The Quiet American

The Quiet American

'The Quiet American' is fast, uneasy and brillantly acted and it is hard to imagine a tighter, more gripping adaptation of Graham Greene's 1955 novel. The cynical reporter, Fowler (Michael Caine - brilliant as usual) and the romantic American (Brendan Fraser) compete for Fowler's mistress, a silken Vietnamese beauty named Phuong (Do Thi Hai Yen); and the struggle over the woman is meant to echo the struggle for Vietnam.

  • This, the 1989 adaptation of Ron Kovic's Vietnam autobiography is among his greats work. Albeit it a little less known, this was actually the platform for his first Academy Award nomination.

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  • Oh Abbie Hoffman, radical 60's dissident. D'Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) does an outstanding job in the lead role of this film. Although one may be sympatheitc to Hoffman's cause you can't help but cringe at how his pe... Oh Abbie Hoffman, radical 60's dissident. D'Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) does an outstanding job in the lead role of this film. Although one may be sympatheitc to Hoffman's cause you can't help but cringe at how his personnal struggles (including drug addiction) at times overshadowed and diminished his activism. But hey, nobodys perfect. Abbie Hoffamn is definately a figure in American history people should know about.

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  • Man, I must have been 14 when I caught this movie on TV and I was riveted! That means a lot considering (from what I remember) this movie is a dialogue heavy film that takes place entirely in an apartment. (This MUST have been a s... Man, I must have been 14 when I caught this movie on TV and I was riveted! That means a lot considering (from what I remember) this movie is a dialogue heavy film that takes place entirely in an apartment. (This MUST have been a stage play or something) Anyway, a soldier comes home to his two parents embroiled in bitter marital strife. Older and somewhat wiser, the young man begins see things clearly as he pieces together from his childhood memories of a marriage he witnessed deteriorating long before he came home from service. Oh, and the soldier is played by a 27 year-old Martin Sheen. Astounding film! I love it!

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  • Watch as vets try to get rich quick! There isn't a plan yet! Parenthood pimps and the hood you grew up in just can't let them relax! Dead Presidents is worth it?

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  • Read Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad and then watch this film. That is all I am going to say.

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  • A film that will go down as one of the most memorable war movies of all time.

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  • Platoon put writer-turned-director Oliver Stone on the Hollywood map; it is still his most acclaimed and effective film, probably because it is based on Stone's firsthand experience as an American soldier in Vietnam. Chris (Charli... Platoon put writer-turned-director Oliver Stone on the Hollywood map; it is still his most acclaimed and effective film, probably because it is based on Stone's firsthand experience as an American soldier in Vietnam. Chris (Charlie Sheen) is an infantryman whose loyalty is tested by two superior officers: Sergeant Elias (Willem Dafoe), a former hippie humanist who really cares about his men (this was a few years before he played Jesus in Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ), and Sergeant Barnes (Tom Berenger), a moody, macho soldier who may have gone over to the dark side. The personalities of the two sergeants correspond to their combat drugs of choice--pot for Elias and booze for Barnes. Stone has become known for his sledgehammer visual style, but in this film it seems perfectly appropriate. His violent and disorienting images have a terrifying immediacy, a you-are-there quality that gives you a sense of how things may have felt to an infantryman in the jungles of Vietnam. Platoon won Oscars for best picture and director.

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  • Oh the humanity! (And the lack of it) This is a critically acclaimed drama about two journalists (one Cambodian and the other American) in Cambodia during the Vietnam War. This movie is hard to watch at times and definitely will h... Oh the humanity! (And the lack of it) This is a critically acclaimed drama about two journalists (one Cambodian and the other American) in Cambodia during the Vietnam War. This movie is hard to watch at times and definitely will have you shaking your head 'why'.

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  • This is the best Vietnam-era movie I've seen in a long time. It's not a "war movie" like Platoon. It's more about one person's experience during the war. Beautiful cinematography, convincing special effects (or are those actu... This is the best Vietnam-era movie I've seen in a long time. It's not a "war movie" like Platoon. It's more about one person's experience during the war. Beautiful cinematography, convincing special effects (or are those actual newsreels?) and the engaging (true, declassified) story of Dieter Dengler's experience on the ground make this worth seeing in the theater.

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  • 2003 was the year of the documentary, Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth notwithstanding. There was My Architect: A Son's Journey and Osama's favorite, Fahrenheit 911 and this - Robert McNamara candidly talks about his experiences i... 2003 was the year of the documentary, Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth notwithstanding. There was My Architect: A Son's Journey and Osama's favorite, Fahrenheit 911 and this - Robert McNamara candidly talks about his experiences in WWII and as Secretary of Defense during the Vietnam War.

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  • A great commentary on the war in Iraq by Robert Scheer. Robert Scheer is a journalist with over 30 years experience. He has built his reputation on the strength of his social and political writing. Between 1964 and 1969, he was V... A great commentary on the war in Iraq by Robert Scheer. Robert Scheer is a journalist with over 30 years experience. He has built his reputation on the strength of his social and political writing. Between 1964 and 1969, he was Vietnam correspondent, managing editor and editor in chief of Ramparts magazine. From 1976 to 1993, he served as a national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, where he wrote articles on such diverse topics as the Soviet Union, arms control, national politics and the military. He is currently a contributing editor at The Times, as well as a contributing editor for The Nation magazine. A great post from the Huffington Post.