In the late 60s, during the Vietnam War, the idealistic soldier Jackie Willow arrives at Fort Meyer expecting to go to the Academy and then to the Vietnam War. Jackie is the son of a veteran sergeant and soon he becomes the protégé of the former friends of his father, Sergeant Clell Hazard and Sergeant Major 'Goody' Nelson. Jackie is promoted and gets married with his childhood friend Rachel Feld, to recommend Jackie to the Academy. He is promoted to lieutenant and asks to go to the Vietnam, returning to the Arlington National Cemetery.
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
It was a dangerous time to be young. An impossible time to be a hero.
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Did You Know?
The role of Pete Deveber (Elias Koteas
) was originally to be played by Gian-Carlo Coppola
, Francis Ford Coppola's son, who tragically died in a boating accident a few months before filming. Koteas, who got Coppola's role, felt very uncomfortable while shooting the movie, because he knew that he was replacing Gian-Carlo in a film directed by his father, who just lost his son. See more
Much of the conversation in the film centers around how busy the Old Guard is because of the casualties from the Vietnam War. In truth, there are comparatively few Vietnam era graves at Arlington. Most soldiers were buried in their home towns. More Vietnam veterans were buried at Arlington after they died later in life than actual combat deaths. See more
The peace loving people of Vietnam, My Ass. A more bellicose race of people i have never known
Streets of Laredo
Sung by Goody (James Earl Jones
), Willow (D.B. Sweeney
) and Hazard (James Caan
) as they return from the bar to the barracks after the fight. See more