Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1987. ML Delphi Premier Productions, TriStar Pictures, Zoetrope Studios. Screenplay by Ronald Bass, based on the novel by Nicholas Proffitt. Cinematography by Jordan Cronenweth. Produced by Francis Ford Coppola, Michael I. Levy. Music by Carmine Coppola. Production Design by Dean Tavoularis. Costume Design by Willa Kim, Judianna Makovsky. Film Editing by Barry Malkin.
The death of Francis Ford Coppola’s son Giancarlo just months before filming can be felt in this dark and brooding drama. An aging war colonel (James Caan) mentors the career of a young, gung-ho soldier (D.B. Sweeney) who is ready for action in Vietnam. Their relationship, as well as that of Caan with a beautiful woman (Anjelica Huston) makes up the bulk of the dramatic, but never very interesting, story. Excellent performances, but the whole thing rests too much on Coppola’s trademark photographic genius while providing quite uneventful dialogue, while the story itself suffers from a lack of direction or momentum.