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Assault Platoon (1990)

In 1973 Vietnam, gas bombs are dropped on villages, killing men, women, and children. Two downed American pilots, accused of the bombings, are captured and tortured. Both men give name, ... See full summary »

Director:

Tony Y. Reyes (as Antonio Reyes)

Writer:

Jerry O. Tirazona (story & screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Nel Angeles Nel Angeles ... G.I. Soldier
Hugh Arnold Hugh Arnold ... G.I. Soldier
Emmanuel Ayl Emmanuel Ayl ... Mike Bradford
Marilyn Bautista Marilyn Bautista ... Thuv
Victoria Bierschbach Victoria Bierschbach ... Caroline Smith
Jerry Bradford Jerry Bradford ... Chopper Pilot
Tony Carlston Tony Carlston ... G.I. Soldier
Jamie Cuales Jamie Cuales ... Vietnamese Villager
Mohammud Dashum Mohammud Dashum ... Vietcong Guerillas
Buddy Dator Buddy Dator ... Vietnamese Villager
Ernie David Ernie David ... Sgt. Ming Feiu
Mark David Mark David ... American Prisoner of War
Jenina Marie Desiderio Jenina Marie Desiderio ... Nguyen Kuy Mie
Jim Dixon Jim Dixon ... Major John Webb
Donald Enrol Donald Enrol ... G.I. Soldier
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In 1973 Vietnam, gas bombs are dropped on villages, killing men, women, and children. Two downed American pilots, accused of the bombings, are captured and tortured. Both men give name, rank, and serial number but neither one confesses. Elsewhere, a team of seven diverse individuals is hired to rescue the two pilots. These individuals manage to free the pilots from the river-cages where they've been imprisoned, (with water up to their shoulders), but the Vietnamese counterattack proves deadly. Only one rescuer survives and he's burdened by the knowledge that the U.S. Government wanted the pilots rescued and then silenced to order to conceal their role in dropping gas-bombs. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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Seven were sent in to make the rescue . . . only one got out alive.

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Action | War

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Country:

Philippines

Language:

Tagalog | Filipino | English

Release Date:

4 July 1990 (Belgium) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Major John Webb: [during interrogation] I.D. number nine seven one nine six zero three nine two seven.
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Bursts of action can't save muddled plot
28 August 2013 | by dinky-4See all my reviews

The "behind-enemy-lines-rescue" is a reliable plot but it fails here largely because the movie doesn't seem to know what point it's trying to make. Having U.S. Air Force pilots dropping gas-bombs on innocent civilians would seem to position the movie as a condemnation of American involvement in Vietnam. However, showing those Vietnamese fighting against the Americans to be commanded by brutes who rape and torture and kill helpless prisoners blurs the line between "good guys" and "bad guys." The audience is left with no one to root for, (especially since none of the characters is of any interest or value), and the movie is written in too shallow a way to allow it to claim to be "dark" or "cynical." Making things worse is the movie's tendency to pad its footage with extended and unnecessary scenes, such as all those shots of characters trudging through the jungle accompanied by monotonous music.

This movie has acquired a cult reputation, however, because of a scene from it posted on YouTube. This scene shows the torture of the two captured USAF pilots. These pilots - young, hairy, attractive, and soaked with sweat - are only seen from the waist up but apparently they've been stripped naked and apparently they're being subjected to electric shocks delivered directly to their genitals. It's rare that the movies show or even imply genital torture. It's also rare to show manly torture victims screaming at the top of their lungs as these two pilots do. (They're played by Jim Dixon and Bernard Higgins.) Compare this scene to a similar one in "Rambo 2." Sylvester Stallone is also subjected to electroshock torture but he's allowed to keep his pants on, thus putting his genitals "off-limits." He also doesn't lower himself by screaming but instead allows himself only a few grunts of discomfort. Needless to say, the torture scene in "Assault Platoon" is far more convincing, far more memorable.


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