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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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Brown
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Rowan
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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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Even in war... murder is murder. 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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When the film was first under development in 1970, Pete Hamill wrote the initial screenplay, but it was rejected.Jack Clayton was supposed to direct. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Eriksson: Give me a minute on this thing we're doing. I mean, what we're doing. What are we doing, sarge?
Meserve: We have a VC suspect. Is that what you mean? She's a VC whore and we're gonna have fun with her.
Eriksson: She's just a farm girl.
Meserve: You're the cherry here, right? So lighten up.
Clark: -Let me carry the weight. -What's the problem, sarge?
Meserve: He don't think our VC whore is a VC whore.
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Courtesy of MCA 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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