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John C. ReillyJohn Leguizamo
Fred C. CarusoArt Linson
Columbia Pictures
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4.6 out of 5 stars

570 global ratings

  1. 76% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 14% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 5% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 3% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 2% of reviews have 1 stars
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William JReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 February 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A must see film.
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I watched this film years ago, and I found it just as gripping and troubling when I watched it again recently. Superbly acted, gritty, and horrendous, there’s nothing whatsoever uplifting about it but it’s compulsive viewing. Don’t miss it, but expect to watch it with your mouth open and your head shaking.
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Oliver49Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 August 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
Get the Extended Cut.
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Although the difference between the theatrical cut and the extended version is approximately 6 minutes worth of scenes, I must recommend getting the Extended Cut. The cross-examination of Michael J Fox's character and the skepticism and undercurrents of disgust which he is met with when the investigation into the atrocities is launched add so much to the film, further emphasizing that the codes of loyalty and camaraderie in place amongst the soldiers made exposing injustice an all the more difficult task.

The film is excellent. DePalma is more restrained in his tendencies to dazzle with technical prowess. There is, however, an operatic quality to the acting, more noticeable in some scenes; emotions run high, the music swells and the camera presents images (particularly on the bridge) that are painterly, masterful in how dramatic they are. These qualities contribute to the sense of what another reviewer termed as the "morality play" characteristics of the film. This film would be perfection for me if it weren't for a "big speech" convention near the end of the film, the type of speech that is too unambigious in stating the moral position of the film. It is the sort of moment that is easily parodied when looking at "oscar bait" movies made in the present era.

The Special Features on the Extended Cut are limited but satisfactory. There is a 15 minute featurette with Michael J Fox looking back on the making of the film. More interesting is the half hour 'Making Of' Documentary. The ammount of superfluous talking heads are kept to a minimum- DePalma speaks at length, and it is always interesting to hear him talk about the process. I only wish he would do Director's Commentary tracks for his films. What interests me about DePalma as a filmmaker is that he is unlikely to do 'puff pieces' to gleefully promote his work. He is up front about his political convictions, whether or not you agree with him, and also he is honest about problems he faces, often being the first person to bring up and address the criticisms directed at him. In both this and the "Dressed to Kill" Blu Ray he acknowledges that his films are criticized (misogyny being the most used term with regards to Dressed to Kill).

For purposes of comparison see Elia Kazan's "The Visitors", based on the same article and events as "Casualties of War". Though a much lesser film, DePalma's own "Redacted" does have it's merits, and is in some ways a Casualties of War for the found-footage, multimedia Internet generation.
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The Reluctant_PoetReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 December 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Only casualty in war is innocence
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Have got to say this film has got to be one of my fave movies it may not be platoon or black hawk down. But that's a good thing not a bad thing.
Though platoon was powerful and loved by myself and same with black hawk down.
But this film focuses more on the people portrayed in the film. It evokes sadness as you follow the troubles of Private Eriksson; and the fact it's based on a true story makes it even more powerful. of course we're not quite sure how true it is as Hollywood does take literal liberties with stories.
the acting and directing in this film is first class.
Michael J Fox Plays Ericsson with such great morality and you can feel what he's going through his portrayal it doesn't feel forced;
Sean Penn Who plays Sergeant Meserve who at the start looks like your normal good soldier who cares for his fellow soldiers, but Sean Penn is amazing in this film; the story itself can be hard to watch. thankfully the start of the story is a bit slow. Not to say it drags but it does give you a bit of time to see the relationship of the characters and you get to see both sides of Merserve's character. I would highly recommend this film to anyone.
the De Palma as always directs this film with pure class.
i just wish they would release this film on Blu-ray would you believe Poison Ivy gets a blu ray release yet this film has yet to be released well in the UK anyway.
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Imran NajafiReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 December 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Based on a true story
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A war movie that is very realistic, so don't expect some over the top action. It's more story driven. Very surprised to see
Michael J Fox in such a serious movie with Sean Penn. Really good movie but be warned its also disturbing and sad. Good acting by both actors and good story.
kmeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 July 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
No wins in a war, only casualties!
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Very happy with this DVD price & delivery
XanderReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 February 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
The first casualty of war is innocence.
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An overlooked film, based on horribly true events. Michael J. Fox goes on a LRRP (long range recon patrol), only to find his sergeant, Sean Penn, has a darker objective behind the routine search and destroy mission. A tragic story of the Vietnam War.
Fly FisherReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 April 2013
3.0 out of 5 stars
It represent the mentality of some of the troops who were there
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Like some of the other Vietnam films, this one shows the corrupt actions taken by a few of the troops who were sent over there.
the language was just as it would have been, having served with AMERICAN TROOPS ELSEWHERE, but not having been in that environment, I can only surmise that these things happened more often that was brought to the civilians in any reports from Vietnam
Bomb BombReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 November 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brutal ! A true story.
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A really good Vietnam film. Marvellous performances throughout. A troop of young soldiers, on patrol in Vietnam go into a small village, kidnap, rape and murder a young girl. Only one of the patrol is sickened and refuses to take part. Harrowing! Though the extended cut I received was region 2, PAL. Highly recommended.
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