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Poll results: Best Vietnam War movie! Wipe that disgusting grin off your face.

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  • Apocylapse Now

    8 27.59%
  • The Deer Hunter

    3 10.34%
  • Full Metal Jacket

    9 31.03%
  • Platoon

    5 17.24%
  • Born on the Fourth of July

    0 0%
  • Rambo (comedy option)

    1 3.45%
  • Something else

    3 10.34%
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    Best 'Nam movie

    You know you've thought about it before - the best movie about the Vietnam War.

    My personal favorite is Full Metal Jacket. Infinitely watchable, and perhaps more great lines than any other war movie ever made. The others (excluding the comedy option) are great films too, if nto cinematic masterpieces, but FMJ just agreed with me better.

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    We Were Soldiers (2002)

    based upon the book:
    "We Were Soldiers Once... and Young: Ia Drang - the Battle That Changed the War In Vietnam" by Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore (Ret.) and Joseph L. Galloway

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    "The Deer Hunter", which also is in this Bear's Top 5 movies of all time.

    It is more than a Viet Nam movie. It is a movie about friendship. It is a movie about a group of guys who work together, drink together, and (some of them) go to war together. At the end of the movie you are not sure if you want to cry or clap or get mad at war machines everywhere that destroy the lives of so many people and bring out the worst in humanity.

    Some of the movie was filmed in Cleveland. The wedding at the Russian Orthodox church and the reception were filmed in a neighborhood just west of downtown Cleveland. The steel mill scenes and the VA Hospital scenes were filmed in Cleveland.

    Mingo Junction, OH, was the locale for the bar scenes. (The mountain scenes, where they are hunting, are not realistic with the supposed movie locale. Those scenes were filmed near Portland, OR, and LOOK like western USA mountains, not eastern USA mountains.)

    A local theater friend (in eastern Cleveland suburbs) of my older brother played the part of the bandleader at the wedding.

    Many critics complained that this movie had scenes that were way too drawn out. I disagree.....because the character development is the most important part of the movie.

    The music is a great fit and serves as a scene signal for those of us who have watched this flick many times.

    Warning: To get the full effect do not watch any censored versions. Some of the characters use the F-BOMB word every minute or so. This is the way steel workers in Pennsylvania talk. It should not be censored!

    A great flick.

    (Disclaimer: But, is it really a "Viet Nam" movie or a movie that happens to have Viet Nam scenes? To me, the last scene decides that question.....with the group at breakfast singing an acapella version of "God Bless America".)

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    Gotta go with Apocalypse Now. It was about as all-encompassing as they get.
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    You left out 'Good Morning Vietnam" with Robin Williams.
    You darn tootin', I like fig newtons!

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    Quote Originally posted by sisterceleste
    You left out 'Good Morning Vietnam" with Robin Williams.
    And wasnt' there some film with Sean Penn also? And shouldn't it be Rambo II instead of Rambo, because the original takes place in the Pacific Northwest, while FFirst Blood was set in Vietnam

    I voted Apocalypse Now, although the Deer Hunter would be a close second.

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    Rambo!!! Oh... yeah.. I didn't know any other in the list... and I know enough history to know that Saving Private Ryan was a movie about WWII.

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    Deer Hunter was really good. So was FMJ and Apocalypse Now.

    Should throw in Jacob's Ladder too.
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    I went for Full Metal Jacket, really liked The Deerhunter too.

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    Quote Originally posted by Bear Up North
    The mountain scenes, where they are hunting, are not realistic with the supposed movie locale. Those scenes were filmed near Portland, OR, and LOOK like western USA mountains, not eastern USA mountains.)

    ? To me, the last scene decides that question.....with the group at breakfast singing an acapella version of "God Bless America".)
    As you pointed out, the realism in the Deer Hunter had stark contrasts from the great bar scenes to the bogus alpine mountains. And when has anyone ever seen a staff sergeant wearing a beard? Not in the Army I knew. And, one could not go back and forth to Nam like the protagonists did unless you wore stars on your collars instead of stripes. They went to extremes to be ultra realistic in some parts but blew it with others. This bogosity ruined it for me. The God Bless America was a very moving touch, however.
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    Apocalypse Rules....

    My vote is for Apocalypse Now.....it has a little bit of everything.....
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    Good Morning Vietnam was the best nam movie...
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    Quote Originally posted by sisterceleste
    You left out 'Good Morning Vietnam" with Robin Williams.
    My vote as well.

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    You also left out Gardens of Stone, another good one.

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    Quote Originally posted by Super Amputee Cat
    And wasnt' there some film with Sean Penn also?
    Casualties of War

    And there was also "Hamburger Hill"...


    I liked "We were soldiers", too. Especially Sam Elliotts role.
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