Structurally similar to Goodfellas but I actually liked it more-it's more engaging throughout and is, I think, incisive and angry enough to warrant some compelling discussion. I think it should be more highly regarded than it is. It certainly beats the living piss out of "Carlito's Way."
Two very good and one reasonably good films in one. It feels undeveloped for the most part, especially during its middle Vietnam section, but it's a well performed crime / war thriller with a particularly marvellous turn by the always terrific Keith David.