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Story

The subtext of this grim, snail-paced Francis Ford Coppola film is the death of Coppola's son, Giancarlo, in a boating accident. Coppola came back with this Vietnam-era military drama about the men assigned to patrol and serve at the funerals at Arlington National Cemetery. James Caan is the world-weary patrol leader with a fatherly interest in a gung-ho cadet (D.B. Sweeney). Caan tries to show Sweeney the potentially fatal future that awaits him if he volunteers for combat, but he can't break through his young charge's zealousness. The subplot involves crusty Caan's attempts at romance with Anjelica Huston, who can't quite fathom his contradictions. The story is all glum and lumbering, despite a warm, full-bodied performance by James Earl Jones as one of Caan's buddies. --Marshall Fine

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

James CaanSgt. Clell Hazard
Anjelica HustonSamantha Davis
James Earl JonesSgt. Maj.'Goody' Nelson
D.B. SweeneyJackie Willow
Dean StockwellCapt. Homer Thomas
Mary Stuart MastersonRachel Feld
Dick Anthony WilliamsSlasher Williams
Lonette McKeeBetty Rae
Sam BottomsLt. Webber
Elias KoteasPete Deveber
Laurence FishburneSgt. Flanagan
Casey SiemaszkoWildman
Peter MastersonCol. Feld
Carlin GlynnMrs. Feld

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