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Story

A little-known aspect of America's Vietnam War debacle--life in the temporary camps set up in the States for the thousands of refugees who came here after the fall of Saigon in 1975--is the subject of this 113-minute film, released in 2001. Director-cowriter Timothy Linh Bui and his brother, writer-producer Tony Bui, have made a movie that's obviously very sympathetic to its Vietnamese characters; Green Dragon is also apparently quite realistic, and refreshingly lacking in excessive sentimentality. Much of it is in Vietnamese (with English subtitles, of course); indeed, one senses that nominal top-liners Patrick Swayze and the always-reliable Forest Whitaker are on hand more for their star power than for the importance of their roles. In the end, this is a good story that's rather well told. The DVD is packed with extras, including director commentary, deleted scenes, trailers, and a behind-the-scenes documentary. --Sam Graham

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Patrick SwayzeGunnery Sergeant Jim Lance
Forest WhitakerAddie
Duong DonTai Tran
Long NguyenQuang Hai
Kieu ChinhKieu

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Timothy Linh Bui
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 115 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 2002
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    Europe15
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaSep 10, 2002
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