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Old 05-31-2011, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
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I have seen a lot of war movies over the years, and I have always wondered about the Vietnam movies. I always figured that there was some kind of bias with these movies. How accurate are these movies, how full of B.S. are these movies, or are they pretty accurate???
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Old 05-31-2011, 02:54 PM
 
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The most accurate for displaying life in the bush is still "Platoon."

The plot, involving fighting among the platoon members, is hokey, but the realism is exceptional. But, since Oliver Stone served as a grunt with the 25th division, that shouldn't be surprising.
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Old 05-31-2011, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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I think a better question is which ones specifically are more realistic. Like any other genre, some are going to be complete fantasy while others are much more realistic.

I asked the same question of Vietnam vets when I was in the USMC but the only guys who would talk about the subject were the ones that you didn't want to talk to 'cause they were 3/4 nuts.
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Old 05-31-2011, 03:32 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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I always figured that there was some kind of bias with these movies. How accurate are these movies,
Depends on which movies you are talking about...

My Vietnam time was less than 30 days, just TDY. I don't think any one movie can accurately capture over 3,000,000 tours...


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Old 05-31-2011, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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The most accurate for displaying life in the bush is still "Platoon."

The plot, involving fighting among the platoon members, is hokey, but the realism is exceptional. But, since Oliver Stone served as a grunt with the 25th division, that shouldn't be surprising.
Even the bumper markings on the vehicles are correct in Platoon but the terrain is too hilly. The Boi Loi and Iron Triangle were like the Jersey pine barrens
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Old 05-31-2011, 05:33 PM
 
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Even the bumper markings on the vehicles are correct in Platoon but the terrain is too hilly. The Boi Loi and Iron Triangle were like the Jersey pine barrens

I never knew that but, then again, I never made it down around Cu Chi. It seemed about right to me as I spent most of my tour in the Annamese and Que Son Mountains.
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Old 05-31-2011, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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The worst movie I've ever seen about Vietnam was that one with John Wayne about the Green Berets. Total B/S. Platoon was good and Casualties of War was good.
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Old 05-31-2011, 06:29 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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I would have to say Platoon and Full Metal Jacket stick in my mind. I was still in the service at the time. And I saw them when they came out, in the 80's? And have not seen them since...



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Old 05-31-2011, 06:42 PM
 
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The worst movie I've ever seen about Vietnam was that one with John Wayne about the Green Berets. Total B/S. Platoon was good and Casualties of War was good.
I found Casualties of War insulting.

I can only speak for 1 of 3 million tours but the group I was with, Charlie Co. 1/18 First Infantry Division, would not have tolerated a rape like that. As I watched I kept saying to myself "no way, would never have happened it could never have happened."

Maybe with one, two or even three misfits perhaps but not an entire platoon.
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Old 05-31-2011, 07:42 PM
 
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I never knew that but, then again, I never made it down around Cu Chi. It seemed about right to me as I spent most of my tour in the Annamese and Que Son Mountains.
You could see Nui Ba Dinh for 25 miles in any direction.
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