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Sunday, August 18, 2019 - 12:29 PM CDTName: "Mustafa"
A criminally underrated war movie, masterfully made, impeccably acted, gutterly visceral, painful to watch, eye opener to the unintiated who look for the truth about the crimes committed in wars.
But that is the key word, THE TRUTH, the movie was too truthful, unglossly presnted for the public/critics, to hail as a masterpiece.
Most people want to feel safe and happy when they leave a movie theatre, even in war movies, movies like Platoon and Apocalypse now gave them a little dose of safety at the end. Casuallties was uncompromising, no rest for anyone who has been in a war!
Sunday, August 18, 2019 - 7:41 PM CDTName: "Harry Georgatos"
One of the great anti-war movies ever made. My only problem was the last scene on the tram with the Vietnemse girl back in the states telling Michael J Fox it was a bad dream, giving a sense of hope for the future. An alternative ending was presented to De Palma where Penn and his mates released from prison, waiting in a car as Fox is asleep in his bed as Penn and the other members of the platoon break into Fox home to exact revenge as they shoot Fox dead. De Palma had said that would have been too depressive even for him. I can picture such a sequence in my mind and would have gone for such a bleak ending.
Monday, August 19, 2019 - 7:23 AM CDTName: "Geoff"
For me, this chilling moment when Merserve whispers in Erikson's ear --and he hears the captain's voice talking about "a little payback!" -- it is a powerful suggestion of that nightmare world of revenge afterward that Erikson is trying to wake up from. I don't think the film needed to delve into that any further. Elia Kazan made a whole movie about that scenario, too.
Monday, August 19, 2019 - 9:21 AM CDTName: "Adam Zanzie"
That nightmare sequence was never intended to be the definite final scene of the film, however. David Rabe had a completely different version of the concluding scene on the train, one where Eriksson helps the woman carry her groceries (or something to that effect; I still need to track down a copy of the script).
Monday, August 19, 2019 - 9:27 AM CDTName: "Adam Zanzie"
Kazan's film is terrible. I can't even find Michael Verhoeven's film, though I tried contacting his German producer, only to be referred to an email address which no longer even works.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 6:53 PM CDTName: "Steve W"
Saw it in the theaters twice when it opened 30 years ago, and felt like it had burned into my brain. I've never felt the need to watch it again until this year, when I rewatched it with my youngest son... and remembered every frame. De Palma at the pinnacle of his powers.