Gardens of Stone
Gardens of Stone (1987)

Set in Washington D.C. during the Vietnam War era, Gardens of Stone concentrates on the trials and tribulations of the Arlington National Cemetery home guard. James Caan plays career soldier Sgt. Clell Hazard, who has come to the sad… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 25, 2002
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Critic Score: 43% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Seems to take its name not so much from the Arlington Memorial Cemetery, where much of the action takes place, but from the stiffness of the characters it portrays.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

A handsome but fragmentary film that can't decide which story to tell.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Subdued war drama on life on the home front during the Vietnam war.

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Time Out

There's a pervasive and worrying sense of the central issues being gently but undeniably fudged.

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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader

Francis Coppola's 1987 Vietnam meditation was his best film in a while, though it's still something less than satisfying.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Unjustly underrated upon its release, Gardens of Stone is a quiet, respectful film filled with emotional power, exceptional acting (especially by Caan), and technical virtuosity.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The most important missing ingredient is Mr. Coppola.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

There's a curious ambiguity in Coppola's feelings about the soldiers and their life.

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Emanuel Levy

Subtle and elegiac, Coppola's anti-Vietnam War meditation is one of the director's most misunderstood films.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
It's taken 20 (plus) years but Coppola's much maligned take on the effects of an unpopular war seems to have found it's relevance.

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