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Search & destroy : [an illustrated guide to Vietnam war movies
Hunter, Jack, 1959-
Publication Information:
[London] : Creation Books, 2003.

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255 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Cover has subtitle: an illustrated guide to Vietnam war movies.
Combat films / Jack Hunter -- "The Deer hunter" / Dan Rider -- "Apocalypse now redux" / Justin Bowyer -- "The last hunter" / Ben Cobb -- "Platoon" / Dan Rider -- "Full metal jacket" / Neil Jackson -- Vietnam vet films. Motorcycle psychos ; In the ghetto : blaxploitation ; Hell trip : SF/horror ; Psycho killers ; Vigilante storm ; The hollow men / Jack Hunter -- "Taxi driver" / Mikita Brottman -- "Tracks" / David Flint -- The "Rambo" movies / Neil Jackson -- Vietnam : the transparent war / Jack Stevenson -- No civil disobedience / Jack Hunter -- Sticks and bones / Jack Sargeant -- Helicopters in the mist / David Sorfa.
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From the early gung-ho posturing of John Wayne in The Green Berets to the psychedelic rites of Apocalypse Now and the stark horrors of Platoon and Full Metal Jacket, Search & Destroy is a guide to the way Hollywood has progressively portrayed the Vietnam war. From Travis Bickle in Scorsese's classic Taxi Driver to the brutal rapist of hardcore porn movie Forced Entry, psychotic vietnam veterans have been wreaking screen havoc from the early '70s onwards. Dennis Hopper in Tracks, Sylvester Stallone in First Blood, Robert Ginty in The Exterminator; these disparate characters are all driven by the same demons and blood-drenched flashbacks, haunted by the spectre of Nam. In graphic films such as Jacob's Ladder, Troma's Combat Shock, and Antonio Margheriti's Cannibal Apocalypse, Viet vets are subjected to the horrors of physical or mental mutation after being exposed to chemical warfare and experimentation in Nam. Search & Destroy contains illustrated essays on these and hundreds of other movies, ranging from the combat traumas graphically displayed in documentaries such as Army Medicine In Vietnam, to underground classics to the most garish exploitation movies and gun-fixated redneck trash. Search & Destroy is the ultimate guide to the cinematic legacy of Vietnam, a harrowing trip into the heart of darkness Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Jack HunterDan RiderJustin BowyerBen CobbDan RiderNeil JacksonJack HunterMikita BrottmanDavid FlintNeil JacksonJack StevensonJack HunterJack SargeantDavid Sorfa
Foreword: American Nightmarep. 5
Chronology of the Conflictp. 7
Introduction: If I Should Die In A Combat Zonep. 13
Part 1 War
Chapter 1 Combat Filmsp. 19
Chapter 2 "The Deer Hunter"p. 29
Chapter 3 "Apocalypse Now Redux"p. 37
Chapter 4 "The Last Hunter"p. 57
Chapter 5 "Platoon"p. 65
Chapter 6 "Full Metal Jacket"p. 75
Part 2 Aftermath
Chapter 7 Vietnam Vet Filmsp. 91
i) Motorcycle Psychos
ii) In The Ghetto: Blaxploitation
iii) Hell Trip: SF/Horror
iv) Psycho Killers
v) Vigilante Storm
vi) The Hollow Men
Chapter 8 "Taxi Driver"p. 139
Chapter 9 "Tracks"p. 153
Chapter 10 The "Rambo" Moviesp. 161
Appendix 1 Documentaries
Chapter 11 Vietnam: The Transparent Warp. 179
Appendix 2 Protest
Chapter 12 No Civil Disobediencep. 207
Appendix 3 Hardware
Chapter 13 Sticks and Bonesp. 217
Chapter 14 Helicopters in the Mistp. 233
Index of Filmsp. 251