Gardens of Stone
Gardens of Stone (1987)

Set during the Vietnam War, this film follows the life of the group of soldiers assigned to duty at the Arlington National Cemetery. When the anxious, young Pvt. Jackie Willow (D. B. Sweeney) is stationed at Arlington instead of being sent… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 8, 1987
DVD Release Date: June 25, 2002
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Critic Score: 47% 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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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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Cathy Burke
United Press International

For want of a timeless message on the horrors of war, Coppola does indeed tell a compelling story of one man's battle on the homefront. Caan gives a stunning performance after a five-year absence from the movie screen.

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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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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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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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TV 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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Flixster Audience Score: 56% 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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