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Tour of Duty 

The trials of a U.S. Army platoon serving in the field during the Vietnam War.
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1990   1989   1988   1987  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Terence Knox ...  Sgt. Clayton 'Zeke' Anderson / ... 58 episodes, 1987-1990
Stephen Caffrey ...  Lt. Myron Goldman 58 episodes, 1987-1990
Tony Becker ...  Cpl. Daniel 'Danny' Percell / ... 57 episodes, 1987-1990
Miguel A. Núñez Jr. ...  Pvt. Marcus Taylor / ... 57 episodes, 1987-1990
Ramón Franco ...  Pvt. Alberto Ruiz / ... 56 episodes, 1987-1990
Stan Foster Stan Foster ...  SP4 Marvin Johnson / ... 45 episodes, 1987-1989
Dan Gauthier ...  Lt. John McKay 32 episodes, 1989-1990
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Storyline

This series offers an unflinching look at the "tours of duty" of several members of a platoon during the Vietnam War. Death is inevitable in war, and major characters do die. The protagonists face the Viet Cong, social disapproval, and sometimes themselves over the course of the series. Written by Jason A. Cormier <wildrose@mindspring.com>

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Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

24 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Camino al infierno See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(58 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

While the Special Operations Group, or S.O.G., that the unit joins in season three usually recruited from special forces outfits, they did take operators from regular infantry units. One such example is Franklin D. Miller, who did seven tours of duty, spending seven years in Vietnam, winning countless decorations and medals including the Medal Of Honor during a hellish and intense mission. Frank started out in an infantry platoon just like the fictional characters on the show, and spent two years "in the bush" before he'd even heard of the special forces, much less MACV-SOG. But upon hearing about them, he applied and after a rigorous selection process he made the cut. So while it's possible for a regular infantry soldier to have made it in, S.O.G. never wrangled entire squads or units into their operation as is depicted in season three. However, when they join, it is stated that heavy casualties have left the unit seriously under strength, so Goldman and his men are recruited as a stop-gap measure. See more »

Goofs

In all the episodes of 1st and 2nd season, quite a few characters (Taylor, Johnson, Purcell) wear helmets with chinstraps from 1970s. See more »

Quotes

Duke Fontaine: This is a war. There's casualties. Once you get past that, you can concentrate on winning.
Lt. Myron Goldman: Winning? Where the hell have you been?
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Connections

Referenced in Black Hawk Down (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Paint It Black
(theme song)
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Performed by The Rolling Stones
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User Reviews

Virtually PLATOON the series
21 July 2001 | by coverme6See all my reviews

TOUR OF DUTY, like Oliver Stone's PLATOON only a year before,

shows the emotional, social, and mental sides of the Vietnam War. In oppose to those larger than life war shows and movies (including THE A-TEAM or RAMBO II), the purpose of TOUR OF DUTY is to display how the young American troops felt and experience regarding the horrors of war, and they do a fine job at that. Terrance Knox and Stephen

Caffrey are fine as the leaders the platoon in subject.


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