First a warning: this movie is incredibly depressing, but a fantastic film. You won't walk away feeling good about…well, anything. No other film connects the homeland with the soldiers who went to fight in Vietnam like this one. Perhaps the fact that it was made so close to the end of the war gives this movie a sense of realism that's lacking in other war films. The story follows three young steel mill workers from a small town in Pennsylvania who go to Vietnam. The first, and fairly long, chunk of the movie is devoted to the wedding of one of the friends two days before they all ship out. The film deviously lulls you into complacency, as you watch a bunch of people--tight friends who work, drink and live together--having a great time celebrating a happy occasion. Then it abruptly drops you into the horror of Vietnam with a quick smash cut, and it's a rough ride from there, through the famous Russian roulette scenes at the Viet Cong prison camp, to Michael's slow, heartbreaking homecoming. This film does a lot to encapsulate the sacrifices made by veterans and their families.