Vittime di guerra (film di Brian De Palma del 1989)

VITTIME DI GUERRA è un film di Brian De Palma con protagonisti principali Sean Penn e Michael J. Fox. Ambientato durante la Guerra in Vietnam, narra un fatto realmente accaduto noto come l’incidente della collina 192.

Durante il lungo e doloroso conflitto vietnamita, una compagnia militare americana è guidata da un borioso e razzista sergente di nome Tony Meserve. I soldati sono tutti più o meno assoggettati al carattere del superiore meno il mite soldato Sven Eriksson, che ha vari scontri verbali con il primo. La compagnia si macchia di un crimine terribile sequestrando, per rappresaglia ad un compagno ucciso, una ingenua ed inoffensiva contadina locale e sottoponendola ad un vile stupro di gruppo dal quale Eriksson resta fuori ma rimane zitto per spirito cameratesco. Dopo alcuni giorni in cui la malcapitata ragazza è costretta legata a seguire i soldati nel percorso, Meserve la uccide brutalmente a sangue freddo mentre lei implora pietà. Eriksson decide quindi di rompere il silenzio e denunciare l’accaduto ai suoi superiori, i quali in un primo momento cercano di convincerlo a desistere per evitare uno scandalo ma lui, incurante, fa aprire un’inchiesta che si concluderà con l’udienza alla corte marziale e con condanne pesantissime per i suoi commilitoni. La scena quindi si sposta in America con Eriksson, ormai restituito alla vita civile, che urta accidentalmente una studentessa asiatica facendola cadere a terra: dopo averla aiutata a rialzarsi noterà che essa assomiglia incredibilmente alla povera ragazza uccisa.

Il film, oltre alla superba regia di Brian De Palma, è nobilitato dalla colonna sonora di Ennio Morricone, il quale concorse al Golden Globe senza tuttavia vincere. L’episodio raccontato nella pellicola ha un precedente in un altro film del 1970 intitolato O.K. e diretto da Michael Verhoeven. Tra le curiosità del film c’è che il rapporto conflittuale tra Penn e Fox rappresentato nella storia fosse tale anche nel set, dove non mancarono delle schermaglie verbali tra i due complice anche il carattere non esattamente malleabile del primo.

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