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Da 5 Bloods (2020)

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Four African American vets battle the forces of man and nature when they return to Vietnam seeking the remains of their fallen squad leader and the gold fortune he helped them hide.

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Spike Lee

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Danny Bilson, Paul De Meo (as Paul Demeo) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Delroy Lindo ... Paul
Jonathan Majors ... David
Clarke Peters ... Otis
Norm Lewis ... Eddie
Isiah Whitlock Jr. ... Melvin
Mélanie Thierry ... Hedy
Paul Walter Hauser ... Simon
Jasper Pääkkönen ... Seppo
Johnny Nguyen ... Vinh Tran (as Johnny Trí Nguyen)
Y. Lan Y. Lan ... Tiên Luu (as Lê Y Lan)
Lam Nguyen ... Quân (as Nguyen Ngoc Lâm)
Sandy Huong Pham ... Michon
Jean Reno ... Desroche
Chadwick Boseman ... Stormin' Norman
Van Veronica Ngo ... Hanoi Hannah

How Spike Lee Prepared 'Da 5 Bloods' Cast for War

Director Spike Lee and Da 5 Bloods stars Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters, Isiah Whitlock Jr., and Norm Lewis discuss the film's significance and the intense training it required.

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From Academy Award® Winner Spike Lee comes a new joint: the story of four African American Vets - Paul (Delroy Lindo), Otis (Clarke Peters), Eddie (Norm Lewis), and Melvin (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.) - who return to Vietnam. Searching for the remains of their fallen Squad Leader (Chadwick Boseman) and the promise of buried treasure, our heroes, joined by Paul's concerned son (Jonathan Majors), battle forces of Man and Nature - while confronted by the lasting ravages of The Immorality of The Vietnam War. Written by Netflix

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Adventure | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, grisly images and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The line "Madness! Madness!" spoken by Otis is a quote from the movie The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957). It is hard to tell if this was an homage to the film by Spike Lee or one of the writers or if it is intended to convey that Otis is a fan of the movie reflecting on futility of war. In either case, it is clear that the line is alluding to that famous scene after the bridge is destroyed. See more »

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M-16s firing at full auto for 20 or 30 rounds is silly. Most guys had them set for short burst or they would be out of ammo all the time... See more »

Quotes

Vinh Tran: I can help you get it out the country.
Otis: All right. we'll give you a share.
Vinh Tran: How much is that?
Otis: Million.
Hedy: We want in too.
Otis: You want in?
Hedy: Yeah.
Otis: Alright.
Melvin: Damn Otis just put the gold on Craigslist!
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Connections

References The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) See more »

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God Is Love
Written by Anna Gordy Gaye (as Anna Gaye), Marvin Gaye (as Marvin P. Gaye), James Nyx and Elgie Stover
Performed by Delroy Lindo
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So Much Promise....
21 June 2020 | by jamaisj-838-93732See all my reviews

There's a lot of really cool stuff going on in this movie, but the directing and writing gets in the way. Ultimately, the movie tries to link the Viet Nam war and racism, and fails miserably. In trying to fight the two different wars, it loses a lot.

There's a lot of issues with the movie, but they come down to three issues: 1) It needs to decide which movie it's remaking. It basically tries to combine Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Apocalypse Now, and Three Kings and fails at it because of how different the three movies are. 2) The length; this movie could have been told much more effectively in almost half the time. I know it's trying to combine three movies, but that's no excuse for just taking too much time on things. 3) The over-the-top racism. I know this is a weird call, but the movie could have been a lot more effective had it toned down the racism. Also, some of the incidents involved contribute to the length of the movie without really adding anything.

The apparent lack of any military knowledge on the part of Lee (the sheer number of military gaffes, such as salutes and ammunition) as well as the obvious call-backs to movies involved keep throwing watchers out of the movie.

This had the potential to be an incredible movie, especially as the acting is incredible and the cinematography is gorgeous, but it's just too long and too many issues to be even a satisfactory movie.


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