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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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Rowan
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Lt. Reilly
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Some Soldiers take things too far See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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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Trivia

For Michael J. Fox's shots, Sean Penn would be telling him that he was just a little TV actor and nothing more, to get genuine reactions for director Brian De Palma. 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

Meserve: You're taking your turn.
Eriksson: No.
Meserve: Well maybe when I'm through with her, I'm gonna come after you. Maybe when I'm done humping her, I'm gonna come hump you!
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Referenced in Boogie Nights (1997) See more »

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Hold On I'm Coming
Written by David Porter & Isaac Hayes
Performed by Sam & Dave
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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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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