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.”
Why Stream This Film?
- 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
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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.
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