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Gardens of Stone (1987)

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Release Date
May 8, 1987 (USA)
DVD Release Date
• R1: Jun 25, 2002

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Running Time
1 hour, 52 minutes

Country USA

Studio Tri-Star-ML Delphi Premier Prods., TriStar

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Other Titles
• Gardens of Stone
• Der Steinerne Garten (1987)

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Genre: War, Drama, Military, Tear Jerker, Love

Tagline: It was a dangerous time to be young. An impossible time to be a hero.

Plot: GARDENS OF STONE is Francis Ford Coppola’s poetic tribute to the men who form the Old Guard, soldiers in charge of burying the dead at Arlington National Cemetery during the war in Vietnam. Clell Hazard (James Caan), an army sergeant who opposes the war because he believes it can't be won, becomes attached to a battle-hungry young soldier, Jackie Willow (D. B. Sweeney). Hazard knows the reality the youth will encounter if he goes to Vietnam, after serving two tours himself. His girlfriend, Washington reporter Samantha Davis (Anjelica Huston), also opposes the war, but for different reasons. Feeling useless in the Old Guard, Hazard requests a transfer to Fort Bragg, where he can help prepare the young soldiers for what they must face in Vietnam. Jackie is reunited with his girlfriend, Rachel (Mary Stuart Masterson), whose father, a retired colonel (played by Masterson’s real-life father, Peter Masterson), sees the war as a commercial opportunity. James Earl Jones is a show-stealer as Goody Nelson, Hazard’s best friend and voice of reason. The film’s scenes of military burials--drills carried out with precision and ritual--are beautiful to watch.

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 Directed by
Francis Ford Coppola
The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, Apocalypse Now
 Written by
Ronald Bass
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James Caan
The Godfather, Dogville, Eraser
Anjelica Huston
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James Earl Jones
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D.B. Sweeney
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Dean Stockwell
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Mary Stuart Masterson
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Lonette McKee
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 Music By
Carmine Coppola
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