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Full Metal: The Vietnam Movie Quiz
by Staff
Strap on your M16, keep an eye peeled for Charlie and take on this platoon of questions that will test your knowledge of movies about the war in Vietnam.

What movie stars Robin Williams as a DJ for the Armed Forces Radio Service in Saigon in 1965?

  • "Flight of the Intruder"
  • "Go Tell the Spartans"
  • "Good Morning, Vietnam"

What 1978 movie won the Academy Award for Best Picture and stars Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken as young men whose lived are drastically affected by their experiences in Vietnam?

  • "The Deer Hunter"
  • "The Odd Angry Shot"
  • "To the Shores of Hell"

The movie "We Were Soldiers" depicts the events of what battle?

  • the Battle of Huế
  • the Battle of Ia Drang
  • the Tet Offensive

Director Joel Schumacher's 2000 movie is named for a Louisiana training camp intended to prepare soldiers for Vietnam's climate before they left the U.S. What was the camp (and the movie) called?

  • "Tigerland"
  • "Butterfield"
  • "Point Lattimer"

"A Yank in Viet-Nam," released in 1964, is unique among American Vietnam movies for what reason?

  • It won the Vietnamese equivalent of an Academy Award.
  • It was filmed in Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
  • It correctly anticipated the actual outcome of the war.

The 1968 movie "The Green Berets" was derided by many critics for having a simplistic, heroic view of war. Who directed and starred in it?

  • Robert Redford
  • James Garner
  • John Wayne

In "Uncommon Valor," Gene Hackman plays a man who organizes a team of Vietnam veterans for a mission back to North Vietnam for what reason?

  • to rescue his son, who is being held as a prisoner of war
  • to get revenge on a Vietnamese colonel who killed his son
  • to assassinate a Communist leader in hopes of turning the tide of the war

What novella is "Apocalypse Now" based on?

  • "The Beast in the Jungle" by Henry James
  • "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad
  • "The Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka

Why does Lt. Col. Kilgore, played by Robert Duval, assault and capture a particular beach in "Apocalypse Now?"

  • He wants to go surfing there.
  • It's a key chokepoint on the river and necessary for Willard's crew to complete their mission.
  • He heard French soldiers had buried a cache of Nazi gold there in the 1950s.

The title of the 1978 movie "Go Tell the Spartans" is a reference to what battle that took place in 480 B.C.E.?

  • the Battle of Thermopylae
  • the Battle of the Hydaspes
  • the Battle of Gaugamela

Some Vietnam movies deal with the life of Vietnam veterans after they return home, rather than the war itself, including this movie, the first to feature the character John Rambo.

  • "Coming Home"
  • "The Exterminator"
  • "First Blood"

What is the title of the 1998 documentary in which the director, whose husband had been killed in the war, goes to Vietnam to visit the place where he died?

  • "Regret to Inform"
  • "Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam"
  • "War Widow"

Why was John Rambo let out of prison in "Rambo: First Blood Part II?"

  • so he could return to Vietnam and find out if there were any POWs remaining
  • He escaped during a power outage.
  • He was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and remanded to a Veteran's Administration hospital.

In this 1989 movie, Beau Bridges and Cambodian actor Haing S. Ngor were given equal billing as a U.S. soldier cared for by a Viet Cong soldier grateful that the American had previously spared his life.

  • "Jacknife"
  • "The Iron Triangle"
  • "Diên Biên Phu"

What action hero stars in the "Missing in Action" film series, about a veteran that returns to Vietnam to rescue friends who are POWs or MIA?

  • Jean-Claude Van Damme
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Chuck Norris

"Platoon Leader" was directed by the brother of what action movie star?

  • Bruce Willis
  • Chuck Norris
  • Sylvester Stallone

"Bullet in the Head," about Hong Kong criminals who move their smuggling operation to Vietnam during the war, was directed by what action movie virtuoso?

  • John Woo
  • John McTiernan
  • Ridley Scott

Oliver Stone directed the 1986 movie "Platoon," which won the Best Picture Oscar. What sets Stone apart from most other directors of Vietnam movies?

  • His mother is Vietnamese.
  • He is himself a Vietnam veteran.
  • He was jailed for protesting the war in the 1960s.

Like many films set in Vietnam, "Platoon" was filmed in another country with similar terrain to Vietnam and which offers access to military equipment for action scenes. What country was Vietnam's stunt double in "Platoon" and "Apocalypse Now?"

  • the Philippines
  • Cambodia
  • Thailand

The second film in Oliver Stone's trilogy of Vietnam movies stars Tom Cruise as a disillusioned and severely injured veteran. What's it called?

  • "Born on the Fourth of July"
  • "White Badge"
  • "Full Metal Jacket"

The first two movies of Stone's trilogy depict the experiences of a soldier during the war and a veteran after the war. What is the third movie, "Heaven & Hell," about?

  • The political maneuvering of the nations participating in the war.
  • The experiences of a Vietnamese woman during and after the war.
  • The parents of two American brothers who are sent to Vietnam to fight in the war.

"Eye of the Eagle" is a Vietnam movie that is not exactly beloved, but it features an obscure early appearance by what actor, who would go on to be a Terminator and Dana Scully's partner. Who's the actor?

  • David Duchovny
  • Robert Patrick
  • Willem Dafoe

This Russ Meyer film, released in 1965, depicts a Vietnam veteran in a somewhat less nuanced manner than later movies would — in this case he's the deranged leader of an ultraviolent biker gang.

  • "Vixen!"
  • "Motorpsycho"
  • "Mudhoney"

1968's "Targets" is about a mentally disturbed Vietnam veteran who goes on a killing spree at a drive-in before his defeat by an aging horror icon, played by what actual aging horror icon?

  • Boris Karloff
  • Lon Chaney
  • Vincent Price

In "Full Metal Jacket," what happens to Vincent D'Onofrio's character, known as Pvt. Pyle?

  • He injures his knee during basic training and is sent home.
  • He's killed by a Viet Cong sniper during the Tet Offensive.
  • He commits suicide.

Who directed "Full Metal Jacket?"

  • Francis Ford Coppola
  • Stanley Kubrick
  • Martin Scorsese

Gene Hackman returned to Vietnam as a signals intelligence officer shot down in North Vietnam and recovered by a massive search-and-rescue operation in what movie?

  • "Bat*21"
  • "The Quiet American"
  • "Flight of the Intruder"

This surreal movie stars Tim Robbins as a Vietnam veteran who endures flashbacks to a severe combat injury and frequent encounters with seemingly impossible or unreal events, including memories of a completely different life.

  • "Jacob's Ladder"
  • "A Bright Shining Lie"
  • "84C MoPic"

Incident on Hill 192 is the official U.S. Army designation for the gang rape and murder of a Vietnamese woman by U.S. soldiers in 1966. What is the name of the movie based on the incident?

  • "Journey from the Fall"
  • "Off Limits"
  • "Casualties of War"

"Flight of the Intruder" gets its title from what?

  • The A-6 Intruder attack plane, which was used to make an unauthorized bombing run in North Vietnam in the movie.
  • The USS Intruder, a Navy cruiser that flees Vietnamese waters when it's overrun by refugees.
  • The nickname of a nuclear missile ready to be fired at Saigon if a Viet Cong agent can’t be found in time.