Casualties of War
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Casualties of War was based on a New Yorker article by Daniel Lang. This, in turn, was inspired by a true incident which illustrated the dehumanizing aspects of the Vietnam experience. Michael J. Fox plays Eriksson, a member of an American squadron stationed in the deepest jungles of Southeast Asia. Sean Penn co-stars as Meserve, the squadron sergeant, who vows revenge after his best friend is killed. He orders his men to invade a village and "requisition" a young Vietnamese girl (Thuy Thu Lee), who is repeatedly tied, gagged and gang-raped. The horrified Eriksson refuses to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This Vietnam War saga, inspired by a true story, is among De Palma's better pictures, devoid of his usual gimmicry and cynicism."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Fox is quite touching here, topped only by Sean Penn in a superb, frightening performance."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A tour-de-force for De Palma, Penn and Fox - possibly one of the best war movies ever made"
‑ Clint Morris, Film Threat
"Examines the dehumanizing effects of war, and implies that the soldiers who commit the atrocities are as much a victim of that dehumanization as the girl who they victimize"
‑ Brian Mckay,
"Michael J. Fox is a little hard to buy in this one."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"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."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Disturbing anti-war film with strong Sean Penn and surprisingly effective Michael J. Fox."
‑ Steve Crum, Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
"Worthwhile drama set in the Vietnam War"
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"Superb, overlooked Vietnam drama may be Brian DePalma's finest hour."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"Too strident in its anti-war sentiment. Penn almost comes across as a caricature."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"De Palma uses his consummate filmmaking skill to craft a reflection of his own grave sorrow about the Vietnam era."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"ably demonstrates just how powerful a well-crafted film can be"
‑ Don Willmott,
"Harrowing drama with strong performances"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"The equation of sanctioned and unsanctioned barbarism in the climactic moments of Casualties is about as damning an indictment of the way that humanity justifies immoral acts during war as I've seen."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"An underrated film with perhaps the greatest performance that Michael J. Fox ever gave. DePalma looks at Vietnam through a different persepective than an audience is used to, making this far from your typical war movie. Penn, as always, is riveting to wat"
‑ Larry Carroll,
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