Chestnut Lodge Wargames Group

Movies: Contemporary Period: Vietnam War 1955-75 and First Indochina War 1946-54


First Indochina War 1946-54

The Quiet American (2002) (Deborah Southwell)

An old British reporter vies with a young U.S. doctor for the affections of a beautiful Vietnamese woman


Vietnam War 1955-75


Go tell the Spartans (1978) (Philip Middleton)

During the early 1960s, U.S. military advisers in South Vietnam discover the same challenges that plagued the French army in Indochina ten years prior.


We were soldiers (2002) (Philip Middleton)

The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War, and the soldiers on both sides that fought it, while their wives wait nervously and anxiously at home for the good news or the bad news.


Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan (2019) (Rob Cooper)

In August 1966, in a Vietnamese rubber plantation called Long Tan, 108 young and inexperienced Australian and New Zealand soldiers are fighting for their lives against 2500 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong soldiers.


Platoon (1986) (Jim Wallman)

Chris Taylor, a neophyte recruit in Vietnam, finds himself caught in a battle of wills between two sergeants, one good and the other evil. A shrewd examination of the brutality of war and the duality of man in conflict.


Full Metal Jacket (1987) (Terry Martin)

A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.


The Deer Hunter (1978) (Deborah Southwell)

An in-depth examination of the ways in which the Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of several friends in a small steel mill town in Pennsylvania.


Apocalypse Now (1979) (Philip Middleton)

A U.S. Army officer serving in Vietnam is tasked with assassinating a renegade Special Forces Colonel who sees himself as a god.


The Sapphires (2012) (Deborah Southwell)

It’s 1968, and four young, talented Australian Aboriginal girls learn about love, friendship and war when their all-girl group The Sapphires entertain the US troops in Vietnam.


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