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?
John Cazale was very weak when filming began, and for this reason, his scenes were filmed first. Michael Cimino knew from the start that Cazale was dying from cancer, but the studio did not. When they found out, they wanted to replace Cazale. When Meryl Streep learned of their intentions, she threatened to quit if they did. Cazale died shortly after filming was completed. Read More