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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 »
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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:
Soldier With A Conscience See more (119 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:
David Rabe apparently did not like the upbeat ending that he had written, but director Brian De Palma insisted that it stay in the final film.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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 »
Quotes:
Meserve:Oh, you wanna take an attack posture wit' me? Yeah, you got a weapon. Clark got a weapon, Clark got a knife! We all got weapons! Anybody can blow anybody away, any second. Which is the way it ought to be. Always.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Everybody Loves SomebodySee more »

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23 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Soldier With A Conscience, 14 November 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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 conscience.

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 experience.

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