1986 • 119 minutes
237 reviews
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Chris Taylor is a young, naive American who gives up college and volunteers for combat in Vietnam. Upon arrival, he quickly discovers that his presence is quite nonessential, and is considered insignificant to the other soldiers, as he has not fought for as long as the rest of them and felt the effects of combat. Chris has two commanding officers, the ill-tempered and indestructible Staff Sergeant Robert Barnes and the more pleasant and cooperative Sergeant Elias Grodin. A line is drawn between the two officers and a number of men in the platoon when an illegal killing occurs during a village raid. As the war continues, Chris himself draws towards psychological meltdown. And as he struggles for survival, he soon realizes he is fighting two battles, the conflict with the enemy and the conflict between the men within his platoon.

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237 reviews
pamela parr
December 13, 2022
I first watched this film 40 years ago with my husband who was fighting in the south african border war at the time. I have watched it again now for the first time in over 40 years and it is a profoundly evocative and highly moving film and show the true ugly brutality of war, its futility and the carnage it wreaks not only physically but the mental and psychological scars that we all carry with us for the rest of our lives. It is one of the best Vietnam films I have watched.
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Eduardo Alarcon
June 21, 2020
La película está en inglés y con unos subtítulos q no se logran ver xq son demasiado pequeños no sé cómo hacer para anular la compra si no la puedo ver
71 people found this review helpful
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Skroutz Bar
March 8, 2021
It's amazing movie but kinda boring but it's so cool I have see all the war movies 1914-1970 I mean the wars not when the movies make
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