Casualties of War (1989)

casualties_of_war-v01-1989By Scott Goldfine

Director Brian De Palma details the true story of the abduction and murder of a Vietnamese farm girl by U.S. soldiers. Michael J. Fox stars as a private who turns in his sergeant (Sean Penn) and platoon.

This film — a moralistic examination of how war can warp men’s sensibilities ― is one of De Palma’s best, but suffers from a simplistic story. Also stars John C. Reilly and John Leguizamo. Rated R.

GRADE: B+

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