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  • Summary: At Fort Polk, Louisiana, thousands of young men prepare for Vietnam. The specter of combat hangs over the men of A-Company, Second Platoon, as they enter the final stage of infantry training. They will be sent to the war. But each man deals with this prospect in his own way. One man's defiance, however, galvanizes every member of the platoon. (20th Century Fox) Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 4 out of 14
  1. A strong, gritty, powerful piece of film making, and one of the three or four best movies made about the Vietnam era.
  2. An affecting, old fashioned, antiwar war story.
  3. Consistently fresh, engrossing and unpredictable.
  4. 70
    The stripped-down production give a disturbing sense of immediacy to an otherwise fairly conventional story about boys being prepared for war.
  5. Beneath the rough vérité exterior beats the same slick, corny heart.
  6. 40
    In his first major role, the Irish actor Farrell deflects the script's more dubious aspects through sheer magnetic presence.
  7. 20
    Schumacher has gone into the cinematic heart of darkness and emerged with his own peculiar kink on the war movie: Vietnam beefcake.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8

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