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
Emanuel Levy

This Vietnam War saga, inspired by a true story, is among De Palma's better pictures, devoid of his usual gimmicry and cynicism.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Fox is quite touching here, topped only by Sean Penn in a superb, frightening performance.

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Clint Morris
Film Threat

A tour-de-force for De Palma, Penn and Fox - possibly one of the best war movies ever made

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Brian Orndorf

It's a fat glop of obvious screen manipulation that preserves a frightening human core, making the life and death struggle all the more shocking.

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Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Disturbing anti-war film with strong Sean Penn and surprisingly effective Michael J. Fox.

Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Worthwhile drama set in the Vietnam War

Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

De Palma uses his consummate filmmaking skill to craft a reflection of his own grave sorrow about the Vietnam era.

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Don Willmott

ably demonstrates just how powerful a well-crafted film can be

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Harrowing drama with strong performances

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% 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