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Oliver Stone’s brilliant 1986 film on the grunt’s war in Vietnam had a lot to work with: a controversial subject well placed for dramatic effect, brilliant acting from his three leads (Dafoe, Berenger, and, yes, even Sheen), some stunning visual images (more on this in a moment), and the superb employment of Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings. The result is a movie that must rank in the top three of the 1980s and, to boot, one that is impossible to characterize cleanly as an anti-war movie (No one will suspect it of being pro-war.) (more…)

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This movie should join Spielberg’s Schindler’s List and Munich—as well as Hotel Rwanda, Saving Private Ryan, Band of Brothers, and perhaps El Norte —as required ID for the historically literate American. No drinks without a card. No driver’s license, no graduation party, no nuthin’. (more…)

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