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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
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

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

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Trivia

The five "Bloods" that were seen throughout the movie in present day scenes were named Paul, Melvin, Otis, Eddie, and David. These are also the individual names of the five members of African American vocal group The Temptations. Their fallen "Blood", who was the leader and inspiration for the others during their days in the Vietnam War, was named Norman. Songwriter Norman Whitfield produced virtually all of The Temptations' music during their time at Motown Records during the 60s and 70s. 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

Paul: We fought in an immoral war that wasn't ours for rights we didn't have.
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References Rambo III (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Got to Give It Up
Written by Marvin Gaye (as Marvin P. Gaye)
Performed by Marvin Gaye
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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A bleak Reminder Of What Memory Can Do
12 June 2020 | by AziatikSee all my reviews

Film Director Spike Lee is back in form behind the camera with another whiplash piece of Cinema. Da 5 blood explores four Black Vietnam veterans back on war soil to retrieve lost gold left by a fallen soldier played by Chadwick Boseman. In this Film, the use of flashback is what stings like a dagger forcing the viewer to ponder about how memory can be an affliction , especially in the context of War. Spike Lee sets the past in the present by having the main characters re-living war memories at their actual old age. This technique puts the emphasis on how war can be a never ending cycle even where the battlefield is absent. Fine acting also helps this movie get his point accross, but man, here, actor Delroy Lindo shines with his portrayal of a war veteran facing his demons. Different themes can be observed in this film, one element that caught my attention is the idea of how humans failed to love. Although Americans usually claim to be God fearing Christians who are buddy with The Christ, love clearly slipped off their hands by throwing themselves into war. The decision by the big wings to go to war was a decision that would mark humanity for ever. The film is well written, has a good score and a fine reminiscing use of music with a brillant use of Marvin Gaye's accapella. Spike also uses tactics of framing and re-framing which puts the viewer in sync with time and perspective.

If you love Cinema and respect an acute vision, do not skip this piece of Filmmaking, you will feel the love.


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