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Gardens of Stone (1987)

R | | Drama, Romance, War | 8 May 1987 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Francis Ford Coppola (as Francis Coppola)

Writers:

Nicholas Proffitt (novel), Ronald Bass (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Caan ... Sgt. Clell Hazard
Anjelica Huston ... Samantha Davis
James Earl Jones ... 'Goody' Nelson
D.B. Sweeney ... Jackie Willow
Dean Stockwell ... Homer Thomas
Mary Stuart Masterson ... Rachel Feld
Dick Anthony Williams ... Slasher Williams
Lonette McKee ... Betty Rae
Sam Bottoms ... Lt. Webber
Elias Koteas ... Pete Deveber
Laurence Fishburne ... Sgt. Flanagan (as Larry Fishburne)
Casey Siemaszko ... Wildman
Peter Masterson ... Col. Feld
Carlin Glynn ... Mrs. Feld
Erik Holland Erik Holland ... Col. Godwin
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Storyline

In the late 60s, during the Vietnam War, the idealistic soldier Jackie Willow arrives at Fort Meyer expecting to go to the Academy and then to the Vietnam War. Jackie is the son of a veteran sergeant and soon he becomes the protégé of the former friends of his father, Sergeant Clell Hazard and Sergeant Major 'Goody' Nelson. Jackie is promoted and gets married with his childhood friend Rachel Feld, to recommend Jackie to the Academy. He is promoted to lieutenant and asks to go to the Vietnam, returning to the Arlington National Cemetery. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The story of the war at home, and the people who lived through it. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gardens of Stone See more »

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the parade field ceremony sequence, the announcer says, "The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps is led today by Drum Major Phipps." When this movie was shot, one of the actual Drum Majors of the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps at the time, was Sergeant First Class Steven Phipps, and he was leading the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps for that scene in the movie. See more »

Goofs

SFC Hazard wears the 2nd award of the CIB, yet he states that 2LT Willow had always wanted to receive the "Combat Infantryman's Badge". He would know that the award is called the Combat Infantryman Badge - without the 's at the end. See more »

Quotes

Clell Hazard: The peace loving people of Vietnam, My Ass. A more bellicose race of people i have never known
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Connections

References WarGames (1983) See more »

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Georgy Girl
Written by Tom Springfield and Jim Dale
Performed by The Seekers
Courtesy of EMI Records, Inc.
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A terrific , touching , well acted film .
26 July 2007 | by DoubleTee41See all my reviews

Being a former drill instructor , I can testify to the fine portrayal of the lead character by Mr. Caan . The entire film is an excellent depiction of the dedicated military man , without the usual condemnation of the military in general , so often found in films made since the Viet Nam conflict . The acting , in general , is superb , making the characters believable and the story touching . It is certainly one of Mr. Caan's finest roles and he is accompanied by a terrific cast who contribute magnificently to the overall effectiveness of the story telling . I have seen this film a number of times and will continue to do so on a periodic basis , because of the subject matter and the acting in it. It is highly recommended !!!


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