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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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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  »

Box Office

Budget:

$22,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$18,671,317 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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During filming many of the actors became sick because their immune systems were not used to the food in Thailand. Michael J. Fox said that after recovering, his stomach was then strong enough to eat anything. See more »

Goofs

Clark sings a line from the Doors' song, "Hello I Love You", to Oanh while marching. "Hello, I Love You" was originally released as a single in June 1968. However, the events portrayed in the film happened in 1966. See more »

Quotes

[the squad watches the storm after raping the girl]
Clark: When's the last time you had a real woman, Sarge?
Meserve: She was real. I think she was real.
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References Genghis Khan (1965) See more »

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Time Has Come Today
Written by Joseph Chambers & Willie Chambers (as William Chambers)
Performed by The Chambers Brothers
Courtesy of CBS Records
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"Nobody cares"
19 August 2001 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

This is a true story of what happens in war when morality and ethics are tossed aside. The killing that is involved in war gets mixed up with murder, bigotry, and revenge in this factual horror story.

Fox is excellent as the naive but ethical young man exposed to a "Nobody cares" atmosphere in the midst of war. The film not only shows what can happen to human beings when they let go of any sense of conscience, but it is also a metaphor of the amoral mentality that was behind the Viet Nam conflict and its aftermath.

The struggle depicted here is between going along with the group or maintaining one's own integrity. Are there rules of war? Are there rules of living? These are the profound questions which underlie the action in this disturbing film.


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