer Hunter, 21 December 2004
Author: Philip Van der Veken from Tessenderlo, Belgium

I thought I knew a lot of war movies or movies who's subject has something to do with war. When I think of Vietnam movies, I immediately think of Apocalypse Now, Platoon, Full Metal Jacket, Hamburger Hill, The Deer Hunter, Casualties of War... But Gardens of Stone was completely new to me.

When I have to compare it to one of the movies above, than I would compare it to The Deer Hunter. Both movies show the Vietnam war, without actually showing a lot of action. It's more about the families and friends that are left behind and about the soldiers that once served in Vietnam and came back as a completely different person.

While The Deer Hunter is one of my all time favorites, I can't say the same about Gardens of Stone. It's a very good movie, but it never is as touching and impressive as The Deer Hunter is. That doesn't mean that this movie isn't any good. It is, but in a different way...

It's about a young soldier who is serving in the Honor Guard, responsible for the burial ceremonies of all the soldiers who came back from Vietnam in a body bag. He doesn't want to do that job, he wants to go where the real action is, he wants to be in Vietnam harvesting honor and medals, which eventually will really happen to him, but at a certain cost.

Although I expected more from this movie, I have to say that I liked it. Thanks to the real action footage incorporated in the movie, the good acting by all the actors and the interesting story, this movie was certainly worth a watch. Too bad that it was a bit predictable. From the beginning on everyone who pays a little attention will know what will happen at the end of the movie. Nevertheless I still reward it with an 8/10

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