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Posted on Sep 15, 2007 in Books and Movies, Front Page Features

In Country: The Vietnam War on DVD

By Armchair General

 

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Directors Ray Kellogg and John Wayne
Warner Home Video
Released 1997
Rated G

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Image Credit: WARNER HOME VIDEO
The Green Berets from Warner Home Video.

Wayne’s Green Berets are the “cavalry” and the Viet Cong are the “Indians” in this simplistic morality play. The sun shown setting over the South China Sea (it is actually east of Vietnam) is just one of the many goofs in this flawed Eastern “Western.”

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Director Oliver Stone
MGM
Released 2001
Rated R

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Image Credit: MGM
Platoon from MGM.

Many veterans wondered in what war Oliver Stone had served when this Vietnam War movie joined the plethora of others released during the mid-1980s. However, the well-staged combat scenes – particularly the climactic night attack – were the film’s redeeming feature and were likely due to the participation of ex-Marine Dale Dye.

 


 

Armchair General’s Five-Star Rating Scale

5stars.jpg = ACG’S HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION
4stars.jpg = EXCELLENT
3stars.jpg = GOOD
2stars.jpg = BELOW AVERAGE
1star.jpg = NOT RECOMMENDED

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