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Gardens of Stone (1987)

R | | Drama, Romance, War | 8 May 1987 (USA)
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A Sergeant must deal with his desires to save the lives of young soldiers being sent to Viet Nam. Continuously denied the chance to teach the soldiers about his experiences, he settles for trying to help the son of an old Army buddy.

Director:

Francis Ford Coppola (as Francis Coppola)

Writers:

Nicholas Proffitt (novel), Ronald Bass (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Caan ... Sgt. Clell Hazard
Anjelica Huston ... Samantha Davis
James Earl Jones ... 'Goody' Nelson
D.B. Sweeney ... Jackie Willow
Dean Stockwell ... Homer Thomas
Mary Stuart Masterson ... Rachel Feld
Dick Anthony Williams ... Slasher Williams
Lonette McKee ... Betty Rae
Sam Bottoms ... Lt. Webber
Elias Koteas ... Pete Deveber
Laurence Fishburne ... Sgt. Flanagan (as Larry Fishburne)
Casey Siemaszko ... Wildman
Peter Masterson ... Col. Feld
Carlin Glynn ... Mrs. Feld
Erik Holland Erik Holland ... Col. Godwin
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Storyline

In the late 60s, during the Vietnam War, the idealistic soldier Jackie Willow arrives at Fort Meyer expecting to go to the Academy and then to the Vietnam War. Jackie is the son of a veteran sergeant and soon he becomes the protégé of the former friends of his father, Sergeant Clell Hazard and Sergeant Major 'Goody' Nelson. Jackie is promoted and gets married with his childhood friend Rachel Feld, to recommend Jackie to the Academy. He is promoted to lieutenant and asks to go to the Vietnam, returning to the Arlington National Cemetery. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The story of the war at home, and the people who lived through it. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gardens of Stone See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,645,588, 10 May 1987

Gross USA:

$5,262,047

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,262,047
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Second picture about the Vietnam War directed by Francis Ford Coppola. The first had been Apocalypse Now (1979). See more »

Goofs

After the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps performs the "Troop Step" in the parade field ceremony scene, there are four bass drum beats before the Fife and Drum Corps steps off to "Yankee Doodle." In actuality there are only 2 bass drum beats before the Fife and Drum Corps Steps off from the Troop Step into "Yankee Doodle." See more »

Quotes

Clell Hazard: And hey, Goody, watch your mouth.
"Goody" Nelson: Fuckin'-A-a-a-a
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References WarGames (1983) See more »

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Streets of Laredo
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung by Goody (James Earl Jones), Willow (D.B. Sweeney) and Hazard (James Caan) as they return from the bar to the barracks after the fight.
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Military Life and the Prize of the War
11 May 2013 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the late 60s, during the Vietnam War, the idealistic soldier Jackie Willow (D.B. Sweeney) arrives at Fort Meyer expecting to go to the Academy and then to the Vietnam War. Jackie is the son of a veteran sergeant and soon he becomes the protégé of the former friends of his father, Sergeant Clell Hazard (James Caan) and Sergeant Major 'Goody' Nelson (James Earl Jones).

Jackie is promoted and gets married with his childhood friend Rachel Feld (Mary Stuart Masterson) and Hazard and Goody convince their superior, Captain Homer Thomas (Dean Stockwell), to recommend Jackie to the Academy. He is promoted to lieutenant and asks to go to the Vietnam, returning to the Arlington National Cemetery.

"Gardens of Stone" is another movie by Francis Coppola (without Ford) about the military life and the prize of the Vietnam War, after one of his masterpieces, "Apocalypse Now". The cinematography is magnificent and the cast is top-notch, and it is so good to see the actors, like James Caan, James Earl Jones and Dean Stockwell still young and actresses, like Anjelica Huston and Mary Stuart Masterson, charming and beautiful. The dramatic story has a theme certainly important for Americans and for fans of movies about military life. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Jardins de Pedra" ("Gardens of Stone")


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