The Walking Dead (1994)




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Using relatively unknown actors, first-time screenwriter-director Preston A. Whitmore II examines the effects of the Vietnam War on four black Marines sent on a doomed prisoner-of-war rescue mission. The four men are what's left of a platoon that's been decimated after landing behind enemy lines. In charge is Sergeant Barkley (Joe Morton), a no-nonsense, Bible-quoting preacher who is leading three privates to find a POW camp in an abandoned temple. Cole Evans (Allen Payne) is an intellectual who is highly political, racially proud, and a devoted family man. Joe Brooks (Vonte Sweet) is a cheerful, naïve, and brave young soldier. Hoover Branche (Eddie Griffin) is a dope-smoking, foul-mouthed rebel who hates the war and fights the sergeant constantly. They eventually are joined by a crazy, bloodthirsty white soldier, Pippins (Roger Floyd). Flashbacks reveal why each character joined the Marines. Pippins entered the recruiting office to escape rival gang members who were trying to kill him. Brooks enlisted to impress his girlfriend. Branche signed up after being fired from a meat-packing plant for stealing a ham that he used as admission to a party where he wanted to woo a girl. Evans enlisted because bigoted real estate agents prevented him from buying a decent home for his family in L.A. -- he intended to become a Marine officer so that he can get free housing. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi
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Allen Payne
as Pfc. Cole Evans
Eddie Griffin
as Pvt. Hoover Branche
Joe Morton
as Sgt. Barkley
Vonte Sweet
as Pfc. Joe Brooks
Roger Floyd
as Cpl. Pippins
Ion Overman
as Shirley Evans
Kyley Jackman
as Sandra Evans
Jean-Claude La Marre
as Pvt. Earl Anderson
Lena Sang
as Barbara Jean
Dana Point
as Edna
Doil Williams
as Harold
Damon Jones
as Second Lt. Duffy
Vivienne Sendaydiego
as Vietnamese Woman
Hank Stone
as First Sgt. Hall
Frank Price
as Mr. Dutkiewicz
Susan Ursitti
as Ms. Glusac
Joshua Armstrong
as Marine Recruiter
Terrence King
as Brenda's Lover
Nicole Avant
as Rhonda
Lisa Walker
as Pippins' Girlfriend
Jean Claude Lamarre
as Pvt. Earl Anderson
Lisa Ann Walker
as Pippins' Girlfriend
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The zombie-horror-film title is the most dramatic feature of this meandering combat melodrama.

Full Review… | August 5, 2015
Entertainment Weekly
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Paying tribute to the black American combat soldier, this is an earnest, socially conscious film that is neither effective as an actioner nor as a personal drama.

Full Review… | October 31, 2006
Top Critic

An admirable attempt, but these soldier's stories could be told a whole lot better.

April 2, 2005

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July 29, 2002
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Austin Chronicle

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