Full Metal: The Vietnam Movie Quiz

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

"Good Morning, Vietnam" was loosely based on actual AFRS DJ Adrian Cronauer's time in 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" received nine Oscar nominations and won five.

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

"We Were Soldiers" is based on "We Were Soldiers Once… And Young," a book by a soldier and a reporter who were at Ia Drang.

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" starred Colin Farrell.

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

"A Yank in Viet-Nam" is about a Marine Corps pilot shot down in Vietnam and was filmed in South Vietnam.

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?

John Wayne made "The Green Berets" to counter some of the anti-military sentiment he saw in the U.S. at the time.

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?

They undertake a mission to rescue his son and other P.O.W.s because the U.S. government refuses to negotiate for their return or even acknowledge that they exist.

What novella is "Apocalypse Now" based on?

"Apocalypse Now" moves the story of "Heart of Darkness" from the Congo River to the Nung River in Vietnam.

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

"Charlie don’t surf." But Kilgore does.

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 soldiers in "Go Tell the Spartans" share the same fate as the Spartans at Thermopylae.

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.

"First Blood" is focused on the post-war struggles of veteran John Rambo. Later movies in the series would send Rambo back to Vietnam with infinite ammunition.

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?

Barbara Sonneborn traveled to Vietnam to make "Regret to Inform." Her Vietnamese translator had also lost her husband in the war.

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

Military officials assumed Rambo wouldn't find any POWs. They were wrong. The movie's actual tagline is: "They sent him on a mission and set him up to fail. But they made one mistake. They forgot they were dealing with Rambo." How do you forget something like that?

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.

The sympathetic portrayal of a North Vietnamese soldier makes "The Iron Triangle" a rarity among U.S.-made Vietnam movies.

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?

This Chuck Norris action movie probably sounds a lot like "Rambo: First Blood Part II." That's because the creators basically ripped off James Cameron's script treatment for the Rambo movie, then rushed the first two "Missing in Action" movies into production.

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

It was directed by Aaron Norris, Chuck's brother, and released by Cannon Films, the same company that made the "Missing in Action" movies.

"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 directed "Bullet in the Head" in 1990.

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

Stone wrote "Platoon" based on his own combat experiences in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968.

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?"

"Platoon," "Apocalypse Now" and "Born on the Fourth of July" were all shot in the Philippines.

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?

Stone won the Academy Award for Best Director for "Born on the Fourth of July."

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?

"Heaven & Earth" is about Le Ly — a Vietnamese woman who endures brutal treatment by all sides of the war before meeting a U.S. soldier — who struggles with life once they return to the U.S. together.

"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?

Robert Patrick would later star as the T-1000 in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" and replaced Mulder as Scully's partner when David Duchovny left "The X-Files."

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.

"Motorpsycho" is a straightforward vengeance exploitation movie.

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 played Byron Orlok in one of his final film appearances.

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

Pvt. Pyle suffers a mental breakdown and kills his drill instructor, then himself.

Who directed "Full Metal Jacket?"

Stanley Kubrick directed "Full Metal Jacket." It's based on a novel by Vietnam veteran Gustav Hasford called "The Short-Timers."

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 was the call sign of the actual signals officer shot down and recovered, upon which the movie is based.

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" shares certain thematic elements with the Ambrose Bierce short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge."

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?

Released in 1989, "Casualties of War" was directed by Brian De Palma and starred Sean Penn and Michael J. Fox.

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

The Intruder in this case is the Grumman A-6.

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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.

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