Gardens Of Stone (1987)

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5

USA, 1987.  ML Delphi Premier Productions, , Zoetrope Studios.  Screenplay by , based on the novel by . Cinematography by .  Produced by Francis Ford Coppola, .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  

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 () 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.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. I’ve never even heard of this movie–google time!

  2. …speed boat accident with Ryan O’Neal’s son. And it looks like they were making this movie when he was killed …

    http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20094261,00.html

    1. henryjames77 says:

      Interesting! It looks like my sources were erroneous…or he put his grief into the editing process and my story still applies. Yeah let’s go with that.

      1. Oh absolutely, the story still applies…some critics said that Coppola was ‘absent’ from the film, therefore it wasn’t as good as it could have been

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