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“One of the top ten best war films ever made. ”

Written on: 13/01/2009 by john blane (8 reviews written)

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Brilliant acting and tense storyline

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General Comments
One of the top ten best war films ever made.

Film is in two halves. First half portrays Marine bootcamp and the training the soldiers undertake. The Marine Sergeant is/was actually a real life Marine Sergeant and not an actor. Brilliant lines and a twist in it ( I say no more).

The 2nd part is the story of the battle of Hue in (what was South) Vietnam - and tells out the guerilla warfare style battle there - boobytraps; female snipers; fear etc.

It's brutal and minimal - no glamourising war here in any respect.

The film is sourced from the excellent book 'The Short-timers' by Gustav Hasford and this is well worth reading too.

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