Cinema: An Unseen Star

84 CHARLIE MOPIC Directed and Written by Patrick Duncan

We have been soldiering with this lost patrol since we were kids: the gruff but caring sergeant, preternaturally wise in the ways of the enemy and the equally hostile terrain; the street wisecracking kid; the slow-drawling bumpkin; a man called Hammer and another called Pretty Boy. And, of course, a lieutenant who is both green and ambitious and therefore more dangerous to friend than foe. Such characters have been AWOL from most movies about Viet Nam, and 84 Charlie MoPic would have curiosity value if it only brought them back and restored...

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