Director: Theatrical Release: 1989
Rated: R (MPAA)
Length: 119 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
After being denied the chance to go to a nearby village to visit a prostitute before starting a a reconnaissance mission, a tough, embittered American sergeant (Sean Penn) involves the four men of his patrol in the kidnapping of a young Vietnamese woman. The impending gang rape and murder of the woman splits the patrol into two factions, those for it, and those against it--with young Eriksson (Michael J. Fox) leading the dissension. But before long, the sergeant has convinced everyone but Eriksson to go along with the plan, making an already difficult mission unbearable for the morally conscious young soldier. Penn gives a powerful performance in this brutal, thoughtful war film from a script by playwright David Rabe (HURLYBURLY).;
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Don Harvey - American Supporting Actor
Thuy Thy Le -
Sean Penn - Actor, Director
Ving Rhames - Actor
John C. Reilly - American Supporting Actor
Dale Dye - American Producer/Writer
John Leguizamo - American Actor/Writer
David Rabe - PLAYWRIGHT/SCREENWRITER
"...A portrait of hell so harrowing it's impossible to shake....De Palma's merciless vision is unblinking..."
"...CASUALTIES OF WAR is the strongest, the simplest and the most painful of all the Vietnam movies....It's about the agony of seeing terrible things too clearly..."
"...A superb film. DePalma may have found here the perfect arena for his darkly voluptuous expertise..."
"[The film] manages to churn out an effective moral conflict..."