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A Soldier's Sweetheart (1998)

R | | Drama, War | 29 July 2010 (Belgium)
An Army medic brings his girlfriend to stay with him at an out of the way Vietnam outpost in 1967, the woman disappears one day and he begins searching for her.

Writers:

Tim O'Brien (short story "Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong"), Thomas Michael Donnelly (teleplay) (as Thomas M. Donnelly)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Billy Tony Billy ... Soldier #2
Christopher Birt Christopher Birt ... Lieutenant Mitchell Sanders
Georgina Cates ... Marianne Bell
Mike Edward ... Camou Greenie
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. ... Shoeshine (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)
Daniel Gillies ... Medic (as Daniel J. Gillies)
Robert Huberman Robert Huberman ... C.I.D. Major
Anthony Jones Anthony Jones ... Medic
Nick Kemplen Nick Kemplen ... Medic
Tony LePage Tony LePage ... Dying Marine Robert
Daniel London ... Eddie Diamond
Mac Jeffrey Ong Mac Jeffrey Ong ... ARVN Soldier #2
Craig Parker ... Soldier #1
Clint Sharplin Clint Sharplin ... Wild Bill
Daniel Sing ... ARVN Soldier #1 (as Daniel Francis Sing)
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An Army medic brings his girlfriend to stay with him at an out of the way Vietnam outpost in 1967, the woman disappears one day and he begins searching for her. Written by Janet Edwards <jigger@rocketmail.com>

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Taglines:

Love and war collide in a tale of riveting action

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Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some graphic war violence and injury, strong language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 2010 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong See more »

Filming Locations:

Auckland, New Zealand See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Based off of the short story 'Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong' written by Tim O'Brien which was featured in his novel 'The Things They Carried'. See more »

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Don't quibble with details;it's not meant to be realistic.
17 November 2001 | by icknaySee all my reviews

Taken at face value this film is a little ridiculous. So don't see it as a war story;see it as an allegory. Here's the deal: GIs really miss the good old USA. They are miserable, stuck in a strange foreign land. One gets the idea of how to bring home to them in the guise of his girl. She arrives and they suddenly feel safe and home again. Note there are none of the expected plot turns such as jealousy and sexual competition. All the guys are happy to have her there;they don't desire her;she makes them happy just by being there. She is the girl next door; the unchanging symbol of the USA, home! Yet, she begins to change; she is "polluted" by mixing with the strange foreign environment they carefully avoid. She becomes different,unsettling in the same way the good old USA is becoming changed by the tumult of the 60s back home. This foreshadows the way the guys will feel when they return home to a strange,now foreign USA. I saw an interview with the director and he described this film as a Vietnam War movie. If that is what he meant it to be it is a really bad one. Try it my way ; it makes much better sense.


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