DVD Gardens of Stone [DVD] [Widescreen] [1992] [Multilingual] [Region 1] (DVD 20638),
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Gardens of Stone [DVD] [Widescreen] [1992] [Multilingual] [Region 1]

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  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • GARDENS OF STONE is Francis Ford Coppola's poetic tribute to the men who form the Old Guard, soldiers in charge of burying the dead at Arlington National Cemetery during the war in Vietnam. Clell Hazard (James Caan), an army sergeant who opposes the war because he believes it can't be won, becomes attached to a battle-hungry young soldier, Jackie Willow (D. B. Sweeney). Hazard knows the reality the youth will encounter if he goes to Vietnam, after serving two tours himself. His girlfriend, Washington reporter Samantha Davis (Anjelica Huston), also opposes the war, but for different reasons. Feeling useless in the Old Guard, Hazard requests a transfer to Fort Bragg, where he can help prepare the young soldiers for what they must face in Vietnam. Jackie is reunited with his girlfriend, Rachel (Mary Stuart Masterson), whose father, a retired colonel (played by Masterson's real-life father, Peter Masterson), sees the war as a commercial opportunity. James Earl Jones is a show-stealer as Goody Nelson, Hazard's best friend and voice of reason. The film's scenes of military burials--drills carried out with precision and ritual--are beautiful to watch.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 08851

  • Credits
    James Caan, Anjelica Huston, James Earl Jones, Rick Washburn, Casey Siemaszko, Mary Stuart Masterson, Dean Stockwell, Lonette McKee, Sam Bottoms, Elias Koteas, Laurence Fishburne, Larry Fishburne, Laurence Fishburne III
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[The] production values are first-rate with longtime collaborator Dean Tavoularis' production design evoking the mood of the times. Jordan Cronenweht's cinematography is dark and suggestive..."
    Variety

    "...A compassionate study....It is a passionate impasse, played out by full, good characters and fine performers....GARDENS OF STONE'S intelligence and its unsimple characters make it a notable attempt to deal with that war..."
    Los Angeles Times

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