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?
The bar was specially constructed in an empty storefront in Mingo Junction, Ohio for $25,000; it later became an actual saloon for local steel mill workers. Robert De Niro visited the homes of steelworkers and went to local bars to prepare for the film. U.S. Steel allowed filming inside its Cleveland mill, including placing the actors around the furnace floor, only after securing a $5 million insurance policy. Read More