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766 Ratings

Casualties of War

Directed by Brian De Palma
United States, 1989
War, Drama, Adventure


During the Vietnam War, a soldier finds himself the outsider of his own squad when they unnecessarily kidnap a female villager.

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Casualties of War Directed by Brian De Palma

Awards & Festivals

Golden Globes (USA)

1990 | Nominee: Best Original Score - Motion Picture

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1989 | 2nd place: Best Director

National Society of Film Critics Awards

1990 | 3rd place: Best Film

Critics reviews

Some of the signature themes De Palma played with in “Body Double” — a man’s inability to save a woman’s life, the tragedy of seeing but not really seeing — achieve their fullest, darkest expression in this devastating Vietnam War drama, which feels like nothing he’s done before or since.
June 10, 2016
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I’ve never been much of a De Palma fan, but it would be silly to deny that Casualties of War shows his talents, such as they are, at their near best—disregarding for the moment what he does with them. Several years ago, Jean-Luc Godard praised him for his “work on the image,” which I was somewhat dubious about at the time, but this work is plainly evident here in the thoughtfulness of his deep-focus, wide-screen framing, particularly unorthodox uses of the right and left edges of the frame.
September 01, 1989
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