Peter Davis's Oscar-winning documentary exposes the American influence in Vietnam and the long, seemingly endless war that the United States government prolonged. Zach Grenier, Votes:
Raymond J. Barry, 110 min Bleed and die just the same. Frederic Forrest, Votes: Jon Voight and Jane Fonda both earned Oscars for their roles in Hal Ashby's quiet drama—the latter's win most controversial considering her infamous anti-war stance and the 1972 trip to North Vietnam that earned her the nickname "Hanoi Jane."
Interesting adventure. Sally Field, Votes: Action, Drama, War. Ted Kotcheff He naturally clashes with the top brass who find his comic delivery too unorthodox for such a serious environment. There she meets (and begins an affair with) a paraplegic Vietnam vet who struggles to reconcile his experience in the war—and his re-introduction to a country in which he feels unwelcome. | Gross:
Over the course of a single horrifying scene, inspired by the notorious My Lai massacre, we see one young American bludgeon a disabled Vietnamese man to death, while another holds a girl at gunpoint in front of her mother, and others still lurk in the woods and rape a young woman. Action, Adventure.
– Al Pacino and the 1980s. R And, of course, the 19-year conflict has also provided rich material for documentarians, including pioneering work by heavy-hitters such as Errol Morris and Werner Herzog. Stars: | Stars: |
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This scuzzy 70s shocker is a bracingly inventive rumination on what would in years to come be recognised as combat-induced post-traumatic stress disorder. | Herzog returned to the story in his 2006 drama Rescue Dawn, which stars Christian Bale as Dengler. 183 min Said freedom ultimately saw Coppola allowing an obese Marlon Brando to ignore his script and improve his role as the semi-psychotic Colonel Kurtz, while the production teetered on the brink of drug and booze-addled chaos, and the budget escalated to almost three times that of Star Wars (1977). | Gross:
| Gross: From training depot to battle front.
| $13.84M, R
The widely praised opening sequence, in which a group of new recruits are brutalised at boot camp by the unhinged Gunnery Sergeant Hartman (R. Lee Ermey), remains an abrasively funny skewering of macho military culture. The couple’s explicit sex scene seems radical even today, focusing unflinchingly as it does on both the challenges faced by Luke as a wheelchair user, and Sally’s first orgasm. First off is to build and control a camp that is trying to be taken by the enemy the second mission is to kidnap a North Vietnamese General. Willem Dafoe, $21.71M. I feel sorry for the Vietnamese. Exciting quest adventure amidst the Vietnam War. Our handsome young protagonists are acutely aware of both the pointlessness of the mission and their powerlessness to question orders.
| Gross: Keith David, Votes: | Biography, Drama, War. More dysfunctional adventures in boot camp. Director: The film received some criticism at the time for its unabashed one-sidedness, but with hindsight its approach seems reasonable, given the nobility of its intentions and the severity of the matter at hand. The two films, both major critical and commercial hits, went head-to-head at the 1979 Oscars, and jointly dominated the major categories: The Deer Hunter took home five awards, including best picture and director, while Coming Home was recognised for its screenplay and lead performances by Jon Voight and Jane Fonda. |
Oliver Stone won his first Oscar for Best Director for Platoon (which itself earned the Best Picture statue). Stars: Charles Napier, Francis Ford Coppola's war epic takes inspiration from Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, changing the novel's setting from the Belgian Congo to the Vietnam-Cambodia border. Robert Zemeckis Stanley Kubrick's take on the war film is, naturally, slightly off-center. Stars: Mervyn LeRoy Wilson Bethel, Great fun. 138 min Martin Sheen, | 376,121 One of Oliver Stone's many looks at the Vietnam war (for which he won his second Best Director Oscar), Born of the Fourth of July is based on the memoir of anti-war activist Ron Kovic (played by Tom Cruise) and tells the story of the man's earnest quest to serve his country in Vietnam. G What a road trip. | 105 min Hand-picked.
Ted Post | Sammo Kam-Bo Hung | 124,495 Rent/buy on Amazon and iTunes. Sylvester Stallone, 664,799 Col. Mike Kirby picks two teams of crack Green Berets for a mission in South Vietnam. $30.50M. 97,279 Director:
Each of the recommendations included here is available to view in the UK. Marlon Brando Rent/buy on Amazon and iTunes.
Errol Morris’s insightful portrait of former US Defence Secretary Robert S McNamara offers the perfect counterpoint to the view of the war presented in Hearts and Minds. Werner Herzog’s extraordinary documentary tells the story of Dieter Dengler, a German-born US naval aviator whose plane was shot down over Laos in February 1966.
| Gross: 223,289 Action, Drama, Thriller. | Gross:
Sam Elliott, Votes: John Milius