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Casualties of War -- 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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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Daniel Lang (book)
David Rabe (screenplay)
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Release Date:
18 August 1989 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Some Soldiers take things too far See more »
Plot:
During the Vietnam War, a soldier finds himself the outsider of his own squad when they unnecessarily kidnap a female villager. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Compelling Pivotal Subject Matter Out of Context In De Palma's Context See more (120 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael J. Fox ... Eriksson

Sean Penn ... Sgt. Tony Meserve

Don Harvey ... Cpl. Thomas E. Clark

John C. Reilly ... PFC Herbert Hatcher

John Leguizamo ... PFC Antonio Diaz
Thuy Thu Le ... Oanh

Erik King ... Brown

Jack Gwaltney ... Rowan

Ving Rhames ... Lt. Reilly

Dan Martin ... Sgt. Hawthorne

Dale Dye ... Capt. Hill
Steve Larson ... Agent #1
John Linton ... Agent #2

Vyto Ruginis ... Prosecutor
Al Shannon ... Wilkins

Wendell Pierce ... MacIntire

Sam Robards ... Chaplain Kirk
Maris Valainis ... Streibig

Darren E. Burrows ... Cherry

Sherman Howard ... Court Martial President

John Marshall Jones ... M.P. (as J.J.)

Holt McCallany ... Lt. Kramer
Kady Tran ... Yen - Oahn's Sister
Scott Gregory ... Soldier Charlie 1
Ennalls Berl ... Soldier Charlie 2
Vinh Tran ... V.C. Interpreter
Somsak ... ARVN Interpreter
Hataya Sarmount ... Girl Villager
Ba Thuan T. Le ... Oahn's Mother (as Ba Thuan T Le)
Nootch ... Child Villager
Kwan ... Child Villager
J. Chalerm ... Villager Old Man Farmer
Sigma ... Villager Woman
Po Powpi ... Villager Old Man
Shaun Shea ... Soldier
Kristopher Dunn ... Soldier

Donal Gibson ... Soldier
Shane Kerwin ... Soldier
Niran ... V.C. in Tunnel
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Stephen Baldwin ... Soldier (uncredited)
Stefan Ehlers ... Sgt. Fuller (uncredited)

Amy Irving ... Voice of girl on the train (uncredited)
Michael D. Jones ... Passenger on Train (uncredited)
Jonathan MacLeod ... Soldier (uncredited)
Vic Noto ... Voice (uncredited)

Directed by
Brian De Palma  (as Brian DePalma)
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Daniel Lang (book "Casualties of War")

David Rabe (screenplay)

Produced by
Fred C. Caruso .... co-producer (as Fred Caruso)
Art Linson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
 
Cinematography by
Stephen H. Burum (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Bill Pankow 
 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
 
Production Design by
Wolf Kroeger 
 
Art Direction by
Bernard Hides  (as Bernard Hydes)
 
Set Decoration by
Peter Hancock 
Hugh Scaife 
 
Costume Design by
Richard Bruno 
 
Makeup Department
Paul Engelen .... makeup supervisor
Carl Fullerton .... prosthetic makeup artist: Thuy Thu Le, San Francisco
Adam Hill .... makeup effects moldmaker: Burman Studios
Mike Lockey .... hair stylist (as Michael Lockey)
Bron Roylance .... makeup supervisor: Michael J. Fox
Suzanne Stokes-Munton .... wig supervisor
 
Production Management
Fred C. Caruso .... unit production manager (as Fred Caruso)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Bennett .... additional second assistant director
Brian W. Cook .... first assistant director
Carl Goldstein .... second second assistant director
Aldric La'auli Porter .... first assistant director: San Francisco (as Aldric Porter)
Eric Schwab .... second unit director
Annie Spiegelman .... second assistant director: San Francisco
Michael Stevenson .... second assistant director
Sompol Sungkawess .... assistant director: Thailand
 
Art Department
Peter Hancock .... property master
Tim Hatch .... greens supervisor
Dave Midson .... supervising dressing props
Michael O'Kane .... painter
John Patterson .... construction supervisor
Ray Pedler .... scenic artist
 
Sound Department
Richard P. Cirincione .... sound editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording mixer
Susan Sklar Friedman .... apprentice sound editor
Kerry Fulton .... apprentice sound editor (as Kerry Fulton-Peluffo)
Jay Kessel .... assistant sound editor
Bruce Kitzmeyer .... sound editor
George A. Lara .... foley mixer
Kevin Lee .... sound editor
Jimmy McDonough .... sound editor
Peter Odabashian .... sound editor
Mark Rathaus .... sound editor
Maurice Schell .... supervising sound editor
Leo Trombetta .... assistant sound editor
Mark J. Wasiutak .... boom operator
Gary Wilkins .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
John Baker .... special effects
Terence J. Cox .... special effects (as Terry Cox)
Yves De Bono .... special effects (as Yves DeBono)
Trevor Neighbour .... special effects
Sasisupa Sungvaribud .... special effects coordinator: Thailand
Kit West .... special effects supervisor
Trevor Wood .... special effects
 
Stunts
Kenny Bates .... stunts (as Ken Bates)
Ralph Garrett .... stunts
Billy Hank Hooker .... stunts (as Billy H. Hooker)
Jeff Jensen .... stunt coordinator
Bob Minor .... stunts
Bernie Pock .... stunts
Chad Randall .... stunts
Danny Wong .... stunts
Charles Croughwell .... stunt double: Michael J. Fox (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan S. Blauvelt .... first assistant camera (as Alan Blauvelt)
Bob Bridges .... second assistant camera (as Robert Bridges)
John Clark .... best boy
Gavin Horne .... set grip
W.C. 'Chunky' Huse .... key grip (as 'Chunky' Huse)
Larry McConkey .... steadicam operator
Roland Neveu .... still photographer
Douglas Ryan .... camera operator (as Doug Ryan)
Laurie Shane .... chief lighting technician
Danny Shelmerdine .... first assistant camera
Tony Turner .... dolly grip
 
Casting Department
Nancy Hayes .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Julia Mansford .... costume supervisor
Laurie Riley .... costume supervisor
Mutita Na Songkla .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Phil Hetos .... color timer
Anne McCabe .... apprentice film editor
Debra C. Victoroff .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Sergio Marcotulli .... music mixer
Ennio Morricone .... conductor
Ennio Morricone .... orchestrator
Sergio Marcotulli .... music engineer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Tommy Tancharoen .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Sallie Beechinor .... production coordinator
Alison Dickey .... assistant: Sean Penn
Terry Dunn .... assistant accountant
Dale Dye .... technical advisor
Ray Freeborn .... location manager
Nigel Goldsack .... co-unit location manager
Monica Goldstein .... assistant: Mr. DePalma
Ray Kybartas .... trainer: Sean Penn
Erica Laine-Walian .... assistant: Michael J. Fox
John Linson .... production assistant
Elyse A. Mayberry .... production office coordinator: Burbank (as Elyse Mayberry)
Golda Offenheim .... production office coordinator: London
Ross Reynolds .... helicopter pilot
Sioux Richards .... script supervisor
Deborah Ricketts .... research coordinator
Patti Roberts-Nelson .... assistant: Mr. Linson (as Patti Roberts Nelson)
Brigette Roux-Lough .... assistant: Michael J. Fox
Adele Sanders .... production accountant
Maurice Schell .... adr loop group
Linda Shapiro .... assistant accountant
Ed Sienkaniec .... catering supervisor (as Ed 'Bubba' Steinkaniec)
Art Smith Jr. .... technical advisor: military
Mike Stokey .... technical advisor: military (as Michael Stokey)
Doug Taylor .... unit publicist
Vivian Treves .... interpreter: Ennio Morricone
 

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Runtime:
113 min | USA:121 min (extended version)
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
One of the deleted scenes included the testimony of the murdered girl's sister in which she tearfully displayed her dead sister's scarf, a scene made more poignant when Eriksson returns the Vietnamese American girl's scarf to her at the film's conclusion.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When a soldier steps on a landmine, other soldiers takes a picture of his corpse. Eriksson and one soldier goes to look that corpse which now lies on an opposite side of the road.See more »
Quotes:
Eriksson:Everybody's acting like we can do anything and it don't matter what we do. Maybe we gotta' be extra careful because maybe it matters more than we even know.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of O.K. (1970)See more »
Soundtrack:
Time Has Come TodaySee more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Compelling Pivotal Subject Matter Out of Context In De Palma's Context, 5 July 2009
Author: jzappa from Cincinnati, OH, United States

I want to say Scarface, The Untouchables and Casualties of War are Brian De Palma's best films, because they are his most serious in subject matter. But the truth is that his best work is in films like Sisters, Snake Eyes, Femme Fatale, The Black Dahlia. It is one thing to make a hyperstylized erotic thriller, because there doesn't have to be anything sincere about the film. But he brings the same sort of stiffly disassociated acting, point-of-view-shot set pieces, stock characters and melodramatically contrived dialogue to the story of a platoon in the Vietnam War and the rape to which they subjected a village girl. The movie's structure is not so much about the act as about the climate building to it, the dehumanizing authenticity of battle, the way it advocates brute force and rejects those who would try to live by a superior gauge.

The pivotal sequence of the kidnapping, the march, captivity and gang rape of the girl is excruciating because it makes it so distinct how ineffectual Michael J. Fox's character's ethical fundamentals are in the face of a weapon cask. The other men either never had any issues about what they are doing, or have lost them in the bastardizing course of combat. They will do just what they want to do, and Fox is basically impotent to stop them. Based on actual events, this film makes it apparent that when a group histrionic of this kind is astir, there maybe is veritably nothing that a "good" person can do to save the day. And its analysis of the actualities of the scenario is what's best about the movie.

What is not so good are the scenes before and after the compelling pivotal subject. The movie begins and ends some time after the war, with Fox on a subway, where he sees an Asian woman who reminds him of the victim. The dialogue he has with this woman in the movie's last scene is so bound and stilted and tries so hard to manufacture a buoyant denouement into a grim movie, that it's as if it belongs in another movie.

Defiant encounters with two commanding officers, Dale Dye (what a shock...) and Ving Rhames, are persuasive, but then the result appears half-baked and almost annexed. More than most films, mostly on account of the vital element of peer pressure, it relies on the potency of its performances for its impact, particularly on Penn's performance, but no one is a real character; everyone is an over-the-top caricature. Penn, with unmistakable conviction and enthusiasm in spite of the cartoonishness, is the bombastic leader of the bullies; John C. Reilly makes his movie debut here as the eager, dim-witted follower; Don Harvey is the sadistic right-hand enforcer for Penn; John Leguizamo is the quiet, sheepish guy who's not as bad but has no backbone. Although Penn's self-dramatizing comes from his deep sense of integrity to the frugal standards of De Palma's style, it seems that Fox is the only player whose capacity to turn ideas into realities and translate experience into words is not affected by the affectedness. Perhaps he's perfect for a De Palma leading man, as he does away with the frivolous.

Objectivity is not De Palma's strong suit, which I don't necessarily see as a flaw: Who's truly objective, really? But maybe the movie would have been more impactful if it had just preserved the account as realistically as possible, devoid of De Palma's idiosyncratic artifice, his perfectionism too private and defensively preoccupied. That much would have included everything necessary that the movie has to show us.

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