Casualties of War
Casualties of War (1989)

Based on an article in the New Yorker magazine, this story illustrates the dehumanizing aspects of the Vietnam War. The story revolves around an American GI who refuses to take part in the gang rape of a young Vietnamese girl and his… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: December 11, 2001
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times

There's a moral charge to the action, but it's also swooningly exciting, coldly scary. Every friend may be an enemy, every innocent a traitor.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Mr. Penn plays Meserve with terrific elan. There is plausibility in every movement and gesture, and especially in his crafty handsomeness. His Meserve is the sort of man one credits with thoughts when the mind may, in fact, be completely blank.

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A typical De Palma film, disturbingly based on true events, Casualties Of War works well enough.

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Variety Staff

A powerful metaphor of the national shame that was America's orgy of destruction in Vietnam, Brian De Palma's film deals directly with the harrowing rape and murder of a Vietnamese woman by four GIs.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Another Brian De Palma movie, another bludgeoning. Or stabbing. Or body-drilling. Whatever -- as long as the victim's a woman.

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Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

Michael J. Fox is a revelation as the mouse that roared, whilst the score, the direction, and the rest of the cast turn a risky film into a solid addition to the Nam canon.

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Brian Case
Time Out

Casualties of War is dull.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

It is a breakthrough work, a signal of an artist's blossoming maturity, and one of the most punishing, morally complex movies about men at war ever made.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Top acting honors go to Penn as the sergeant and Thuy Thu Le as the captive girl.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Graham Jones
DePalma's epic war film explores the dark sides of men in combat and features many outstanding performances.
Alex roy
Based on an actual incident during the Vietnam War, Casualties Of War is the shocking true story of four men who raped and murdered a Vietnamese girl. The film… More
Chris Weber
Based on actual events, this is a gripping examination of of a squad of soldiers who find themselves heavily embroiled in the moral quagmire of the Vietnam War.… More
Cassie Hill
The story of an actual incident that happened in Vietnam on October 18, 1969 of four soldiers who raped & murdered an innocent Vietnamese girl & how one… More
Lucas Martins
Imagine A Clockwork Orange in vietnam, a shocking and tense war film. The most serious picture with Michael J. Fox. Casualties of War is also one of the best… More
Conner Rainwater
I think that itā??s probably the worst war movie that came from the Movie Brats, but itā??s not a bad film by any stretch. The poor acting from Michael J. Fox… More