Ravi,I ama combat veteranof the Ist Infantry DivisioninVietnam(1966). As toyour questions about De Niro's characterinthe Deer Hunter.I felt it was way over the top, as are most war veteran characters infilm,usually tomake a heavy handed point about the horrors of war.
Oliver Stone's "Platoon"was authentic looking.Everyone looked like a Vietnamera soldier, they allacted as such.But his script was pure horse dung,riddled withsomany inaccuracies, I lost count.I was inVietnama year before the filmtakes place,and I didn't believe hardly any of it. Another laughable filmwas the MelGibson"Whenwe were Soldiers".I had friends that fought inthe battle depicted.The whole thing was a joke as far as I was concerned.Gibson's character was laughable,IMO. (as was the script)
The only truly decent filmabout Vietnamwas a film entitled "Gotellthe Spartans". Starring Burt Lancaster and Marc Singer.It is set in1964,the year before the "buildup" started. Most films about Vietnamhad a politicalagenda behind them, there has yettobe one produced that really tells the truth. There is a filmbeing produced by TomHanks and directed by PaulGreengrass called "They Marched intoSunlight" based on a bookby PaulMarranis. It should be released around Dec of this year.It involves my regiment inVietnam,but a year afterI left (plus I was inthe 1st Bn,this is the 2nd Bn) If the filmsticks close to the book, it should be a very truthfultale.
Allthe other socalled "Vietnamwar films I've seen,aren't worth a mention.
I imagine youwillget other opinions re: Vietnamfilms.Pleas keeepinmind that what I said is just my opinion,others may disagree. I hope yourecieve many opinions and are able todraw a conclusionas to the veracity of the Vietnamera war films.