Gardens of Stone (1987)

R   |    |  Drama, Romance, War


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A Sergeant must deal with his desires to save the lives of young soldiers being sent to Viet Nam. Continuously denied the chance to teach the soldiers about his experiences, he settles for trying to help the son of an old Army buddy.


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  • Mary Stuart Masterson and D.B. Sweeney in Gardens of Stone (1987)
  • James Caan in Gardens of Stone (1987)
  • Mary Stuart Masterson and Anjelica Huston in Gardens of Stone (1987)
  • Elias Koteas and D.B. Sweeney in Gardens of Stone (1987)
  • James Earl Jones in Gardens of Stone (1987)
  • James Caan and Bill Graham in Gardens of Stone (1987)

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15 March 1999 | WalterFrith
An alternative Vietnam film showing only emotional combat.
After 'Apocalypse Now', it's hard to believe that this film was directed by Francis Ford Coppola with such sensitivity. Truly a testament that in many ways demonstrates that Coppola is one of film's greatest directors.

This film shows the lives of many different people and their backgrounds in opposing the Vietnam war. James Caan is a military officer working as a home guard at Arlington National Cemetery during the casualties of America's most tragic conflict. It shows his relationship with Anjelica Huston and James Earl Jones as his closest friends. D.B. Sweeney and Mary Stuart Masterson are great as the younger and more naive observers of the times.

Part documentary style, part sentiment and all inclusive drama showcase its impact in a more sedated manner than most other films dealing with its subject but worth a look as an alternative.

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,645,588 10 May 1987

Gross USA:

$5,262,047

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,262,047

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