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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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Thuy Thu Le ...
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Brown
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Rowan
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Lt. Reilly
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Capt. Hill
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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

Certificate:

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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

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

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Meserve: This is a weapon, this is a gun. This is for fighting, this is for fun.
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Written by Joseph Chambers & Willie Chambers (as William Chambers)
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Courtesy of CBS Records
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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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