Gardens of Stone (1987)



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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 … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Ron Bass, Ronald Bass
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 25, 2002
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


as Sgt. Clell Hazard

as Jackie Willow

as Samantha Davis

as Sgt. Maj. 'Goody' Ne...

as Capt. Homer Thomas

as Betty Rae

as Lt. Webber

as Pete Deveber

as Lt. Webber

as Cpl. Flanagan

as Pvt. Albert Wildman

as Col. Feld

as Mrs. Feld

as First Sgt. `Slasher'...

as Col. Godwin

as Don Brubaker

as Navy Captain

as Lt. Colonel

as Lt. Horton

as Blue Lieutenant

as Soldier

as Soldier

as Wedding Friend

as ANC Driver
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Critic Reviews for Gardens of Stone

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (7)

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.

Full Review… | December 11, 2007
Top Critic

There's a pervasive and worrying sense of the central issues being gently but undeniably fudged.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The most important missing ingredient is Mr. Coppola.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

A handsome but fragmentary film that can't decide which story to tell.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

There's a curious ambiguity in Coppola's feelings about the soldiers and their life.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Every moment is right, and yet the film as a whole is incomplete.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Gardens of Stone


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.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


Francis Ford Coppola directs this rather humdrum drama about the Old Guard (charged with burying many soldiers in military funerals) during the Vietnam War. James Caan and James Earl Jones are good...but D.B. Sweeney is kind of weak here. The script is a little too weak, with forced and tired views on the Vietnam War being continuously drudged out with little impact. I didn't care about the characters or most of what is going is too dull and drab. You have to wonder why Coppola would return to the subject of Vietnam (in any small capacity) after he put his all into "Apocalypse Now". I would say this is one of Coppola's weakest efforts.

Kenny Scheck

Coppola directs an all star cast in a gripping drama set during the Vietnam War but told from the perspective of Arlington National Cemetary. I've watched this movie over a hundred times.

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