Episode #148: “Ministers of Death” | Full Metal Jacket (1987)

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.

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Episode #146: “Cadillac of the Skies” | Empire of the Sun (1987)

When a young Bruce Wayne gets separated from his parents, he must learn to do whatever it takes in order to survive in a Japanese internment camp, whether it’s stealing supplies for his friend Basie, protecting the weaker residents of the camp, or being left completely in awe of anything with wings and a propeller. Empire of the Sun was directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Christian Bale and John Malkovich, with music by John Williams.

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Episode #145: “They Love Everybody But You” | Hamburger Hill (1987)

Most Vietnam War movies deal with the psychological torment of war and how soldiers left as idealistic young men, but came back scarred physically and mentally… and having to face a nation that was not proud of their sacrifices. Hamburger Hill tells a different story: one of a band of brothers trying to do the impossible in the midst of war, racism, and the knowledge that they may now be outcasts even in their own country.

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