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.


Spike Lee


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


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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Paul: Dear David. Son, if you're reading this, you know I've met my maker. I gave this letter to my main man, your godfather Otis, when we landed back in Nam. I came back to confront the demons that haunted me and tortured you. I made you feel like you weren't loved. Our brother Stormin' Norman always commanded us Bloods, love one another. In that way, I failed you, man. All I can say to you is, I'm sorry I put you through holy hell. Believe me, this just came. It wasn't your fault. There are things ...
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I'm Coming Home
Written by Thom Bell (as Thomas Randolph Bell), Linda Creed (as Linda Diane Creed)
Performed by The Spinners (as Spinners)
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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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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12 June 2020 (USA) See more »

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