This fiery tale of war and its ravages follows the trials and triumphs in the life of a group of American youth – Michael, Steven, Nick, Stanley, John and Axle – who are from the steel mill town of Clairton, Pennsylvania. Carefree and casual, they spend most of their time hanging out in a local bar and enjoy weekends of deer-hunting. Michael and Nick are also both in love with Linda, who seems to juggle both of the men.
Brash and boisterous they may be, but their placid lives are to be cruelly and undeniably changed, when they are enlisted in the airborne infantry of Vietnam. With only a vague inkling of the meaning of war, the youngsters naïvely celebrate a goodbye at Steven's wedding and they leave to Vietnam, where they are captured by the enemy and forced to play a game of Russian Roulette.
Will they survive with their lives intact? What will the price of war be on the bodies, minds and hearts of these innocent youngsters?
Did you know?
Each of the six principal male characters in the movie carried a photo in their back pocket of them all together as children so as to enhance the sense of camaraderie amongst them. As well as this, director Michael Cimino had the props department fashion complete Pennsylvania IDs for each of them, complete with driver's licenses, medical cards and various other pieces of paraphernalia, so as to enhance each actor's sense of their character. Read More