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Casualties of War

Casualties of War

Casualties of War

1989 / 113min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: BRIAN DE PALMA

CAST: MICHAEL J. FOX, SEAN PENN, JOHN C. REILLY, JOHN LEGUIZAMO

SCREENPLAY - DAVID RABE
MUSIC - ENNIO MORRICONE

De Palma’s entry in the late-eighties canon of films about the Vietnam War is a devastating, uncompromising drama, and one of the director’s most sobering visions. Based on a New Yorker article and book about the shocking rape and murder of a young Vietnamese woman by an American patrol, the film pits a villainous Sean Penn, deranged by war, against a heroic Michael J. Fox, desperate to remain idealistic amidst the madness of battle. Said Pauline Kael in her famously ecstatic review: “When you leave the theater, you’ll probably find that you’re not ready to talk about it. You may also find it hard to talk lightly about anything.”