"Vietnam on Film" Top 5 Page for this destination Vietnam Favorite Tip by iwys

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Favorite thing: My fascination with Vietnam was fuelled by films set there, especially war films:

"The Deer Hunter" (1978)
The first truly great film about the Vietnam War. Winner of 8 Oscars. It shows the effects of the war on a group of friends from a steel town. Great acting from Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep and Christopher Walken. Who could forget his Russian roulette scenes?

"Apocalypse Now" (1979)
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Nominated for 17 Oscars. Influenced by Conrad's "Heart of Darkness", it's memorable for Marlon Brando's portrayal of mad Colonel Kurtz and the famous scene where the choppers sweep down to the sound of the Dance of the Valkyries.

"Platoon" (1986)
Directed by Oliver Stone and winner of 4 Oscars, it gives a US soldier's view of the war. It was a ground-breaking movie in its dark realism. Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe are superb in it

"Good Morning, Vietnam" (1987)
Directed by Bary Lavinson and starring Robin Williams, It is based on the true-life story of DJ, Adrian Cronauer, the star of Saigon's American Forces Radio.

"Full Metal Jacket" (1987)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick. A War Vet told me this was his favourite film about the war. It was filmed in England. I saw it on DVD and was a little unconvinced because I was aware that they were just running around English sets.

"Born on the Fourth of July" (1989)
The second part of Oliver Stone's Vietnam trilogy stars Tom Cruise as a disillusioned, paraplegic Vietnam War Vet.

"Heaven and Earth" (1993)
The final part of Stone's trilogy was one of the 1st attempts to look at the war from a Vietnamese perspective. It has beautiful cinematography.

"We Were Soldiers" (2002)
Directed by Randall Wallace and starring Mel Gibson as Lt. Col. Hal Moore, it was filmed entirely in the USA, but still gives a very realistic portrayal of what it was like to be under seige.

"Cyclo" (1995)
Tran Ahn Hung's film follows a young cyclo rider in Ho Chi Minh City as he and his family struggle to survive.

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