Gardens of Stone
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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 conclusion that Vietnam is unwinnable and that America should withdraw as soon as possible. His attitude is contrasted to that held by Private Jackie Willow (D.B. Sweeney), who wants nothing more in life than to go into battle for his country. Though Hazard cannot officially dissuade Willow from this yearning, he pulls a few surreptitious strings to change the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A handsome but fragmentary film that can't decide which story to tell."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Subdued war drama on life on the home front during the Vietnam war."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
""sheer dreariness directed with fists of ham""
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"There's a pervasive and worrying sense of the central issues being gently but undeniably fudged."
‑ , Time Out
"Francis Coppola's 1987 Vietnam meditation was his best film in a while, though it's still something less than satisfying."
‑ Pat Graham, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The most important missing ingredient is Mr. Coppola."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"There's a curious ambiguity in Coppola's feelings about the soldiers and their life."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Subtle and elegiac, Coppola's anti-Vietnam War meditation is one of the director's most misunderstood films."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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