Casualties of War

  • 18
  • Brian De Palma (1989)
  • US
  • 108 min
Casualties of War
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

It's not as well known as The Deer Hunter, Apocalypse Now or Platoon, but this Vietnam War tale is just as disturbing and probably more provocative since its content is far riskier. Directed by Brian De Palma, it has at its centre the fact-based story of a Vietnamese woman who is kidnapped and brutally raped by four GIs. While battle-scarred Sean Penn leads the assault, new recruit Michael J Fox stands back but doesn't help her. The film's compassion for the woman hits us directly, as does the way De Palma sets up the episode by showing the brutalisation of Penn and his colleagues in the preceding scenes. Filmed with all of De Palma's technical bravura, it heads towards an epilogue that reaches an emotional precipice and then leaps confidently over it.

Plot Summary

War drama starring Michael J Fox and Sean Penn. During a bus journey in San Francisco, a young man daydreams of his tour of duty in Vietnam when, as a raw recruit, he was brought face to face with the horrors of war.

Cast and crew

Cast

Eriksson
Michael J Fox
Sergeant Tony Meserve
Sean Penn
Corporal Thomas E Clark
Don Harvey
Herbert Hatcher
John C Reilly
Diaz
John Leguizamo
Oahn
Thuy Thu Le
Sergeant Frank Brown
Erik King
Rowan
Jack Gwaltney
Lieutenant Reilly
Ving Rhames
Hawthorne
Dan Martin
Captain Hill
Dale Dye
Agent
Steve Larson
Agent
John Linton
Prosecutor
Vyto Ruginis
Wilkins
Al Shannon

Crew

Director
Brian De Palma

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Columbia Pictures
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing and nudity.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate 18
Distributor:
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment UK
Categories
Drama

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