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Movies of 1987 Bracket Game: Lethal Weapon Vs. Good Morning Vietnam


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Today’s match pairs two rising stars against each other at the moments when their careers took shape.  Robin Williams and Mel Gibson were among Hollywood’s most sought-after leading men.  And they can both trace their A-list status back to the movies they headlined in 1987.  Gibson costarred opposite Danny Glover in the buddy-cop movie that defined the genre.  And Williams received his first-ever Oscar nomination for playing a zany army DJ for the Armed Forces Radio Service during the Vietnam Conflict.

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Movies of 1987 Bracket Game: Full Metal Jacket Vs Good Morning Vietnam


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America spent the eighties processing the collective experience of the Vietnam conflict.  As a result, Hollywood spent much of the decade making movies about ‘Nam.  Oliver Stone’s Platoon presented combat from the perspective of the young soldiers while Rambo gave America a cathartic fantasy in which one man could single-handedly win the war.  1987 gave us two significant comedic dramas set in Vietnam; Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket and Barry Levinson’s Good Morning Vietnam.

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