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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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CastJohn C. Reilly
DirectorBrian De Palma
Release Date:  1989
MPAA Rating:  R
DVD Release Date:  Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (December 11, 2001)
Runtime:  2hr 0min
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review by . February 04, 2000
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Pros: Michael wins in the end     Cons: There are no winners in war     This dark and brooding reflection of a troop in the Vietnam conflict shows the results of children having a little power and watching it spiral into Hell.      Michael J. Fox and Sean Penn (God, they were both babies) gave insightful peeks into the devastation that results from exposure to the violent and evil side of life.      Sean Penn, barely …
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