It's sometime during the Vietnam War. Lieutenant Don Jardian of the US Navy, who would have just started a lucrative medical practice if he was still in the States funded in large part by his girlfriend Jill's father, is entering his third month working as a surgeon at a mobile hospital unit in Vietnam. While working hard to do whatever he can to ensure that anyone on his operating table makes it home with a Purple Heart instead of in a body bag, he admits that his emotions to the people he sees on his operating table has been numbed due to the overall horrors of the war. In accompanying one of those patients to the naval hospital in Da Nang, he encounters Lieutenant Deborah Solomon, a surgical nurse at that hospital, she who, for the first time since he's arrived at Vietnam, makes him "feel" again. In falling for Deborah, Don does whatever he can to go back to Da Nang over and over again with the intent purpose to see her. Conversely, Deborah is slower to succumb to her attraction to...Written by
The lead female role of Deborah Solomon was played by Cheryl Ladd who had the same last name of the production company producing the film, it being The Ladd Company. The sharing of the same, Ladd, name was apparently purely coincidence. See more »
Lt. Don Jardian (Ken Wahl) is seen saluting a superior officer while uncovered (with his cap or hat removed). Naval services do not salute while uncovered. Later, he is seen covered (wearing his uniform cap) while visiting nurse Deborah Solomon (Cheryl Ladd) in sick bay. Naval service personnel remove their covers indoors and are particularly forbidden to wear them in sick bay or a chow hall. See more »
Are you going to eat that rice?
I had to kill a man to get this rice.
Yeah, and the whole fucking valley heard you do it, too.
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This film is dedicated to the 347,309 Americans who received the Purple Heart awarded for wounds suffered in the Vietnam Conflict See more »
This thoroughly entertaining movie has two intertwined story lines: a talented Navy doctor (Ken Wahl) trying to save lives while coping with the challenges of working in a war zone, and his involvement with a talented nurse (Cheryl Ladd).
Other reviewers have already commented on the superb photographic artistry, so I'll just say that, more than 20 years after first seeing it, what still stands out in my mind is its ending.
It's astonishing that (as of June, 2006), Purple Hearts still has not been released on DVD. Until then, you still may be able to rent or buy it on VHS.
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