MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 741 this week

Casualties of War (1989)

 -  Drama | History | War  -  18 August 1989 (USA)
7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 27,644 users  
Reviews: 118 user | 64 critic

During the Vietnam War, a soldier finds himself the outsider of his own squad when they unnecessarily kidnap a female villager.

Director:

(as Brian DePalma)

Writers:

(book), (screenplay)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 32 titles
created 30 Dec 2011
 
a list of 45 titles
created 09 Jan 2012
 
a list of 22 titles
created 13 Nov 2012
 
a list of 35 titles
created 20 Dec 2012
 
a list of 24 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Casualties of War" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Casualties of War (1989)

Casualties of War (1989) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Casualties of War.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Stalingrad (1993)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A depiction of the brutal battle of Stalingrad, the Third Reich's 'high water mark', as seen through the eyes of German officer Hans von Witzland and his battalion.

Director: Joseph Vilsmaier
Stars: Dominique Horwitz, Thomas Kretschmann, Sebastian Rudolph
Adventure | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same.

Directors: Quentin Tarantino, Eli Roth
Stars: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A British officer resigns his post just before battle and subsequently receives four white feathers from his friends and fiancee as symbols of what they believe to be his cowardice.

Director: Shekhar Kapur
Stars: Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley, Kate Hudson
The War (1994)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Vietnam War vet Costner must deal with a war of a different sort between his son and their friends, and a rival group of children. He also must deal with his own personal and employment ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Avnet
Stars: Elijah Wood, Kevin Costner, Mare Winningham
Adventure | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.

Director: David Lean
Stars: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the U.S.-Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.

Director: Stanley Kubrick
Stars: Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D'Onofrio
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A British team is sent to cross occupied Greek territory and destroy the massive German gun emplacement that commands a key sea channel.

Director: J. Lee Thompson
Stars: David Niven, Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn
Stand by Me (1986)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy.

Director: Rob Reiner
Stars: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman
Cast Away (2000)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A FedEx executive must transform himself physically and emotionally to survive a crash landing on a deserted island.

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Paul Sanchez
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

An in-depth examination of the ways in which the Vietnam War disrupts and impacts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.

Director: Michael Cimino
Stars: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

During the U.S.-Viet Nam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Stars: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall
Tigerland (2000)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A group of recruits go through Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Polk, Louisiana's infamous Tigerland, last stop before Vietnam for tens of thousands of young men in 1971.

Director: Joel Schumacher
Stars: Colin Farrell, Matthew Davis, Clifton Collins Jr.
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Thuy Thu Le ...
...
Brown
...
Rowan
...
Lt. Reilly
...
...
Capt. Hill
Steve Larson ...
Agent #1
John Linton ...
Agent #2
...
Prosecutor
Al Shannon ...
Wilkins
Edit

Storyline

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 Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Inspired by a true event, that the army never saw it coming See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

18 August 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Casualties of War  »

Box Office

Budget:

$22,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$18,671,317 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Brian De Palma said that he had been trying to make this film since 1969 when he first read the Casualties Of War article in The New Yorker.But with the Vietnam War still going on,there was no way that was going to happen,even for many years after it ended.However in the 1980's,following the success of Vietnam War films, Platoon,and Full Metal Jacket,and his own Gangster hit,The Untouchables,studio bosses at Paramount started to give him the green light to start developing the project. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning and end of the movie Eriksson is riding the Muni Metro subway system in San Francisco which first opened in 1980, however another rider is prominently shown reading a newspaper with a headline about Nixon's resignation, implying the scenes take place some time around August 1974. See more »

Quotes

Eriksson: Pardon me sir, what's your point, sir?
Hill: There ain't no point, Eriksson. I'm simply trying to illuminate the terrain in which we currently find ourselves deployed. You don't mind that, do you? And if you do, FUCK YOU! You on my frequency?
Eriksson: Yes SIR!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Laura Leighton/Rancid (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Magic Carpet Ride
Written by Rushton Moreve & John Kay
Performed by Steppenwolf
Courtesy of MCA Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

<< Thuy Thu Le is central to its success >>
31 October 2001 | by (La Rioja, Spain) – See all my reviews

`Casualties of War' belongs to the same year as that other anti-war film `Born on the Fourth of July'. From about the mid-eighties American feeling rose bitterly against the aftermath of the Viet Nam war: the price had been too high. Too many young men killed or wounded and, worse perhaps, too many young men psychologically scarred for the rest of their lives. `Casualties of War' does not point any accusing fingers at anyone: the film is an anguishing account of a horrendous series of actions based on real facts. Even so, our interpretation must go a little beyond what the film tells us, what we are seeing. We must ask how many more service-men lost their nerve in the middle of that jungle inferno which was Viet Nam?

Brian de Palma obliges us to enter into that indescribable hell, so that we might, with a bit of luck, if our feelings can bear the torture of witnessing such inhumane irrationality, understand a little more the agonising palpable naked terror which so many men had to go through.

However, whether Michael J. Fox or whether Sean Penn played their part better seems to overlook an obviety: without that performance by the Vietnamese girl, Thuy Thu Le, this film would have been forgotten years ago. My first seeing of that fragile creature – some years ago – left me nauseated, my stomache churned and I had bad dreams for several nights. That pathetic little face and her screams of anguish haunted me for days afterwards. Her performance was so compelling, rivetting, anguishing, it had me hating being a man. I only just stopped short of throwing up. Perhaps nobody expresses this better than `Tony's Corner: a Fan's Notes' (www.colba.net):

<< the performance of a young actress, a woman named Thuy Thu Le. It is to my mind, one of the bravest, most courageous, and one of the most heartbreakingly real pieces of acting that I've ever seen………… the intolerable suffering that Thuy's character Oahn endures, her emotional intensity………... searing power, of blistering emotion, and raging despair, the outstanding performance of Thuy Thu Le is central to it's success >> (end partial quote)

Amen.

It is one of those performances that no Oscar can ever pay for: indeed such a triviality would have been an insult. The film is cruel, sickening, loathsome, heartbreaking; but something humane, something I can't explain, something deep inside me, compelled me to see this poor `wretch' again, compelled me to witness once again her tremendous scream of despair against the bestial inhumanity of war – any, every and all war. I have no love of morbidity: I shun such ridiculous programmes. But this poor creature called Thuy Thu Le forced me to see the film for a second time.

Enough: I will never see this film again. I have seen naked desperation and fear so realistic that my soul seethes to boiling point and is about to burst thus twice. That will do. In the end we are all casualties of war.....

No vote: I cannot reduce this to a simple vote. It just would not have any real meaning, would it?


42 of 56 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
USA war crimes stevesw9
Casualty of bore... terrible2
So it was all a dream? DWoodforth
WERE THEY WRONG? hyperjack1183
The person this movie/incident is based on walkinweiner
36 years on! dwraftervn
Discuss Casualties of War (1989) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?