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Gardens of Stone (1987)



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Set during the Vietnam War, this film follows the life of the group of soldiers assigned to duty at the Arlington National Cemetery. When the anxious, young Pvt. Jackie Willow (D. B. Sweeney) is stationed at Arlington instead of being sent to war overseas, he is befriended by Sgt. Clell Hazard (James Caan), a career soldier who can't find it in himself to support the war. The friendship of his fellow soldiers and the love of his girlfriend, Rachel Feld (Mary Stuart Masterson), however, may not be enough to dissuade Jackie from joining the war overseas.

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James Caan
as Sgt. Clell Hazard
D.B. Sweeney
as Jackie Willow
Anjelica Huston
as Samantha Davis
James Earl Jones
as Sgt. Maj. 'Goody' Nelson
Dean Stockwell
as Capt. Homer Thomas
Lonette McKee
as Betty Rae
Elias Koteas
as Pete Deveber
Sam Bottoms
as Lt. Webber
Laurence Fishburne
as Cpl. Flanagan
Casey Siemaszko
as Pvt. Albert Wildman
Peter Masterson
as Col. Feld
Carlin Glynn
as Mrs. Feld
Dick Anthony Williams
as First Sgt. `Slasher' Williams
Erik Holland
as Col. Godwin
Bill Graham
as Don Brubaker
Terry Hinz
as Navy Captain
William Williamson
as Lt. Colonel
Nick Mathwick
as Lt. Horton
Grant Lee Douglass
as Blue Lieutenant
Mark Frazer
as Soldier
Terry Foster
as Soldier
Hajna O. Moss
as Wedding Friend
Louis Rangel
as ANC Driver
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Critic Reviews for Gardens of Stone

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (7)

Seems to take its name not so much from the Arlington Memorial Cemetery, where much of the action takes place, but from the stiffness of the characters it portrays.

December 11, 2007 | Full Review…

There's a pervasive and worrying sense of the central issues being gently but undeniably fudged.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The most important missing ingredient is Mr. Coppola.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

A handsome but fragmentary film that can't decide which story to tell.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Every moment is right, and yet the film as a whole is incomplete.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

There's a curious ambiguity in Coppola's feelings about the soldiers and their life.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Gardens of Stone


It's taken 20 (plus) years but Coppola's much maligned take on the effects of an unpopular war seems to have found it's relevance.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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