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Gardens of Stone (1987)

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Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 6

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Set in Washington D.C. during the Vietnam War era, Gardens of Stone concentrates on the trials and tribulations of the Arlington National Cemetery home guard. James Caan plays career soldier Sgt. Clell Hazard, who has come to the sad conclusion that Vietnam is unwinnable and that America should withdraw as soon as possible. His attitude is contrasted to that held by Private Jackie Willow (D.B. Sweeney), who wants nothing more in life than to go into battle for his country. Though Hazard cannot

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Ron Bass

Jun 25, 2002

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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Seems to take its name not so much from the Arlington Memorial Cemetery, where much of the action takes place, but from the stiffness of the characters it portrays.

December 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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There's a pervasive and worrying sense of the central issues being gently but undeniably fudged.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The most important missing ingredient is Mr. Coppola.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A handsome but fragmentary film that can't decide which story to tell.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Francis Coppola's 1987 Vietnam meditation was his best film in a while, though it's still something less than satisfying.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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There's a curious ambiguity in Coppola's feelings about the soldiers and their life.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Subdued war drama on life on the home front during the Vietnam war.

May 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Unjustly underrated upon its release, Gardens of Stone is a quiet, respectful film filled with emotional power, exceptional acting (especially by Caan), and technical virtuosity.

December 11, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Subtle and elegiac, Coppola's anti-Vietnam War meditation is one of the director's most misunderstood films.

August 2, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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"sheer dreariness directed with fists of ham"

July 29, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

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It's taken 20 (plus) years but Coppola's much maligned take on the effects of an unpopular war seems to have found it's relevance.
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