The greatest film about the psychological & spiritual consequences of the Vietnam war, a film wholly concerned w/ how the soul sustains itself. Geographical location is used in a manner without real parallel in cinema; the spirit, the mind, the landscape slowly melding into each other, culminating in a confrontation about nothing less than what it means to live a meaningful existence. Nolte's performance is perfect.
Kiss Me Deadly got there first, but this was the 2nd great film to capture U.S postwar (and also post-Nam) desperation. U.S. society has never not been saturated with desperation, but this is a turning point marked by harder drugs, and the collusion of a new Mr. Big, the Washington gangster. John Fogerty tries to wail us back to a lost idealism, but this is strictly Last Tango country.
Great film about the effects of war on the soul of men. Wonderful locations: the abandoned hippie community in particular. This could be watched together with "Cutter's Way", another post-Vietnam existential drama-thriller directed by a person originally from Czechoslovia. A film that for some strange reason is not very famous, it belongs up there with the best American '70s films.
This is about two disillusioned ex-Vietnam soldiers. They see that the american dream is corrupted & they can't stand it anymore. The solution is money & so they become drug dealers. Well, that's the story. Although there are some elements of war, action & drama, the movie is none of those. It also strangely runs out of steam on all these aspects. The acting is mediocre. Huge disappointment.