The final movie in Oliver Stone's Vietnam trilogy follows the true story of a Vietnamese village girl who survives a life of suffering and hardship during and after the Vietnam war. As a freedom fighter, a hustler, young mother, a sometime prostitute, and the wife of a US. marine, the girl's relationships with men suggests an analogy of Vietnam as Woman and the U.S. as Man.Written by
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The film was based on the book "When Heaven and Earth Changed Places", which Le Ly Hayslip wrote about her experiences during and after the Vietnam War. See more »
When Steve picks up Le Ly and her kids when the south is being overrun, he flies in on an Army helicopter, despite the fact that he and his friends are all in the Marines. See more »
If war produces one thing, it's many cemeteries. And in cemeteries, there are no enemies.
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The UK cinema and video release has been cut by 55 seconds to obtain a "15" rather than an "18" certificate. Numerous scenes are affected, particularly the rape and torture shots.
In Ireland, the uncut version also initially earned an 18. It was resubmitted in its cut British version which yet again earned an 18 - this decision was then taken to the Films Appeal Board, who lowered the certificate to a 15 on 16th February 1994. See more »
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I don't understand why most people don't appreciate this movie. I guess one reason is that it's not easy to look at your own people, US soldiers, as enemies, or at your country - in the final - as the land of fatty meaninglessnes. Or maybe they were expecting something different from Stone, something more than that history - not so unusual as someone observed - of a simple vietnamese country girl. The point, for me, is that this is not a film about the vietnam war, which is only the background. If you make the effort to forget the vietnam war, its historical and cultural legacy, to avoid being on the side of one of the armies (maybe is easier for me, being an italian), you'll discover one of the most intense movie about the family and the bonds with the earth where you belong. Stone through the story of this simple girl succeeded in telling the story of entire humankind, analizing those which are its roots, its ties, its hopes, its condemnations. Honestly, one of the best movies I've ever seen. Sincere, profound, touching. True.
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