Category:Anti-war films about the Vietnam War
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The following 22 pages are in this category, out of 22 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. The Deer Hunter – The three soldiers are played by Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and John Savage, with John Cazale, Meryl Streep, and George Dzundza playing supporting roles. The story takes place in Clairton, Pennsylvania a small working class town on the Monongahela River south of Pittsburgh, and in Vietnam. The film was based in part on a screenplay called The Man Who Came to Play by Louis Garfinkle and Quinn K. Redeker, about Las Vegas. The film went over-budget and over-schedule, and ended up costing $15 million, the scenes depicting Russian roulette were highly controversial after the films release.100 Movies list. The opening scenes set the traits of the three main characters, the recurring theme of hunting with one shot, which is how Mike prefers to take down a deer, is introduced. Before the trio ships out, Steven and his girlfriend Angela, who is pregnant by another man, in the meantime, Mike works to control his feelings for Nicks girlfriend Linda. At the wedding held at the local VFW hall, the guys drink, dance, sing, and enjoy the festivities. Mike attempts to ask what Vietnam is like, but the soldier ignores him, after Mike explains that he, Steven, and Nick are going to Vietnam, the Green Beret raises his glass and says fuck it. After being restrained by the others from starting a fight, Mike goes back to the bar and, in a mocking jest to the soldier, raises his glass, the soldier then glances over at Mike and grins. Later, Steven and Angela drink from conjoined goblets, a part of the Orthodox wedding ceremony. It is believed that if they drink without spilling any wine, two drops of blood-red wine unknowingly spill on her wedding gown. After Linda catches the bouquet, Nick asks her to marry him. Later that night, a drunken Mike runs through the town, after Nick chases him down, he begs Mike not to leave him over there if anything happens in combat. The next day, Mike, Nick, Stan, John, Mike is exasperated by his friends, especially Stan, who drinks and clowns, showing little respect for the ritual of hunting, which to Mike is a nearly sacred experience. Only Nick understands Mikes attitude, but he is more indulgent toward his friends, Mike goes hunting afterwards and kills a deer with one, clean shot. Act one finishes with the friends arriving back at Welshs bar and they enter rambunctiously, spraying beers over each other and singing loudly. Welsh then makes his way to a piano and begins playing methodically as the others sit quietly and they sit in silence, strewn all over the bar, as their friend plays Chopins Nocturne No.6 Op. 15-3, a peaceful, yet ominous melody. The film then abruptly to war-torn Vietnam, where U. S. helicopters attack a Communist-occupied village with napalm
2. Apocalypse Now – Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American epic war film directed, produced and co-written by Francis Ford Coppola and co-written by John Milius with narration by Michael Herr. It stars Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen, Frederic Forrest, Albert Hall, Sam Bottoms, Larry Fishburne, the screenplay written by Milius updates the setting of Joseph Conrads novella Heart of Darkness to that of the Vietnam War. It draws from Herrs Dispatches, and Werner Herzogs Aguirre, the Wrath of God, the film revolves around Captain Benjamin L. Willard on a secret mission to assassinate Colonel Kurtz, a renegade who is presumed insane. The film has been noted for the problems encountered while making it, chronicled in the documentary Hearts of Darkness, problems continued after production as the release was postponed several times while Coppola edited thousands of feet of film. Apocalypse Now was released to universal acclaim and it was honored with the Palme dOr at Cannes, nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama. It is considered to be one of the greatest films ever made, the film was ranked No.14 in the British Film Institutes Sight and Sound greatest films poll in 2012. In 2000, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being culturally, historically or aesthetically significant. During the Vietnam War in 1969, Army Special Forces Colonel Walter E. Kurtz has gone insane and now commands his own Montagnard troops, inside neutral Cambodia, as a demi-god. Willard, initially ambivalent, joins a Navy PBR commanded by Chief, with crewmen Lance, Chef and they rendezvous with surfing enthusiast Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore, 1st Cavalry commander, to discuss going up the Nùng. Kilgore scoffs, but befriends Lance after discovering his surfing experience and they successfully raid at dawn, with Kilgore ordering a napalm sortie on the local cadres. Willard gathers his men to the PBR and journeys upriver, tension arises as Willard believes himself in command of the PBR while Chief prioritizes other objectives over Willards. Slowly making their way upriver, Willard reveals his mission partially to the Chief to assuage his concerns about why his mission should precede, as night falls, the PBR reaches the American Do Lung Bridge outpost on the Nùng River. Willard and Lance enter seeking information for what is upriver, unable to find the commander, Willard orders the Chief to continue as an unseen enemy launches a strike on the bridge. The next day, Willard learns from dispatch that another SOG operative, Captain Colby, meanwhile, as the crew read letters from home, Lance activates a smoke grenade, attracting the attention of a camouflaged enemy, and Mr. Clean is killed. Further upriver, Chief is impaled by a spear thrown by the natives, Willard suffocates him and Lance buries Chief in the river. Willard reveals his mission to Chef but despite his anger towards the mission, he rejects Willards offer for him to continue alone, the PBR arrives at Kurtzs outpost and the surviving crew are met by an American freelance photojournalist, who manically praises Kurtzs genius. As they wander through they come across a near-catatonic Colby, along with other US servicemen now in Kurtzs renegade army. Returning to the PBR, Willard later takes Lance with him, Chef is later killed by Kurtz
3. Hearts and Minds (film) – Hearts and Minds is a 1974 American documentary film about the Vietnam War directed by Peter Davis. The films title is based on a quote from President Lyndon B, johnson, the ultimate victory will depend on the hearts and minds of the people who actually live out there. The movie was chosen as Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 47th Academy Awards presented in 1975, the film premiered at the 1974 Cannes Film Festival. Columbia Pictures refused to distribute the picture, which forced the producers to back the rights. The film was shown in Los Angeles for the one week it needed to be eligible for consideration in the 1974 Academy Awards, life is cheap in the Orient. After an initial take, Westmoreland indicated that he had expressed himself inaccurately, after a second take ran out of film, the section was reshot for a third time, and it was the third take that was included in the film. I wanted the subjects to be the focus, not me as filmmaker, answering a students question about Vietnam at a school assembly, Coker responds that If it wasnt for the people, it was very pretty. The people there are very backwards and primitive and they make out of everything. The camera, which records the agonies of South Vietnamese political prisoners, seems uninterested in the American lieutenants experience of humiliation. The film also features Vietnam war veteran and anti-war activist Bobby Muller, daniel Ellsberg, who had released the Pentagon Papers in 1971, discusses his initial gung-ho attitude toward the war in Vietnam. The concluding interview features US Vietnam veteran Randy Floyd, stating Weve all tried very hard to escape what we have learned in Vietnam, I think Americans have worked extremely hard not to see the criminality that their officials and their policy makers exhibited. Reviewers commonly consider it either a masterpiece of political/documentary filmmaking or a hatchet job on the Vietnam War. Vietnam War films from the 1960s to the 1970s reflected deep divisions at home over the war, some reflected pro-war sentiments and vilified anti-war protesters, while others stood at the opposite end and criticized government officials and policies. Hearts and Minds was one of the first of the latter to have produced and released before the wars end in 1975. Vincent Canby of The New York Times called it an epic documentary, recalls this nations agonizing involvement in Vietnam, something you may think you know all about, including the ending. Desson Thomson of The Washington Post described it as one of the best documentaries ever made, a film about the thoughts and feelings of the era. Rex Reed called it that years best film at the Cannes Film Festival and stated that his is the only film I have ever seen that sweeps away the gauze surrounding Vietnam and tells the truth. World Movies, the Australian subscription TV channel, included Hearts, other reviewers have criticized the movie for its biased presentation
4. Apocalypse Now Redux – Apocalypse Now Redux is a 2001 extended version of Francis Ford Coppolas epic war film Apocalypse Now, which was originally released in 1979. Coppola, along with editor/long-time collaborator Walter Murch, added 49 minutes of scenes that had cut out of the original film. It represents a significant reedit of the original version, Francis Ford Coppola began production on the new cut with working-partner Kim Aubry. Coppola then tried to get Murch, who was reluctant at first and he thought it would be extremely difficult recutting a film that had taken two years to edit originally. Coppola and Murch then examined several of the prints and dailies for the film. It was decided early on that the editing of the film would be like editing a new film altogether, one such example was the new French Plantation sequence. The scenes were edited to fit into the movie originally, only to be cut out in the end. When working again on the film, instead of using the version, Murch decided to work the scene all over again, much work needed to be done to the new scenes. Due to the noises during the shoot, most of the dialogue was impossible to hear. During post-production of the film the actors were brought back to rerecord their lines and this was done for the scenes that made it into the original cut, but not for the deleted scenes. For the Redux version, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Sam Bottoms, Albert Hall, Frederic Forrest, new music was composed and recorded for the remade film. For example, it was no music had been composed for Willard. To make matters worse, composer Carmine Coppola had died in 1991, however, the old recording and musical scores were checked and a track titled Love Theme was found. During scoring, Francis Coppola had told his father to write a theme for the scene before it was ultimately deleted, for the remake, the track was recorded by a group of synthesists. Vittorio Storaro also returned from Italy to head the development of a new balance of the film. When Redux was being released, Storaro learned that a Technicolor dye-transfer process was being brought back, the dye-transfer is a three-strip process that makes the color highly saturated and has consistent black tone. Storaro wished to use this on Redux, but in order to do it, he needed to cut the negative of Apocalypse Now. Storaro decided to do it, when convinced by Coppola that this version would be the one that would be remembered, the film contains several alterations, and two entirely new scenes
5. Across the Universe (film) – Across the Universe is a 2007 British-American jukebox musical romantic drama film directed by Julie Taymor, produced by Revolution Studios, and distributed by Columbia Pictures. The films plot is centered on songs by the Beatles, the script is based on an original story credited to Taymor, Dick Clement, and Ian La Frenais. It incorporates 34 compositions originally written by members of the Beatles, the film stars Jim Sturgess, Evan Rachel Wood, Joe Anderson and T. V. Carpio, and introduces Dana Fuchs and Martin Luther McCoy as actors. Cameo appearances are made by Bono, Eddie Izzard, Joe Cocker, opening to mixed reviews, Across the Universe was nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. Two members of the supporting cast, Carol Woods and Timothy T. Mitchum, the film begins in an unspecified year of the 1960s with Jude, a young shipyard worker from Liverpool, reminiscing about a girl he once knew and loved on the Liverpudlian beach. A few months prior, Jude enlists in the Merchant Navy and jumps ship in New Jersey, hoping to find his American G. I. father, whom he has never met. Jude meets his father, who is a janitor at Princeton University, and befriends Lucys brother, Lucy receives a letter from Daniel, but when Max brings Jude home with him for Thanksgiving, Jude becomes attracted to Lucy. Max drops out of school and he and Jude move into an enclave in Greenwich Village. Meanwhile, after his brother is killed in the 1967 Detroit riot. While Jojo auditions for Sadies band, Max becomes a taxi driver and they are soon joined by Prudence, who has hitchhiked to New York and left an abusive boyfriend. When Daniel is killed in Vietnam, Lucy decides to visit Max in New York before starting college and she and Jude fall in love, while Max is drafted into the army. Prudence is attracted to Sadie, and becomes depressed when Sadie, at a book function for existential drug guru Doctor Robert, Jude, Lucy, Jojo, Sadie and Max drink punch laced with LSD. Max is deployed to Vietnam, leading Lucy to become involved in the anti-war movement, especially with the SDR. Jude remains comparatively apolitical. Jude dislikes the increasing amount of time that Lucy spends with the SDR and suspects that Paco is attempting to seduce Lucy, and this puts a strain on their relationship and affects Judes art. Finally, Jude storms into the SDR office and points out the hypocrisy of the groups actions, Jude follows Lucy to an anti-war demonstration at Columbia University but when the police start arresting the protesters, Jude tries to help Lucy but is beaten by police and arrested. This is also revealed to be the frame of the opening scene. Jojo continues his music, playing guitar in bars, while on tour Sadie drowns her sorrow. Max is wounded in Vietnam and sent home, psychologically scarred, Lucy continues her activities with the SDR, but finds herself caught up as Paco leads the movement deeper and deeper into violence
6. Alice's Restaurant (film) – Alices Restaurant is a 1969 American comedy film co-written and directed by Arthur Penn. It is an adaptation of the 1967 folk song Alices Restaurant Massacree, originally written, the film stars Guthrie as himself, with Pat Quinn as Alice Brock and James Broderick as Ray Brock. Alices Restaurant was released on August 19,1969, a few days after Guthrie appeared at the Woodstock Festival, a soundtrack album for the film was also released by United Artists Records. In 1965, Arlo Guthrie has attempted to avoid the draft by attending college in Montana and his long hair and unorthodox approach to study gets him in trouble with local police as well as residents. He quits school, following which he hitchhikes back East and he first visits his father Woody Guthrie in the hospital. Arlo ultimately returns to his friends Ray and Alice Brock at their home, among these are Arlos school friend Roger and artist Shelley, an ex-heroin addict who is in a motorcycle racing club. Alice is starting up a restaurant in nearby Stockbridge, frustrated with Rays lackadaisical attitude, she has an affair with Shelley, and ultimately leaves for New York to visit Arlo and Roger. Ray comes to take her home, saying he has invited a few friends for Thanksgiving, after loading up a red VW microbus with the garbage, and shovels, and rakes and other implements of destruction, they head for the dump. Finding the dump closed for the holiday, they drive around, at that point, as mentioned in the song. we decided that one big pile is better than two little piles, and rather than bring that one up we decided to throw ours down. The next morning they receive a call from Officer Obie. After admitting to littering, they agree to pick up the garbage, loading up the red VW microbus, they head to the police station where they are immediately arrested. As the song puts it, they are driven to the scene of the crime where the police are engaged in a hugely elaborate investigation. The garbage is eventually taken to New York and placed on a barge, meanwhile, Arlo has fallen in love with a beautiful Asian girl, Mari-chan. Later in the movie, Arlo is called up for the draft, upon returning to the church, Arlo finds Ray and members of the motorcycle club showing home movies of a recent race. Shelley enters, obviously high, and Ray beats him until he reveals his stash of heroin, Shelley roars off into the night on his motorcycle to his death, the next day, Woody dies. Ray and Alice have a wedding in the church. The film ends with Alice standing alone in her wedding gown on the church steps. Emmet Walsh as Group W Sergeant The real Alice Brock makes a number of appearances in the film
7. Born on the Fourth of July (film) – Born on the Fourth of July is a 1989 American war drama film adaptation of the best-selling autobiography of the same name by Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic. Tom Cruise plays Ron Kovic, in a performance that earned him his first Academy Award nomination, Oliver Stone co-wrote the screenplay with Kovic, and also produced and directed the film. Stone wanted to film the movie in Vietnam, but because relations between the United States and Vietnam had not yet been normalized, it was filmed in the Philippines. The film is considered part of Stones trilogy of films about the Vietnam War—following Platoon and preceding Heaven & Earth. Born on the Fourth of July was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won two, for Best Director and Best Film Editing, it won four Golden Globe Awards. The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing $161,001,698 worldwide, in the summer of 1956 in Massapequa, Long Island, New York, 10-year-old Ron Kovic plays soldier in the woods and attends a Fourth of July parade. After watching President John F. Kennedys inaugural address, it inspires him to enlist in the Marines, later, Kovic attends an impassioned lecture about the Marine Corps. He decides to enlist and misses his prom because he is unable to secure a date with his love interest and he confronts her at the prom and has a dance with her on his last night before leaving. Now a Marine sergeant and on patrol during his second Vietnam tour in October 1967, Kovics unit kills a number of Vietnamese civilians in a village, during the retreat, Kovic accidentally kills one of the new arrivals to his platoon, a younger private first class named Wilson. During a firefight in January 1968, Kovic is critically wounded, Kovic desperately tries to walk again with the use of crutches and braces, despite repeated warnings from his doctors. In 1969, Kovic returns home, permanently in a wheelchair, though he tries to maintain his dignity as a United States Marine, Kovic gradually becomes disillusioned, despite being paralyzed, and resorts to alcohol. In Kovics absence, his younger brother Tommy has already become staunchly anti-war, during an Independence Day parade, Kovic shows signs of post-traumatic stress when firecrackers explode. When he is asked to give a speech, a baby in the crowd starts crying. Later, Kovic goes to visit Donna at her college in Syracuse, New York and he and Donna are separated when she and her fellow students are taken away by the police at her college for demonstrating against the Vietnam War. Ron goes to a bar, almost gets into a fight with a fellow Marine, after Ron has a heated argument with his mother, his father decides to send him to Mexico. He arrives in The Village of the Sun, which seems to be a haven for paralyzed Vietnam veterans and he has his first sexual experience with a prostitute, whom he believes he loves, until he sees her with another customer. He hooks up with another veteran, Charlie, and the two travel to what they believe will be a friendlier village. After annoying their taxicab driver, they end up stranded on the side of the road and they are picked up by a man with a truck and driven back to the Village of the Sun
8. The Boys in Company C – The Boys in Company C, directed by Sidney J. It was among the first Vietnam War films to appear after the Vietnam Era, the Boys in Company C is the first in Furies Vietnam War motion picture trilogy, followed by 2001s Under Heavy Fire and 2006s The Veteran. The film was a co-production of Golden Harvest and Columbia Pictures and it was filmed in The Philippines. Wasson plays guitar and sings the theme song Here I Am, used within the film, in August 1967, a group of boys arrive at the USMC induction center. They include draft dodger Dave Brisbee, who is delivered in handcuffs by FBI agents, the other inductees include Tyrone Washington, Billy Ray Pike, Vinnie Fazio and Alvin Foster. The five boys go through basic training together, the training is dehumanizing and brutal, designed to make them think and act in unison. They are then shipped to Vietnam, as their ship docks, Vietnam is a bewildering chaos, bureaucratic incompetence, callous officers concerned only with monthly body counts, and the constant threat of death. Their first firefight occurs while they are bringing vital supplies to an army outpost and those supplies turn out to be crates of cigarettes, liquor, and furniture being sent to a general for his birthday, two men die in the fighting. In January 1968, Company C is ordered by their CO to throw a game against a team of South Vietnamese. The Americans are told that, if they lose, they see no more combat, if they win. The game ends with a Vietcong attack, during which Foster heroically throws himself on a grenade to save some children, the film concludes with the final entry in his journal. Ive decided to give up writing this journal, because I dont know whod believe it after today. Today, the rights are with independent film company Fortune Star Media. The Boys in Company C at the Internet Movie Database
9. The Camden 28 (film) – The Camden 28 is a 2007 documentary film about twenty-eight members of the Catholic Left who were arrested in 1971 for attempting to break into and vandalize a draft board in Camden, New Jersey. The Camden 28 was written, directed, and produced by Anthony Giacchino, in 2007, it was aired as part of PBSs Point of View series. The film was met with critical praise and received an 88% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The Camden 28 - article on the group Official Site The Camden 28 at the Internet Movie Database The Camden 28 on Rotten Tomatoes P. O. V, the Camden 28 - PBSs site dedicated to the film
10. Casualties of War – Casualties of War is a 1989 American war drama film directed by Brian De Palma, with a screenplay by David Rabe, based on the actual events of the incident on Hill 192 in 1966 during the Vietnam War. The picture stars Michael J. Fox and Sean Penn, an article written by Daniel Lang for The New Yorker in 1969, and a subsequent book were the movies primary sources. The story is presented as a flashback of Max Eriksson, a Vietnam veteran, Lt. Reilly leads his platoon of American soldiers on a nighttime patrol. They are attacked by the Viet Cong after a panicked soldier exposes their position, while on flank security, the ground cracks under Eriksson and he ends up partially stuck in a Viet Cong tunnel. Erikssons squad leader, Sergeant Tony Meserve, pulls Eriksson out of the hole and eventually, the platoon takes a break outside a river village in the Central Highlands. While relaxing and joking around, one of Meserves friends, Specialist 4 Brownie Brown, is killed when the Viet Cong ambushes them, brownies death has a major impact on Meserve. Shortly afterward, the platoon is sent back to their barracks at Wolfe Base, Private First Class Antonio Dìaz arrives as the replacement radio operator. Frustrated because his squad has been denied leave for an extended period, Eriksson strenuously objects but Meserve, Cpl. Thomas E. Clark, and Private First Class Herbert Hatcher ignore Erikksons objections, before the five-man squad disembarked, Eriksson talks about his concerns to his closest friend, Rowan. At nightfall, the squad enters a village and kidnaps a Vietnamese girl, as the squad treks through the mountains, Dìaz begins to reconsider raping Than and begs Erikkson to back him up. The squad and Than eventually take refuge in an abandoned hooch, where Erikkson is confronted and threatened by Meserve, Clark, as the taunting continued, Dìaz decides to go along with the rape in order to avoid ridicule. Erikkson, who is now outnumbered, is ordered to the guard the hooch as the rest of the men take their turn raping Than. At daybreak, Erikkson is ordered to guard Than while the rest of the squad takes up a position near a bridge overlooking a Viet Cong river supply depot. Through his acts of kindness, Erikkson manages to earn Thans trust and prepares to go AWOL, however, Meserve sends Clark to get Erikkson and Than to go to the bridge before Erikkson can carry out his plan. Meserve has Dìaz order air support for an assault on the depot, before Dìaz can kill her, Eriksson fires his rifle into the air, exposing them to the nearby Viet Cong. In the midst of the firefight, Than tries to escape, Eriksson tries to save her but is stopped by Meserve, who knocks Eriksson down with the butt of his gun. Eriksson watches helplessly as the entire squad shoots Than numerous times until she falls off of the bridge, after the battle, Eriksson wakes up in a field hospital on Wolfe Base. Erikkson eventually bumps into Rowan and tells him everything that happened, Rowan comforts his friend and suggests that Erikkson sees Lt. Reilly and Company commander Captain Hill