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Casualties of War (1989)

R  |   |  Drama, History, War  |  18 August 1989 (USA)
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During the Vietnam War, a soldier finds himself the outsider of his own squad when they unnecessarily kidnap a female villager.

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(as Brian DePalma)

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Thuy Thu Le ...
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Brown
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Rowan
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Lt. Reilly
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Capt. Hill
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Al Shannon ...
Wilkins
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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>

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Some Soldiers take things too far See more »

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Drama | History | War

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Release Date:

18 August 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pecados de guerra  »

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Budget:

$22,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$18,671,317 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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One of the deleted scenes included the testimony of the murdered girl's sister in which she tearfully displayed her dead sister's scarf, a scene made more poignant when Eriksson returns the Vietnamese American girl's scarf to her at the film's conclusion. See more »

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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

Lt. Reilly: So what was I doing in jail? What I was doing, let me advise you, was fixin' to shoot some mothafucka's working in that hospital, that's what I was doing.
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Extremely disturbing and unforgettable
22 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although I was supposed to join the ranks of soldiers who went to kill or be killed in Vietnam, I was able to slide out of it. Years later this movie was released and whenever I saw it, something inside of me stirred and eventually those stirrings compelled me to travel to Vietnam which I did for the first time in 1999. I was so moved by some of what I saw there and what I experienced that I wound up making 7 round trip flights from West Palm Beach Fla, to Saigon Vietnam and ultimately moved to Vietnam on a full time basis in 2000 and stayed for a couple of years. Had it not been for Michael J Fox and this movie providing that stirring inside my guts, I may have never gone and unanswered questions about Vietnam and the Vietnamese people may have never been answered. I thank everyone involved in this heart wrenching movie for that.


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