Number of Times Seen – Twice (Cable in the 80’s and 20 May 2020)
Brief Synopsis – Two friends in college try and come to terms with the war in Vietnam and how it affects both their lives and the lives of the people in their small town.
My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing on cable not long after it came out and was curious to see whether it would still hold up after more than 30 years.
This was made when both Kiefer Sutherland and Robert Downey JR. were still climbing their way to the top and they both deliver great performances with these roles.
Love the way that they both play these characters so differently yet, it’s easy to see why they still remain such good friends despite their differences.
This is a really well written film that finds a way to stay quite poignant from start to finish.
The film deals with some very powerful messages that reflect on the viewpoints of war, peace and what it means to grow up during the time of a raging war overseas.
The themes are presented well and resonate throughout.
Besides Downey and Sutherland, this film sports a great supporting cats that includes Bruce Dern, as a patriotic father who fought courageously for his country, Mariette Hartley, as a mother who doesn’t know what to think about her family’s involvement in the war and Winona Ryder as a student against the war.
Each of them is able to show their emotions about their thoughts on things which helps make this even more powerful to watch.
Ernest Thompson does a wonderful job both writing and directing this film and is able to find a way to make these characters and the situations they find themselves in so much more enjoyable because they fee so realistic the whole way through.
Bottom Line – Really well written film that remain quite poignant throughout. Sutherland and Downey are both great in the two lead roles and we get to see the diversity between their characters. The film deals with some really powerful messages about war, peace and growing up and the find a way to allow these themes to resonate the whole way through. In addition to the two leads, the supporting cast is also great with Dern, Hartley and Ryder giving us characters that really are able to show their emotions about al of the events presented here. Thompson does a great job both writing and directing this film and finds a way to make these characters and the situations that they deal with so enjoyable and powerful to watch unfold. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Kiefer Sutherland first moved to Los Angeles, he shared an apartment with Robert Downey, Jr. for over a year. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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