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Field Day (2004)

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A group of youths invite an unsuspecting history student to play a surreal war game which reckons the past and proves to be a worthy lesson for the future.


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Cast overview:
Will Keir ...
Billy Bradley ...
Joey (as Robert DoBrev)
James Black ...
Josh Guerrin ...
Prisoner of War #1
Prisoner of War #2
Derek Yu ...
Viet Cong Soldier #1
Chris McLaughlin ...
Viet Cong Soldier #2
Max the Lizard ...
Mini-Max the Waterdragon


Angela, a graduate student of American history and peace studies at UCLA, is introduced to a new way of thinking by three young friends. Searching for a new apartment for herself and her boyfriend, Kai, Angela stumbles upon a renovated house beside a mysterious field. She meets Chris, the building manager, and his buddies, Riley and Joey, who invite her to partake in "war games." Chris explains that the field site has remained uninhabited since a troubled Vietnam veteran occupied it years ago. The group sets out and soon learns about the nature of survival and conquest while confronted by the question, "What is the true cost of war?" Only their experience in "Field Day" can answer. Written by Jeanne Marie Spicuzza

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Sometimes the horrors of the past are the lessons of the future.


Short | Drama





Release Date:

10 January 2005 (USA)  »

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$10,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Something magic...
15 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There's something magical about this film. The story seemed at times eerie, other times like everyday life, like looking in somebody's window. The score is powerful. I like that it was shot in HD. That format worked well for this story. The actors were believable. Their performances were focused and intense. I think it was a good choice on the part of the filmmakers to shoot certain scenes still-cam, others hand-held. John O'Shaughnessey must be commended, because it's his first time directing, and some of the best direction in a short I've seen. Jeanne Marie Spicuzza earns my respect for her screen writing, which is dreamy, yet maintains a crisp, intelligent dialog. The historical elements were accurate, and the costume design was very authentic. It helped me get lost in the circumstances of the characters, like "Platoon." I rented it from Vidiots in Santa Monica, which always seems to uncover these independent jewels. A controversial topic that delivers.

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