Casualties of War (1989)
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Casualties of War was based on a New Yorker article by Daniel Lang. This, in turn, was inspired by a true incident which illustrated the dehumanizing aspects of the Vietnam experience. Michael J. Fox plays Eriksson, a member of an American squadron stationed in the deepest jungles of Southeast Asia. Sean Penn co-stars as Meserve, the squadron sergeant, who vows revenge after his best friend is killed. He orders his men to invade a village and "requisition" a young Vietnamese girl (Thuy Thu Lee),
Jan 1, 1989 Wide
Dec 11, 2001
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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This Vietnam War saga, inspired by a true story, is among De Palma's better pictures, devoid of his usual gimmicry and cynicism.
It's a fat glop of obvious screen manipulation that preserves a frightening human core, making the life and death struggle all the more shocking.
De Palma uses his consummate filmmaking skill to craft a reflection of his own grave sorrow about the Vietnam era.
Fox is quite touching here, topped only by Sean Penn in a superb, frightening performance.
Disturbing anti-war film with strong Sean Penn and surprisingly effective Michael J. Fox.
A tour-de-force for De Palma, Penn and Fox - possibly one of the best war movies ever made
Worthwhile drama set in the Vietnam War
Harrowing drama with strong performances
Examines the dehumanizing effects of war, and implies that the soldiers who commit the atrocities are as much a victim of that dehumanization as the girl who they victimize
The equation of sanctioned and unsanctioned barbarism in the climactic moments of Casualties is about as damning an indictment of the way that humanity justifies immoral acts during war as I've seen.
Michael J. Fox is a little hard to buy in this one.
Too strident in its anti-war sentiment. Penn almost comes across as a caricature.
An underrated film with perhaps the greatest performance that Michael J. Fox ever gave. DePalma looks at Vietnam through a different persepective than an audience is used to, making this far from your typical war movie. Penn, as always, is riveting to wat
Who'd have thought De Palma had a war flick in him?
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