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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
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The film originally went into development at Paramount Pictures, but was ultimately done for Columbia Pictures. See more »
When the soldiers are shooting the girl on the bridge, she is positioned in a crossfire between three soldiers on one side of her and one soldier on the other side of her. With the number of shots fired, they would all have been shot, if not killed. See more »
Although Platoon may have gotten more acclaim, by far the best film on
the Vietnam War is this one. Casualties Of War is going to leave
Platoon way in the dust when history has its verdict.
Though Sean Penn's got several great films to his credit, by far this
is the best work of Michael J. Fox on the big screen. His soldier with
a conscious who can't live with himself after witnessing an act of
barbarity that the other men of his squad commit should have brought
him an Oscar nomination. In fact there could have and should have been
a few of them for this film.
Fox plays a young soldier only a few weeks in Vietnam. On patrol
Sergeant Sean Penn saves his life, but then on a second patrol because
Penn and friends could not get leave to bleed the lizard as they say,
they kidnap a young Vietnamese woman and take her on patrol. All the
men on the patrol, Penn, Don Harvey, John C. Reilly, and John Leguizamo
all gang rape the girl, but Fox refuses. Later on he's got a crisis of
Kids who grew up on World War II movies and westerns with clearly
defined good and bad guys were ill prepared for a war in Vietnam. So
was our government which had been involved in more or less degree since
the end of World War II and the breakup of French Indochina. The
subtleties of the regional politics eluded our policy makers in
Washington. It was mighty hard to tell who was a friend and who was an
enemy. You treated anyone with a yellowish pigmentation and slanted
eyes as an enemy, the only friends you knew were the ones wearing the
same green jungle fatigues as you were.
The war twisted Penn and Harvey. Leguizamo and Reilly were essentially
followers, only Fox who hadn't been there long enough to have his sense
of morality impaired could see this was all wrong. That's the
frightening part of Casualties Of War. None of the four could see
anything wrong, even Leguizamo who sees his first duty as to stick with
the guys who have your back in the field.
As good as Fox and Penn and the rest of the Occidental cast is, the
best performance in the film is Thuy Thu Lee. As the bewildered and
frightened young girl she will positively break your heart with her one
and only film performance.
Casualties Of War was shot in Thailand so we're seeing actual Southeast
Asia locations. Brian DePalma's direction of his stellar cast is right
on target. Don't ever miss Casualties Of War about the ultimate Vietnam
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