Casualties of War

Drama | English | 113 minutes


Private Max Eriksson is grateful when his superior, Sergeant Tony Meserve, saves him during a battle with the Viet Cong. Ericsson is asked to support Meserve’s plan to kidnap and rape a local Vietnamese woman. Tensions arise  when Eriksson refuses to participate in the vile acts his comrades are committing. Finally, in a bloody battle with the Viet Cong, the young woman, Tran Thi Oanh, is brutally killed. Back in San Francisco, Eriksson is on the tram when he notices a woman seated nearby who looks like Tran. He approaches her but Tran immediately sizes him up as a recovering soldier from Vietnam.  Eriksson tries to tell her about what happened; she brushes him off and assures him “It was only a bad dream.” 

Sean Penn (Sergeant Tony Meserve) / Michael J. Fox (Private Max Eriksson) / Thuy Thu Le (Tran Thi Oanh)
Why Stream This Film?
 Quentin Tarantino hailed it as “the greatest film about the Vietnam War.”
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 83%
  • Metacritic Score: 75
  • New York Film Critics: Nominated, Best Director (Brian De Palma)
  • National Society of Film Critics: Nominated, Best Film
A powerful metaphor of the national shame that was America’s orgy in the destruction of Vietnam. 


“Mr. Penn plays Meserve with terrific elan. There is plausibility in every movement and gesture.
Vincent Canby

The New York Times

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