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Night Wars (1988)

R | | Horror, Sci-Fi, War | March 1988 (USA)
Two Vietnam Veterans have realistic nightmares about the war. So real are these nightmares that they start getting injured in them, and bringing things back that they had in the dream. They... See full summary »

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Dr. Mike Campbell
Brian Edward O'Connor ...
Trent Matthews (as Brian O'Connor)
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Jim Lowery
Steve Horton ...
McGregor
Chet Hood ...
Jhonny
Jill Foors ...
Susanne Matthews (as Jill Foor)
Mike Hickam ...
Joe
David Ott ...
Jack Shane, car salesman
Kimberley Casey ...
Pat, Dr. Campbell's secretary
Lisa Reyes ...
Couple in Car Dealership
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Couple In Dealership (as Joseph W. Long)
Tim Aguilar ...
American Soldier
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American Soldier
Mark Galasso ...
American Soldier (as Mark Gallasso)
Mark Dane ...
American Soldier
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Two Vietnam Veterans have realistic nightmares about the war. So real are these nightmares that they start getting injured in them, and bringing things back that they had in the dream. They then buy weapons and go in to try and get one of their friends out that originally died in a POW camp during the Vietnam war. This is made harder by a traitor from the US Military Corps. Written by Chris Au

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Where nightmare are real and just as deadly. See more »

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Not all THAT bad
11 November 2001 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

Viewers will find it easy to criticize this low-budget, no-name effort found only on the dusty backshelves of a few video stores. It suffers from the flat dialog, so-so acting, haphazard scripting, and awkward pacing so often found in these Grade-Z productions.

And yet there's something about the merger of nightmare and reality in "Night Wars" which gives it an odd, almost haunting quality which softens the edges of all its many faults. Or, putting it another way, considering the vast resources spent on "Pearl Harbor" versus the scant resources spent on this movie, which one is really the more satisfying achievement?

Aside from that blurring between waking and dreaming, the most distinctive feature here comes in the form of two torture scenes occurring in Vietnamese POW camps. In the first scene, Cameron Smith has a red-hot metal rod pressed against his bare chest while he's tied between two posts, and in the second, Brian O'Connor -- tied between two trees -- has strips of barb-wire tightened around his naked torso. Unlike many Hollywood movies in which the hero suffers stoically, these two men scream with open-mouthed agony. (You can even count the fillings in Cameron Smith's teeth.) And unlike many Hollywood heroes, these two men don't have perfectly-chiseled physiques. (O'Connor especially shows signs of middle-aged flab.) The result is unnerving because the torture seems to be inflicted on real men rather than movie actors.

Top-billed Dan Haggerty has little to do in his part and Steve Horton overdoes the wild-eyed look as the sadistic villain, but Jill Foor invokes suitable sympathy as Brian O'Connor's bewildered wife. As for the two tormented ex-POWs, O'Connor is earnest and almost even appealing and Cameron Smith has the born-to-be-tortured look which is just right for this part.


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