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Casualties Of War [DVD]

Michael J. Fox , Sean Penn , Dale Dye    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Michael J. Fox, Sean Penn, Don Harvey, John C. Reilly, John Leguizamo
  • Directors: Dale Dye
  • Producers: Stephen H. Burum
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German, Italian, Spanish, French, English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Uca Catalogue
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Oct 2004
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002Z9WCU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,051 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Based on a real incident, this Vietnam war drama tells the story of one soldier's quest for truth and justice amidst the violence and moral incertitude of war. On patrol with the hard-nosed Sergeant Meserve (Sean Penn), US infantryman Private Eriksson (Michael J. Fox) refuses to join in when Meserve and the other soldiers kidnap, rape and murder a Vietnamese girl (Thuy Thu Le). Eriksson's stance then puts him in a dangerous position when the patrol returns to base, as the other soldiers get increasingly worried that he might report them.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a bleeding classic! 3 Sep 2007
By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE
Casualties of war is a film that isnt really a war movie in the vein of saving private ryan or platoon,this is a moralistic look at the fact that even in war ,murder is still murder.When i say this isnt a war movie,i mean that battle scenes and loss of life and people dying in friends arms isnt really how this film flows,set in vietnam during the famous war,a squadroon of soldiers kidnap a young local woman and destroy her to pieces,michael j fox plays the soldier who doesnt like what he has seen and wont let it rest,morals and what would you do if? pour from this and i love it.
Brian de Palma does a fine job in his directing here,bringing the viewer into the small wars within war and how war can overtake the human in you and make one a savage.
The film flows like vintage wine,dont think i have had any vintage wine,but thats the expression that springs to mind,a real gem of a movie,certainly overlooked but brilliantly made,brilliantly acted and a masterpiece in my eyes,five stars are earnt here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable. 13 Jan 2007
Strong performances by both Michael.J.Fox and Sean Penn(even if he does sound like he is eating a toffee when he talks)in this true story of a squad of soldiers in Vietnam who go on to rape and murder a young local girl and Private Eriksson(Fox)is so disgusted that he is forced to reported the incident and stands alone against his fellow soldiers and commanding officer Sergeant Meserve(Penn).

Not too many battle scenes to witness as this film is more about one mans quest for sanity and justice amidst the chaos of war.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking 30 Oct 2006
This is a harrowing and thought-provoking Vietnam true-story about a US platoon that kidnap, rape and murder a young Vietnamese woman during a patrol, and how one member of the platoon who refuses to comply with his Platoon Sergeant's orders seeks justice against those other members of his platoon who were responsible. The film is gripping and an indictment not only of the men who carried out the atrocities but also of the US Army whose senior Officers tried to cover up the incident to avoid a political backlash.

One of the best of the anti-Vietnam war films, with a moving Ennio Morricone score.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am very happy with the service from this seller. 28 April 2014
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A great film witch really shows how easy evil can come out of people by either doing or not doing anything.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 6 Sep 2013
By Bandido
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I asked my uncle which Vietnam film was the most realistic, bearing in mind he had just retired as a 3 star major general he came back with this. I was surprised but then he spent six years over there and knew what happened.

This film show the true reality of an army without training, discipline and no respect for any non US people, they regarded the locals as animals and treated them as such. This film depicts the effect on a young soldier with a conscience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good 24 Jun 2013
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very entertaining could,nt take my eyes off would recommend this dvd very good acting even my young nephew has borrowed it
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1.0 out of 5 stars penn is atrocious 29 May 2013
absolute garbage - only good part is the titles. Absolute drivel, I didn't enjoy one second of this film and I tortured my way through the entire thing. The dialogue is horrific and this is no Platoon so it can't get away with it. Michael J Fox does a good job at carrying the other actors, including the inept Penn who just drowns in his own ability to do anything remotely believable, but even Fox gets sucked under by the momentum of this nose dive of a film. No wonder Penn has taken up psuedo-politics, I guess he gave up 'acting' before anyone really caught onto the fact he totally sucks at acting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Feels like a TV mini-series 21 April 2013
By Mr. P. Johnson VINE VOICE
*****Contains plot spoilers*****

Despite the fact that it feels (to me at least) like a TV series with some episodes missed out, this is a big-budget, star-studded film set during the Vietnam war. Strangely overlooked, alongside the better-known epics such as `Platoon', and `Hamburger Hill', this 1989 film was directed by Brian de Palma, well-known director of `Scarface', and `The Untouchables'. It deals with a real-life incident, when a small patrol is sent out on a mission to locate the Vietcong. The tough platoon leader, a suitably hard-nosed Sean Penn, decides that they will take a girl along, to provide sexual favours, and promptly kidnaps an innocent young woman from a nearby village. The rest of the squad (John Leguziamo, John C. Reilly, and others) are happy to go along with this plan, and all participate in the unpleasant, graphic gang-rape of the unfortunate girl. However, one member of the squad, played by Michael J.Fox, refuses to join in, and tries to help the girl, as best as he is able. When they later stumble across a large Vietcong unit, and are forced into combat, the leader fears discovery, and orders the men to kill the girl.
Returning to camp, Fox's character fears his life may be in danger, and an attempt to blow him up forces his hand. He reports the crime, and despite resistance from his superiors, eventually gets a Court Martial for those concerned. There are also good cameos from Ving Rhames, and the excellent Dale Dye, as officers who want no part of the proceedings; and a heart-rending performance from Thuy Thu Le, as the unfortunate hostage. There are obvious issues about men disturbed by war, casual killing, and living a life with no rules. The film attempts to show that life always has a way of catching up, and justice eventually prevails.
If only that was true.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars sobering and encouraging at the same time
supposedly based on real events and individuals which fits into the genre of movies that i prefer.
most of all, i am so glad i missed that war, by the skin of my teeth. Read more
Published 15 months ago by sixstring
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a film to watch with mum?
Great delivery & quality good.
Fair price for a dvd.
Long time since i saw this one, & one more class peice of acting from the once great & now ill (M J FOX). Read more
Published 15 months ago by Red squirrel
5.0 out of 5 stars casualties of war
what a fantastic film well made brilliant from start to finish.
only the fact its a true story horrified me
Published 20 months ago by lissa
4.0 out of 5 stars THE DARK SIDE OF---- Vietnam War----
Hailed by critics as a masterpiece,
Casualties of War is based on the true story of a squad of soldiers caught in the moral quagmire of wartime Vietnam. Read more
Published on 8 May 2012 by S. F. husseiny
3.0 out of 5 stars Endured,not really enjoyed
This is a harrowing film. WE know this kind of thing goes on in all wars but I think it`s a bit too much to show it in a movie. It`s not a popcorn movie. Read more
Published on 11 Jun 2011 by johnmoore
3.0 out of 5 stars A Grim True Story
This film looks great and certainly should be seen, however be prepared, it is very grim, much more than your average anti-war movie. Read more
Published on 12 May 2011 by j.r
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but goodie
I loved this movie. It was heart wrenching as it was based on true events. It makes you see both sides of the war. Read more
Published on 22 July 2010 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Nonsense in the Palm House.
When I first watched this film some years ago, I thought what a powerfully made anti war film it was. But it is amazing what a difference the passing of a few years makes! Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2010 by Bob Salter
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