I actually had a discussion yesterday about this topic. Which is the most memorable Vietnam vet in any movie? De Niro in Taxi Driver? Ron Kovic in Born on the 4th of July? Or even Rambo? The one I prefer is Jacknife. He is the most touching and likable. But I think not necessarily the most memorable. The most memorable for me is de Niro in Taxi Driver. Anyway, I want to hear what you think, which is the most memorable and which one did you like the most?
Here are a few to refresh your memory (and yes, indeed, Robert de Niro is certainly THE Vietnam vet actor)
Robert de Niro in Jacknife
Robert de Niro in Taxi Driver
Robert de Niro in The Deer Hunter
Sylvester Stallone as Rambo: First Blood
Tom Cruise (in one of his best roles) in Born on the 4th of July
Matthew Modine and Nicolas Cage in Birdy
James Cann in Gardens of Stone
Jack Dunne in Heroes
Tom Laughlin in Billy Jack
James Woods in The Visitors
Bruce Willis in In Country
John Lithgow in Distant Thunder
One little confession, I haven’t seen the last four… Did I miss something?