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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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Some Soldiers take things too far 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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Technical Specs


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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Meserve: You probably like the army, don't you, Eriksson?
Eriksson: This ain't the army. This ain't the army, Sarge.
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References Genghis Khan (1965) 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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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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