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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Release Date:
26 April 1988 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The trials of a weary nurse, her friends and colleagues in a Vietnam War field hospital. Full summary »
Awards:
Won Golden Globe. Another 24 wins & 46 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Thank You! See more (21 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 9 of 97)

Dana Delany ... Colleen McMurphy (61 episodes, 1988-1991)

Michael Boatman ... Pvt. Samuel Beckett (61 episodes, 1988-1991)

Robert Picardo ... Dr. Dick Richard (61 episodes, 1988-1991)

Concetta Tomei ... Maj. Lila Garreau (61 episodes, 1988-1991)

Marg Helgenberger ... K.C. Kolowski (61 episodes, 1988-1991)
Brian Wimmer ... Cpl. Boonie Lanier (61 episodes, 1988-1991)

Jeff Kober ... Sgt. Evan 'Dodger' Winslow (57 episodes, 1988-1991)
Nancy Giles ... Pvt. Frankie Bunsen / ... (53 episodes, 1988-1991)

Troy Evans ... Sgt. Pepper / ... (28 episodes, 1989-1991)
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Series Directed by
Mimi Leder (13 episodes, 1988-1991)
John Sacret Young (12 episodes, 1988-1991)
Christopher Leitch (5 episodes, 1988-1990)
Michael Fresco (4 episodes, 1989-1991)
Fred Gerber (4 episodes, 1989-1990)
Michael Ray Rhodes (4 episodes, 1989)
Rod Holcomb (3 episodes, 1988)
Steve Dubin (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Michael Katleman (2 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Writing credits
John Sacret Young (63 episodes, 1988-1991)
William Broyles Jr. (62 episodes, 1988-1991)
Carol Flint (19 episodes, 1988-1991)
John Wells (18 episodes, 1988-1991)
Lydia Woodward (14 episodes, 1989-1991)
Susan Rhinehart (7 episodes, 1988-1991)
Josef Anderson (5 episodes, 1989-1990)
Cathryn Michon (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Toni Graphia (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
Alan Brennert (2 episodes, 1989)
Patricia Green (2 episodes, 1989)
Georgia Jeffries (2 episodes, 1989)
Paris Qualles (2 episodes, 1990)

Series Produced by
John Sacret Young .... executive producer (62 episodes, 1988-1991)
Geno Escarrega .... co-producer / producer / ... (56 episodes, 1988-1991)
John Wells .... supervising producer / producer / ... (55 episodes, 1988-1991)
Fred Gerber .... producer / coordinating producer / ... (38 episodes, 1988-1990)
Mimi Leder .... producer / supervising producer (38 episodes, 1989-1991)
Christopher Nelson .... co-producer / associate producer (25 episodes, 1988-1991)
Georgia Jeffries .... supervising producer (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
Patricia Green .... supervising producer (17 episodes, 1988-1989)
Barbara Marshall .... associate producer / co-producer (17 episodes, 1990-1991)
Carol Flint .... producer (16 episodes, 1990-1991)
Lydia Woodward .... producer (16 episodes, 1990-1991)
Rod Holcomb .... supervising producer (6 episodes, 1988)
John Lugar .... producer (6 episodes, 1988)
Darryl Levine .... associate producer (6 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Original Music by
Paul Chihara (54 episodes, 1988-1991)
Shirley Walker (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
John Rubinstein (2 episodes, 1988-1991)
Geno Escarrega (2 episodes, 1990)
Nathan Wang (2 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Cinematography by
Richard Thorpe (27 episodes, 1989-1991)
John J. Connor (21 episodes, 1988-1989)
Francis Grumman (11 episodes, 1989-1990)
 
Series Film Editing by
Erwin Dumbrille (17 episodes, 1988-1991)
Jacque Elaine Toberen (16 episodes, 1988-1991)
Christopher Nelson (8 episodes, 1988-1991)
Randy Jon Morgan (8 episodes, 1988-1990)
Irvin Paik (4 episodes, 1990-1991)
Deborah Romare (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
Mort Fallick (2 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Casting by
John Frank Levey (60 episodes, 1988-1991)
Patricia Noland (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
 
Series Production Design by
Stephen Myles Berger (14 episodes, 1989-1990)
James William Newport (7 episodes, 1988)
Scott Ritenour (3 episodes, 1988)
Garreth Stover (3 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Art Direction by
Joe Wood (19 episodes, 1990-1991)
Chas. Butcher (13 episodes, 1988-1989)
Joseph M. Altadonna (4 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Charles Korian (1 episode, 1988)
 
Series Costume Design by
Paula Lynn Kaatz (60 episodes, 1988-1991)
Darryl Levine (23 episodes, 1988-1989)
 
Series Makeup Department
Susan Zietlow-Maust .... department head hair stylist (17 episodes, 1988-1989)
 
Series Production Management
Fred Gerber .... unit production manager (41 episodes, 1988-1990)
Paul Marks .... unit production manager (26 episodes, 1988-1991)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chip Vucelich .... second assistant director / first assistant director (32 episodes, 1989-1991)
Paul Marks .... second assistant director / first assistant director (23 episodes, 1988-1990)
Michael Katleman .... first assistant director (17 episodes, 1988-1990)
Mark S. Glick .... second assistant director (15 episodes, 1990-1991)
Deborah A. Dell'Amico .... first assistant director (7 episodes, 1988-1991)
Cynthia Convery .... second second assistant director (4 episodes, 1988)
Eric Jewett .... second assistant director / first assistant director (4 episodes, 1988)
Howie Horowitz .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1990)
Tom Davies .... first assistant director (3 episodes, 1988)
Rory Romero .... second assistant director (3 episodes, 1988)
Robert P. Cohen .... first assistant director (3 episodes, 1989)
Sharon Mann .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1988)
Edward Crocitto .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Art Department
Craig Raiche .... property master (1 episode, 1988)
Ron Reedy .... property assistant (1 episode, 1989)
 
Series Sound Department
Lowell Harris .... production sound mixer (63 episodes, 1988-1991)
John Agalsoff Jr. .... boom operator (56 episodes, 1988-1991)
Al Gomez .... foley mixer (31 episodes, 1988-1989)
Rusty Amodeo .... boom operator (10 episodes, 1988-1989)
Walter Newman .... sound editor (9 episodes, 1988-1991)
Richard Van Dyke .... production sound mixer (6 episodes, 1988)
Don Cahn .... re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
Jim Cook .... re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
Artie Torgersen .... re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
 
Series Special Effects by
Steve Purcell .... special effects (1 episode, 1988)
 
Series Stunts
Charles A. Tamburro .... stunt coordinator / aerial coordinator / ... (56 episodes, 1988-1991)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Jerry D. Knight .... electrician (22 episodes, 1989-1990)
Randy Shanofsky .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (22 episodes, 1989-1990)
Tom D. May .... key grip (7 episodes, 1988)
Damon Marcellino .... lighting technician (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
Vilmos Zsigmond .... photographer: special interview sequences (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
 
Series Casting Department
Donna Isaacson .... casting: New York (1 episode, 1988)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Paula Lynn Kaatz .... costumer: women (1 episode, 1988)
Darryl Levine .... costumer: men (1 episode, 1988)
Robert Stewart .... set costumer (1 episode, 1991)
 
Series Editorial Department
Roger La Prairie .... telecine colorist (39 episodes, 1989-1991)
Randy Jon Morgan .... supervising editor (19 episodes, 1989-1990)
Marc Wielage .... telecine colorist (11 episodes, 1988)
Christopher Nelson .... supervising editor (3 episodes, 1988)
Neal Krone .... trailer editor (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
 
Series Location Management
Michael E. Sexton .... location manager (46 episodes, 1989-1991)
Nancy Lazarus .... assistant location manager (5 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Music Department
John Rubinstein .... composer: theme / composer: main title theme (60 episodes, 1988-1991)
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist (44 episodes, 1989-1990)
Steve Livingston .... music editor (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
 
Series Transportation Department
Dave Robling .... transportation coordinator (1 episode, 1988)
 
Series Other crew
Bruce Nahin .... film commissioner (63 episodes, 1988-1991)
William Broyles Jr. .... executive consultant (62 episodes, 1988-1991)
Carol Flint .... executive story editor / story editor (39 episodes, 1988-1990)
Lydia Woodward .... executive script consultant (39 episodes, 1988-1990)
Josef Anderson .... story editor / executive story editor (29 episodes, 1989-1990)
Michael E. Sexton .... production assistant (17 episodes, 1988-1989)
Jan Rudolph .... script supervisor (10 episodes, 1990-1991)
Rosemarie Clemente-Johnstone .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1988)
Ann Donahue .... story editor (2 episodes, 1988)
Mimi Leder .... production consultant (2 episodes, 1989)
 

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Runtime:
60 min (60 episodes) | 120 min (pilot) | 120 min (series finale)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Several of the story lines and even some of the dialog were taken directly from the experiences and recollections of actual Vietnam era military nurses.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: McMurphy's pilot boyfriend is a Captain (wearing two silver bars on each shoulder) and has Command Pilot wings on his flight suit name tag (pilot's wings with a star surrounded by a wreath). To earn Command Pilot wings you have to be a rated pilot for 15 years and have 3,000 hours of flight time. No pilot in the USAF would be a rated pilot for 15 years and amass 3,000 flying hours and still be a Captain. Besides, assuming he graduated college at age 22 and flight training at 23, and then flew for 15 years he would be 38 years old. Clearly he isn't that old. [See Wikipedia article on "U.S. Air Force aeronautical rating" for rating criteria]See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Dick Richard:You wanna keep it down? I can't hear the war.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
ReflectionsSee more »

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21 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Thank You!, 30 August 2001
Author: jayaspinall (jayaspinall@home.com) from Colorado, USA

I just wanted to express my sincere thanks to everyone associated with this series. I have seen it before, and watching it again on The History Channel reminds me how important it was. I am a 36 year old American Male. Without this show I never would have had the desire to learn about Vietnam. The show inspired me to take on a bit of effort and learn some things for myself. It is sad that a television show had to inspire me to learn about my country's history. That my own country didn't care enough to teach me. I am so thankful for that knowledge. That knowledge has allowed me to speak to my uncles, bosses and others about the war and to be able to relate in general. I learned a lot. The most important things I learned: living an honest life; being true to one self; never taking life for granted; never, ever holding a grudge, and most of all compassion. Simple things. Little things. But oh so important. These things are no longer generally taught and are seldom seen.

I have introduced the show to my 15 year old nephew and hope he too will see some of things in the show I did. I hope he is inspired.

Thanks again!

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