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Gardens of Stone (1987)

R | | Drama, War, Romance | 8 May 1987 (USA)
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A Sergeant must deal with his desires to save the lives of young soldiers being sent to Viet Nam. Continuously denied the chance to teach the soldiers about his experiences, he settles for trying to help the son of an old Army buddy.

Director:

Francis Ford Coppola (as Francis Coppola)

Writers:

Nicholas Proffitt (novel), Ronald Bass (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Caan ... Sgt. Clell Hazard
Anjelica Huston ... Samantha Davis
James Earl Jones ... 'Goody' Nelson
D.B. Sweeney ... Jackie Willow
Dean Stockwell ... Homer Thomas
Mary Stuart Masterson ... Rachel Feld
Dick Anthony Williams ... Slasher Williams
Lonette McKee ... Betty Rae
Sam Bottoms ... Lt. Webber
Elias Koteas ... Pete Deveber
Laurence Fishburne ... Sgt. Flanagan (as Larry Fishburne)
Casey Siemaszko ... Wildman
Peter Masterson ... Col. Feld
Carlin Glynn ... Mrs. Feld
Erik Holland Erik Holland ... Col. Godwin
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Storyline

In the late 60s, during the Vietnam War, the idealistic soldier Jackie Willow arrives at Fort Meyer expecting to go to the Academy and then to the Vietnam War. Jackie is the son of a veteran sergeant and soon he becomes the protégé of the former friends of his father, Sergeant Clell Hazard and Sergeant Major 'Goody' Nelson. Jackie is promoted and gets married with his childhood friend Rachel Feld, to recommend Jackie to the Academy. He is promoted to lieutenant and asks to go to the Vietnam, returning to the Arlington National Cemetery. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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It was a dangerous time to be young. An impossible time to be a hero. See more »

Genres:

Drama | War | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jardines de piedra See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$5,262,047
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The role of Pete Deveber (Elias Koteas) was originally to be played by Gian-Carlo Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola's son, who tragically died in a boating accident a few months before filming. Koteas, who got Coppola's role, felt very uncomfortable while shooting the movie, because he knew that he was replacing Gian-Carlo in a film directed by his father, who just lost his son. See more »

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After the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps performs the "Troop Step" in the parade field ceremony scene, there are four bass drum beats before the Fife and Drum Corps steps off to "Yankee Doodle." In actuality there are only 2 bass drum beats before the Fife and Drum Corps Steps off from the Troop Step into "Yankee Doodle." See more »

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Clell Hazard: The peace loving people of Vietnam, My Ass. A more bellicose race of people i have never known
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Gardens of Stone/The River's Edge (1987) See more »

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Break on Through (To the Other Side)
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Coppola's "Other" Vietnam movie
13 January 2006 | by dfmurphy-1See all my reviews

This is a great movie and it makes a very interesting pairing with Apocalypse Now to achieve Coppola's complete take on the Vietnam war. While Apocalypse Now was a surrealistic view of the front lines and insanity of war, Gardens of Stone is pulls no punches with a realistic portrayal of the home front, which presented its own type of warfare during Vietnam. As the other reviewers said, the acting is top notch throughout. Caan and Jones are perfect, but I disagree with the comments about Masterson and Huston. Theirs are key supporting roles and critical to the success of the movie. Huston is especially good in her scenes with Caan to bring the story full circle. This is an overlooked gem and highly recommended.


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