In 1943, in the Russian front, the decorated leader Rolf Steiner is promoted to Sergeant after another successful mission. Meanwhile the upper-class and arrogant Prussian Captain Hauptmann ... See full summary »
Taking place towards the end of WWII, 500 American Soldiers have been entrapped in a camp for 3 years. Beginning to give up hope they will ever be rescued, a group of Rangers goes on a dangerous mission to try and save them.
It's May 1943 at a US Air Force base in England. The four officers and six enlisted men of the Memphis Belle - a B-17 bomber so nicknamed for the girlfriend of its stern and stoic captain, ... See full summary »
The film's thin veneer of social propriety (the story of how the VietCong came under Hanoi's control) is merely a cover for a rolicking old-time battle tale, complete with a hard-tack sergeant, his rebellious sidekick, and a demoralized base that needs to be whipped into shape before the VietCong attack. Written by
Actor R. Lee Ermey, who plays Sergeant Major Hafner, really is a former U.S. Marine and veteran of the Vietnam War. See more »
Capt. A.J. 'Bugs' Moran shouts "You picked a fine time to leave me, Lucille" obviously referencing the song recorded by Kenny Rogers in 1977 - two years after the fall of Saigon and the end of the war. See more »
[Jones watches DiNardo's men shoot wounded Viet Cong]
Jesus Christ, they're killing wounded!
Don't tell me you feel sorry for them sergeant.
There're soldiers just like us, wounded!
[a wounded Viet Cong is shot trying to crawl away]
You having a good time? You're fucking crazy you know that? You're really digging this shit! What were you back home? A rapist?
Oh, no. I was just another dumb ass like you.
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well, i sponsored this film to be put in the database...
i had bragged on this film so much over the last year that i finally pleaded with IMDB to include it, and they did (thank you).
i finally got home from a contract and found several folks had put in comments ahead of me. i respect these opinions expressed and am pleased that the film got such an immediate group of comments.
this movie is a shocker, and much of what it says is too painful to be accepted by most folks. i am not going to defend it... it is worthy of standing alone. but if you watched it and found it another RAH-RAH WE ARE AMERICANS film, a john wayne we win in the end shootem-up, then consider watching it again, but pretend you come from america, home of the north viet nam peoples and the round eyes are the invaders from a place far away and unimportant.... then see if you can count the autocracies committed in the name of their backward, wrong country. no, this is not a routine movie, not by any sense of the word.
by the way, Lee Ermey is a genuine, real live viet nam war hero, multiple tours, a leader of men... his performance is over the top for those of you who weren't there, but for us guys who had 3 feet of piled dirt between us and 500 of them at one time or the other, nothing sounded so good as a gruff old man saying that if we did as we were told, we would live to see morning.
catch Lee in 'purple hearts'
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