During the Vietnam war, a girl is taken from her village by five American soldiers. Four of the soldiers rape her, but the fifth refuses. The young girl is killed. The fifth soldier is determined that justice will be done. The film is more about the realities of war, rather than this single event. Written by
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This is not the first film that has been made about Daniel Lang's 1969 article. In 1970 Brian De Palma was in Berlin when its film festival was closed because German director Michael Verhoeven had sparked controversy with his film O.K. (1970), which depicted the crime that the group of soldiers had committed. De Palma said he has tried to track the film down over the years but has never seen it to this day. See more »
When a soldier steps on a landmine, other soldiers takes a picture of his corpse. Eriksson and one soldier goes to look that corpse which now lies on an opposite side of the road. See more »
So you don't feel responsible for the rape and murder?
No, sir. I don't.
Is it your feeling, Corporal Clark that you are wrongly brought to trial by the U.S. Government?
I don't have anything against the government. But I just think soldiers like Tony Meserve and me... belong out in combat... not here. Throw us in the stockade and you're helping nobody but the Viet Cong.
[Cct to Private Hatcher]
When Sergeant Meserve called you, did you go willingly into the hootch and rape the girl Tran Thi ...
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Coppola, Stone and Cimino did their best, but the award for best Vietnam movie goes to Brian De Palma. One of the only directors working today who still knows the meaning of 'cinema', De Palma uses all his favorite techniques (the long shots, split-focus)without being intrusive. There are so many fantastic moments in this film, so many images that stay in your mind long after the credits rolled by. Who could forget the death of the girl on that railwaybridge? It's truly one of the most chilling images I've ever seen on screen, also thanks to the haunting score by Ennio Morricone.
The acting is fantastic. Sean Penn makes it very easy for you to hate him, John Leguizamo as the pathetic Diaz hits all the right notes, John C. Reilly is wonderful as always. And then there's Michael J. Fox, in a rare dramatic role. As Ericcson, he's the beating heart of this film, the only human creature on screen. His attempts to save the girl are heartbreaking and deeply tragic.
It's a mystery why this movie doesn't get the recognition it deserves. Maybe the Americans don't like the way some of their countrymen are portrayed here. Maybe the idea of Marty McFly as G.I. Joe turns some people off. The IMDb rating this movie gets is a joke, albeit not a very funny one. This is one of Brian De Palmas finest movies (it's so hard to choose a favorite he has made so many classics), the best war movie I've ever seen and one of the greatest American movies ever.
You simply HAVE to see this!
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