After more than a decade of films that examined the war in Vietnam from many different angles, Francis Ford Coppola concentrated not on the heroics, battles or camaraderie of war, but simply on the burial of the dead. From the vantage point of Arlington National Cemetery, with its somber
landscape of white crosses, war appears most senseless.
Sergeant Clell Hazard (James Caan) is a military man through and through, a hard-bitten veteran who, in 1968, hates the Vietnam War but loves the service. His job is to oversee the men assigned to the Old Guard at Arlington, that elite corps of soldiers who stand watch over the Tomb of the Unknown
Soldier, escort the many ...