Being stuck in barracks before the dark days of Vietnam brings out the latent racism and homophobia of the soldiers there, not to mention a bit of ol' fashioned insanity. David Rabe wrote the original play, and since he's a Vet he knows about the craziness that ensued - the proceedings seem a bit overheated, but anyone that's ever read Michael Herr's essential Dispatches would know how absurd and frantic things could be. The cast is outstanding, but David Alan Grier's performance is (for me, at least) the most interesting - he's generally known for his comedic abilities (his parts on In Living Color are famous), but he gets to show off his range here.
Director: Robert Altman
Year Released: 1983