Casualties of War

August 18, 1989 0 By Fans
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Still of Michael J. Fox and Sean Penn in Casualties of WarStill of Michael J. Fox and Sean Penn in Casualties of War


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)

Brian De Palma

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

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


Michael J. Fox


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


Erik King


Jack Gwaltney


Ving Rhames

Lt. Reilly

Dan Martin

Sgt. Hawthorne

Dale Dye

Capt. Hill

Steve Larson

Agent #1

John Linton

Agent #2

Vyto Ruginis


Al Shannon


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


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

Gross: $18,671,317

Technical Specs


(extended version)

Did You Know?


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.


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


[the squad watches the storm after raping the girl]

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

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