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Casualties of War (1989)

R | | Crime, Drama, 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.


(as Brian DePalma)


(book), (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thuy Thu Le ...
Lt. Reilly
Capt. Hill
Agent #1
John Linton ...
Agent #2
Al Shannon ...


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 »


Crime | Drama | War


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Release Date:

18 August 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pecados de guerra  »

Box Office


$22,500,000 (estimated)


$18,671,317 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Michael J. Fox would often buy gifts for the snake beaters who would beat the cobras out of the set. See more »


During the firefight on the bridge, after intense firing, one soldiers reaches over to pull another soldier to get started down the bridge by grabbing the muzzle of his gun. That act would create severe burns on his palm. See more »


Cpl. Brown: I'm an armour-plated motherfucker!
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References Full Metal Jacket (1987) See more »


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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20 September 2006 | by (United States Kentucky Hancock) – See all my reviews

Masterpiece! This movie is magic and makes me sad that our country was ever involved with that vile war of nothingness, and no I am not against the troops. I think Johnson was an idiot and that he should never have sent the soldiers they did not know what they were doing they were just doing what they were told. At that time the vast majority of the people over their could not even vote, how sick is that. What makes it even sicker is the way the American public treated these heroes upon their return, and yes they were heroes even though it was an unjust war they are still our soldiers and they were fighting for us, and they should have been respected as such. Michael J. Fox does a great job in this showing the naiveness among the soldiers at the time and Sean Penn does a good job showing how bad a persons psyche can go when pushed to the limit for something they don't believe in. I do not condone what Sean Penn's character does in the film and he was rightfully punished but I can see what drove him to it. Brian De Palma does another stellar job with his visual style that will never be toped and the lighting is great in this movie. I hate that it bombed at the box office, because everyone should see this. Great movie.

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