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  • A.C.G. Members Top Five Vietnam War Films

    These are the results from the poll I started a while ago....

    Apocalypse Now! 10.00%

    Full Metal Jacket 15.71%

    Platoon 10.00%

    We Were Soldiers 32.86%

    Hamburger Hill 8.57%

    So between these, pick out your favorite. No other option, just these five films....
    10
    Apocalypse Now!
    20.00%
    2
    Full Metal Jacket
    20.00%
    2
    Hamburger Hill
    0.00%
    0
    Platoon
    20.00%
    2
    We Were Soldiers....
    40.00%
    4
    "This life..., you know, "the life." You’re not gonna get any medals, kid. This is not a hero business; you don’t shoot people from a mile a way. You gotta stand right next to them... blow their heads off."

    BoRG

  • #2
    given that there was no way to vote for it - I wonder what "Odd Angry Shot" would have got if it was an option...given Hamburger Hill got all of 6 votes.
    Now listening too;
    - Russell Robertson, ruining whatever credibility my football team once had.

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    • #3
      Sorry, but I just can't chose one, they all are special to me (yeah, even Platoon )

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      • #4
        Tough one! We Were Soldiers Once, and Young was sooooo damed good, and Mel did a fantastic job, but I had to give it to Apocalypse Now by a snudge.

        AN had such flavor, and a score that captured the war in soundbytes alone. WWS was such a wonderful memoir piece. And I'm sorry, I have to say it, Madelein Stowe is just plain HOT!
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Whiterook View Post
          We Were Soldiers Once, and Young was sooooo damed good, and Mel did a fantastic job, but I had to give it to Apocalypse Now by a snudge.
          Apocalypse Now! is more like a work of art than a film. Every scene is a master example of mise en scene.
          "This life..., you know, "the life." You’re not gonna get any medals, kid. This is not a hero business; you don’t shoot people from a mile a way. You gotta stand right next to them... blow their heads off."

          BoRG

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          • #6
            An easy vote for me...I didn't like the first 4 at all.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Janos View Post
              An easy vote for me...I didn't like the first 4 at all.
              Damn..., really? All four of them? Most people dislike one or two, but, wow....
              "This life..., you know, "the life." You’re not gonna get any medals, kid. This is not a hero business; you don’t shoot people from a mile a way. You gotta stand right next to them... blow their heads off."

              BoRG

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              • #8
                Actually, I guess it's 2.5. Apoc Now is good until they get off the PT boat. Hamburger Hill is good, too. I overlooked it before.
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                • #9
                  Holy cats Jeff, seriously? All have merit in diversity alone. A good mix Cool Hand picked out, really:

                  Apocalypse Now! ....Yes, definitely more art than film. Captured the surreal aspects of a war of confusuion and senseless meaning.

                  Full Metal Jacket ...captured the brutality of youth placed in the dehumanizing and barbaric rituals of the war in Vietnam, with a commentary of how far is too far.

                  Platoon .....Willem Dafoe was remarkable in that flick. Gotta give it high marks for that alone, and worth a screening.

                  We Were Soldiers ....one of the best memoir pieces of the conflict. Mel Gibsons' portrayal of Hal Moore is breathtaking. There were some great warriors in that conflict, but Hal Moore is certainly at the top (if not the top). If you don't know who he is, you are doing yourself terribly wrong not to watch this flick.

                  Hamburger Hill .....show's the fierceness in battle that is forever embodied in the Screaming Eagles, at Hill 937..I mean, seriously, this film kicks!


                  A flick that disturbed the crap out of me, and I haven't been able to get myself to view it again is, The Deerhunter. Another mega film.

                  EDIT: Oh, and another good memoir piece: Bat21. Not the best film made (the book is much better), but very well done by Gene Hackman. One of the most novel escape methodolgies ever employed by a US soldier, in my estimation!
                  Last edited by Whiterook; 14 Jan 08, 11:59. Reason: Addition
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Whiterook View Post
                    Holy cats Jeff, seriously? All have merit in diversity alone. A good mix Cool Hand picked out, really

                    Apocalypse Now! ....Yes, definitely more art than film. Captured the surreal aspects of a war of confusuion and senseless meaning.

                    Full Metal Jacket ...captured the brutality of youth placed in the dehumanizing and barbaric rituals of the war in Vietnam, with a commentary of how far is too far.

                    Platoon .....Willem Dafoe was remarkable in that flick. Gotta give it high marks for that alone, and worth a screening.

                    A flick that disturbed the crap out of me, and I haven't been able to get myself to view it again is, The Deerhunter. Another mega film.
                    FMJ and Platoon also helped a couple of fine young actors get their starts in film. I recently enjoyed Platoon Alumnist work in "The Last King of Scotland." Now that guy, he's scary.

                    The Deer Hunter flys low on the radar, but it's the scrariest film I have. Real horror show.

                    Originally posted by Janos View Post
                    Apoc Now is good until they get off the PT boat.
                    Never get off the boat - Captain Willard

                    While it's a fictional film, a few incidents in Apocalypse Now! are based on excerpts from "Disptaches." Micheal Herr was witness to some strange things before he wrote his book, and being a non-military reported, he had a different view of things...
                    Last edited by Paul Mann III; 14 Jan 08, 16:09.
                    "This life..., you know, "the life." You’re not gonna get any medals, kid. This is not a hero business; you don’t shoot people from a mile a way. You gotta stand right next to them... blow their heads off."

                    BoRG

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Whiterook View Post
                      Apocalypse Now! ....Yes, definitely more art than film. Captured the surreal aspects of a war of confusuion and senseless meaning.
                      Definately more art than film. After they get off the boat it's too surrealistic for me. As I said earlier, up that point, it's a good movie.
                      Full Metal Jacket
                      Platoon
                      Neither of them appeals to me. I guess they're just not what I'm looking for in a movie. I'm not saying you can't like them, I'm just saying I don't.
                      We Were Soldiers
                      Hamburger Hill
                      I'll check again, but I'm pretty sure I said I liked them both.

                      EDIT: Oh, and another good memoir piece: Bat21. Not the best film made (the book is much better), but very well done by Gene Hackman. One of the most novel escape methodolgies ever employed by a US soldier, in my estimation!
                      I enjoyed this one quite a bit, too.
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                      "Never pet a burning dog."

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                      • #12
                        I really can't peg what in The Deer Hunter had such an impact on me, but yeah, a real horror fest. It's been so long since I saw it, couldn't even give a accurate recollection of it. I guess any movie with that powerful a reaction probably deserves a second look to figure it out. Or not.
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