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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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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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Inspired by a true event, that the army never saw it coming 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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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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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 »

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Meserve: Some mad fuckin' minute, huh cherry?
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References Genghis Khan (1965) See more »

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Extremely disturbing and unforgettable
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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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