R | | Drama, War
A young soldier in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.
According to his DVD commentary, the scene in which Chris saves a Vietnamese girl from being raped, was inspired by an incident in which Oliver Stone intervened in an assault on a villager in Vietnam.
Oh, man. Is that what I think it is?
Sergeant: All right, you cheese-dicks, welcome to the Nam. Follow me!
Tunnel rats were a special group of individuals who performed a dangerous job during the Vietnam War. Having said that, the majority were small men usually less than 5'6" in height due to the fact that the tunnels they needed to clear were built by Vietnamese men and women of small stature. Since he is at least 5'10" in height, Elias (Willem Dafoe) would be too large a man to even try to squeeze through those tunnels.
$241,080 (USA) (21 December 1986)
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