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Casualties of War (1989)

 -  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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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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Drama | History | War

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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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Trivia

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 a German director had sparked controversy by making a film about 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 »

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Meserve's arm position changes when confronting the MP who will not let the group go into town. See more »

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Eriksson: Can you imagine that? You escape Viet Nam and you die from an airline fatality.
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One of the great American movies
1 July 2002 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

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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