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Writers (WGA):
Tim O'Brien (short story "Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong")
Thomas Michael Donnelly (teleplay)
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Release Date:
29 July 2010 (Belgium) See more »
Love and war collide in a tale of riveting action
An Army medic brings his girlfriend to stay with him at an out of the way Vietnam outpost in 1967, the... See more » | Add synopsis »
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truth, fiction - who cares when the story is this good? See more (20 total) »


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Tony Billy ... Soldier #2
Christopher Birt ... Lieutenant Mitchell Sanders

Georgina Cates ... Marianne Bell
Mike Edward ... Camou Greenie

Lawrence Gilliard Jr. ... Shoeshine (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)

Daniel Gillies ... Medic (as Daniel J. Gillies)
Robert Huberman ... C.I.D. Major
Anthony Jones ... Medic
Nick Kemplen ... Medic
Tony LePage ... Dying Marine Robert

Daniel London ... Eddie Diamond
Mac Jeffrey Ong ... ARVN Soldier #2

Craig Parker ... Soldier #1
Clint Sharplin ... Wild Bill
Daniel Sing ... ARVN Soldier #1 (as Daniel Francis Sing)

Kiefer Sutherland ... Rat Kiley

Skeet Ulrich ... Mark Fossie

Louis Vanaria ... Bobbie D.
Gary Young ... ARVN Scout
Tane Dunlop ... Greenie
Craig Holt ... Greenie
Guillermo Mosquira ... Greenie
Toby Stallworthy ... Greenie
Mark Swan ... Greenie
Mark Philip Warren ... Wounded Soldier
Glen David Wyllie ... Wounded Soldier
Dang Huy Kim ... ARVN Soldier
Thanh Bui Van ... ARVN Soldier
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Matthew Metcalfe ... Frank Steele (uncredited)

Directed by
Thomas Michael Donnelly 
Writing credits
Tim O'Brien (short story "Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong")

Thomas Michael Donnelly (teleplay) (as Thomas M. Donnelly)

Produced by
William S. Gilmore .... producer
Marianne Moloney .... executive producer
Original Music by
Gary Chang 
Cinematography by
Jacek Laskus 
Film Editing by
Anthony Sherin 
Casting by
Pennie DuPont 
Production Design by
Doug Kraner 
Art Direction by
Ralph Davies 
Doug Kraner 
Costume Design by
Leesa Evans 
Makeup Department
Denise Kum .... hair stylist
Denise Kum .... makeup artist
Production Management
Annie Dodman .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Belindalee Hope .... third assistant director
Robert Huberman .... assistant director
Art Department
Lawrence Heap .... assistant props
Sound Department
William H. Angarola .... supervising sound editor
Kevin Patrick Burns .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Guastini .... sound editor
Rick Hinson .... supervising sound editor
David Jobe .... foley mixer
Tony Johnson .... sound
Jason Lezama .... sound editor
Anna MacKenzie .... sound editor
Mike Marchain .... sound editor
Christopher Moriana .... foley artist
Cindy Rabideau .... sound editor
Katie Rowe .... foley artist
Raymond E. Spiess III .... sound editor
Ray Spiess .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Kevin Chisnall .... special effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark Archibald .... best boy lighting
Neil Cervin .... Steadicam operator
Nimi Getter .... gaffer
Stephen Joyce .... lighting technician
Grant McKinnon .... lighting technician
Mark Teirney .... lighting technician
Des Whelan .... camera operator: "a" camera
Editorial Department
Julie Janata .... additional editor
Music Department
Ron Finn .... music editor
Todd Hayen .... conductor
Todd Hayen .... orchestrator
Other crew
Kevin Chisnall .... armorer
Rob Ffiske .... production accountant
Rob Harris .... unit publicist
David Rowell .... production auditor
Jenny Vial .... script supervisor

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Rated R for some graphic war violence and injury, strong language and brief sexuality
112 min
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 (video premiere) | Portugal:M/16 (video premiere) | USA:R
Filming Locations:

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Based off of the short story 'Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong' written by Tim O'Brien which was featured in his novel 'The Things They Carried'.See more »


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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
truth, fiction - who cares when the story is this good?, 19 February 2002
Author: Adrianna Pita (hlgirl) from Washington, DC

I think this is the first movie adaptation of a literary work that so closely and successfully follows its source material in tone and language. Vietnam veteran and author Tim O'Brien's short story occupies that shady ground between truths weirder than fiction and urban legend - and whether it's absolutely true or not really doesn't matter.

The film itself is a simple piece of atmosphere and sketches of character and psyche, with quiet, almost dream-like contrasts of naivete and brutality that drifts around the borders of the medical compound. During a lull in the action and off the front lines, the soldiers of the medical unit are only occasionally confronted with consequences of war, and never with the actuality of it, though it always hangs over their heads, personified by the Green Berets encamped nearby.

The "greenies" are rarely seen and almost never speak, coming and going from their violent encounters in the dark, like some strange mountain spirits. The mystery of the landscape, the war, and the promise of something _different_ seduce and ultimately swallow the "soldier's sweetheart."

The performances are spare and haunting, the premise intriguing, and the story fully captivating.

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