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Gardens of Stone

  • Film

Time Out says

Coppola's oblique, muted and curiously revisionist drama of life on the home front during the Vietnam war. Sgt Hazard (Caan), a battle-seasoned veteran frustrated by his present role in the 'toy soldier' regiment guarding the Arlington military cemetery, is shaken out of his self-pitying cynicism by his love affair with an anti-war journalist (Huston) and a spiky father/son relationship with a gung-ho rookie (Sweeney). Caan is against the war - 'It's not even a war. There's nothing to win, and no way to win it' - but for the military; he won't go back to Vietnam, but desperately wants a transfer to Fort Benning, where he can train young recruits to die valiantly. Meanwhile, the bodies arrive daily, to be boxed up and buried with full military honours. While Ronald Bass' subtly understated dialogue, Coppola's meticulous direction, and some exceptional acting (especially from Caan) never fail to rivet the attention, there's a pervasive and worrying sense of the central issues being gently but undeniably fudged.
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Release Details

  • Duration:112 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Francis Ford Coppola
  • Screenwriter:Ronald Bass
  • Cast:
    • DB Sweeney
    • Dean Stockwell
    • James Earl Jones
    • Lonette McKee
    • Laurence Fishburne
    • Anjelica Huston
    • Sam Bottoms
    • James Caan
    • Dick Anthony Williams
    • Mary Stuart Masterson
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