Vietnam War films

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    During the mid-70s, Hollywood began beseiging audiences with Vietnam war movies. Most of these films; the ones I saw, were terrribly flawed, lacked authenticity, and depicted the American infantry soldier in less than a honorable light. Well, what else could be expected from Hollywood filmmakers and their anti-war agendas. Anything depicting the US military in a bad way was the popular way to go and that surely would bring smiles to those in the anti-war movement. They, afterall worked hand in hand. Later on another film was released about the war in Vietnam which earned a thumbs up in my book and for the most part was done right this time. The details were pretty much up to snuff, though not perfect. The film depicted in 1965 a U.S. Army Battalion, 7th Cavalry of the 1st Cavalry Diivision being overrun by 2,000 North Vietnamese (regulars) troops in the Central Highlands of Vietnam's 'Ia Drang Valley. If if ever there was a better film about Vietnam, this in my opinion is it. "WE WERE SOLDIERS...Once And Young".. a true story.
     
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    Sergeant Ernie Savage: Beautiful morning, Sergeant!

    Sergeant Major Basil Plumley: What are you a fucking weatherman now?
     
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    Odd that War films never spend much time dealing with the outcomes of war, isn't it?

    My VietNam war was dealing with those outcomes.

    It was not glorious, it was not heroic, it was stinking wounds and young men trying to cope with the fact that they would never ever be the same people they were before they went into a glorious war.
     
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    One of the better films was a low budget limited release picture called 'Go tell the Spartans' with Burt Lancaster. The film was based on actual first hand accounts of the advisors in Vietnam in 1964 before LBJ heavily comitted US forces in 1965.

    Among the worst films are 'Platoon' which is so laughable you can count the war crimes in the dozens portrayed on film, 'The Deer Hunter' which again shows us how hollywood treated the subject matter, and the most rediculous, 'Apocolypse now' which was really Conreid's 'Heart of Darkness' reset in Cambodia.
     
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    Try "The Deerhunter."
     
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    lancaster took a lot of grief to get that made. good movie, imo.

    i liked we were soldiers and deerhunter. coming home is okay.
     
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    Platoon did well in it's addressing the different personalities and how war affected them. You couldn't have the "crusader" (Elias) nor the disaffected anti-hero (Taylor) without a Sgt Barnes -- a killing machine interested only in results.

    The war played second-fiddle to the affects it had on the lives of the characters and their community in the Deerhunter. I thought that film was excellent in that it actually addressed the people involved and the climax wasn't an overwhelming military victory for the US.

    Apocalypse Now and Hamburger Hill were both stupid, IMO.

    The biggest problem, IMO, is, people believe that shit. The culminating event being leftwingers actually nominated Kerry, who built his political career on having "witnessed" in 4 months every stereotypical war crime there ever was.
     
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    That is why I mentioned platoon and deerhunter, the in country parts are so over the top people believed them. As movies they are fine, but as a depiction of war they rank up there with movies like 'Flying Tigers' or other silly propaganda movies in the portrayal of it.

    I doubt you will ever see a truely accurate movie on Vietnam at this point, the war was just too unpopular.
     

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