Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Mar 2018)
Brief Synopsis – An Army Colonel is tasked with taking some of the country’s best soldier to Vietnam where they must conduct two dangerous yet vital operations for the American forces.
My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve heard about for decades, but never got around to seeing it until now.
John Wayne wanted to show support for the troops fighting Vietnam so he agreed to make a film to help boost the morale.
Despite the large amount of criticism for Wayne being cast in the lead that should be decades younger, the story and film works really well to give us an idea of what was apparently going on in Vietnam at that time.
Wayne is joined by a great cast of supporting actors who help enhance the story and the believability of it all.
The choice to now give all of the characters immunity works well and it comes across as seeming quite realistic depiction of the War in Vietnam.
What’s ironic about this film is that it was released during the early stages of the public’s growing dissatisfaction of the war and this film was used as propaganda by the government to get people to try and understand better.
I can’t say that their tactic actually worked, but this is still a poignant look at the Vietnam War.
After 50 years since it’s release it’s easy to see how politicized this storyline truly is and how they realistically try and show that War is truly Hell.
Bottom Line – Very interesting film that works quite well despite the criticism of Wayne being too old for such a part. The supporting cast is great too and they help enhance the storyline along with Wayne. I give them credit for not granting any of the characters immunity and trying to keep things realistic. Ironically, at the time, no one knew what would eventually happen in Vietnam and this film was used as propaganda by the government to show that things aren’t as bad as some people thought at the time. In retrospect, this is a very politicized film yet still a good depiction of the hell that war is. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – At the beginning of filming George Takei told John Wayne he was strongly against the Vietnam War. Wayne replied that so was half of the cast and crew, and that he had hired Takei for his acting ability and not for his political views. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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