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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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Brown
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Steve Larson ...
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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 to far See more »

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Drama | History | War

Certificate:

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Release Date:

18 August 1989 (USA)  »

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Casualties of War  »

Box Office

Budget:

$22,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$18,671,317 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Stephen Baldwin was cast as Hatcher and shots several scenes before he was replaced with John C. Reilly who was hired as a background performer. See more »

Goofs

The division patch worn on the shoulder is that of the Americal Division (23rd Inf Div), which wasn't reactivated until mid 1967. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Hill: You couldn't let it rest, could you? You had to push it?
Eriksson: Go to hell. SIR.
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References Full Metal Jacket (1987) See more »

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Everybody Loves Somebody
Written by Irving Taylor & Ken Lane
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De Palma on top of his game.
21 November 1998 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Casualties Of War is a great Brian De Palma film. Sure it's not his best work but it is intense and suspenseful storytelling. The cast is good. Michael J. Fox was a surprise to say the least in this movie. I didn't think he would hold his own with Sean Penn. Fox more than holds his own, I believe he overshadows Penn. This would not be the case if Sean Penn wasn't overacting so much. He is all over the place with his character. De Palma continues to be one of the great stylist of modern cinema.


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