Casualties of War

Still of Michael J. Fox and Sean Penn in Casualties of WarStill of Michael J. Fox and Sean Penn in Casualties of War

Plot

During the Vietnam War, a soldier finds himself the outsider of his own squad when they unnecessarily kidnap a female villager.

Release Year: 1989

Rating: 7.0/10 (18,741 voted)

Director:
Brian De Palma

Stars: Michael J. Fox, Sean Penn, Don Harvey

Storyline
During the Vietnam war, a girl is taken from her village by five American soldiers. Four of the soldiers rape her, but the fifth refuses. The young girl is killed. The fifth soldier is determined that justice will be done. The film is more about the realities of war, rather than this single event.

Writers: Daniel Lang, David Rabe

Cast:

Michael J. Fox

Eriksson


Sean Penn

Sgt. Tony Meserve


Don Harvey

Cpl. Thomas E. Clark


John C. Reilly

PFC Herbert Hatcher


John Leguizamo

PFC Antonio Diaz


Thuy Thu Le

Oanh


Erik King

Brown


Jack Gwaltney

Rowan


Ving Rhames

Lt. Reilly


Dan Martin

Sgt. Hawthorne


Dale Dye

Capt. Hill


Steve Larson

Agent #1


John Linton

Agent #2


Vyto Ruginis

Prosecutor


Al Shannon

Wilkins

Taglines:
Even in war… murder is murder.

Release Date: 18 August 1989

Filming Locations: Dolores Park, San Francisco, California, USA



Box Office Details

Budget: $22,500,000

(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $5,201,261
(USA)
(20 August 1989)
(1487 Screens)

Gross: $18,671,317
(USA)



Technical Specs

Runtime:


 |
USA:
(extended version)



Did You Know?

Trivia:

The railroad trestle bridge utilized in the firefight near the end of the film (located in Kanchanaburi, Thailand) is part of the Japanese transportation system as portrayed in the film
The Bridge on the River Kwai. This particular bridge was constructed by prisoners of war held captive by the Japanese when Thailand was under Japanese occupation during World War II.

Goofs:

Anachronisms:
The division patch worn on the shoulder is that of the Americal Division (23rd Inf Div), which wasn't formed until mid 1967.

Quotes:

[the squad watches the storm after raping the girl]

Clark:
When's the last time you had a real woman, Sarge?

Meserve:
She was real. I think she was real.



User Review

Disturbing and highly compelling war/drama.

Rating: 10/10

"Casualties of War" is based on a horrifying true accident which took place
in 1966.Some American soldiers abducted a teen-age Vietnamese girl and
dragged her on a long-range reconnaissance mission.They tortured,raped and
finally murdered her.Michael J.Fox is excellent as a the only soldier in the
platoon who tries to stop the violent crime.Thuy Thu Le is also impressive
as the victim-her performance is so convincing that I'm surprised that she
hasn't appeared in the other movies.The rape/murder scene is among the most
heart-breaking sequences ever captured on screen.The film is well-directed
by Brian De Palma("Sisters","Carrie","Dressed to Kill")and it delivers the
message which tells the viewer that war is hell and can turn young men into
monsters.A must-see for fans of disturbing and thought-provoking
cinema.