Michael, Steven and Nick are young factory workers from Pennsylvania who enlist into the Army to fight in Vietnam. Before they go, Steven marries the pregnant Angela, and their wedding party also serves as the men's farewell party. After some time and many horrors, the three friends fall in the hands of the Vietcong and are brought to a prison camp in which they are forced to play Russian roulette against each other. Michael makes it possible for them to escape, but they soon get separated again.
fear, drunkenness, drug use, drink, dead body, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, war crime, drug addict, vietnam war, suicide, russian roulette, group of friends, gun held to head, homecoming, vietnam war veteran, psychic, mental health, imperialism, jarhead, vietnam
The wayward, maddening screenplay succeeds only in working up a gruesome melodramatic later -- hardly the catharsis promised by a bold treatment of the wounds of our most divisive war.
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