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WATCHING APOCALYPSE NOW REDUX FOR MEMORIAL DAY

May 31st, 2011 · No Comments · Media

Would you believe I’ve never seen Apocalypse Now?

At least that I remember.

It was funny to see (I think) Francis Ford Coppola doing a cameo in the beginning of the film. Score by the Doors was great. Apocalypse Now Redux is a 2001 extended version of the epic war film Apocalypse Now, which was originally released in 1979. Unlike other new cuts of the film, Redux is usually considered by fans and critics, as well as director Francis Ford Coppola a completely new movie altogether. It was 4 1/2 hours on AMC – thank goodness for DVR.

But I think about this one guy at my son’s little league games who is a Vietnam vet. Life has definitely taken it’s toll on him but he’s still hanging in there. It just makes me think a little bit about what these Vets go through for us. There were several other great Vietnam Films including Platoon, Full Metal Jacket, The Deer Hunter, Hamburger Hill, Hanoi Hilton, Good Morning Vietnam… even Forrest Gump could be considered a Vietnam era film.

Some sobering statistics from Vietnam:

58,148 killed in Vietnam
304,000 Wounded in Action
86% of the men who died in Vietnam were Caucasians
13% were African American
1% Other
Average age of the American soldier killed in action was 23
2/3 of the men who served in Vietnam were volunteers
91% of Vietnam Veterans say they are glad they served
87% of the American people hold Vietnam Vets in high esteem

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