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* CallToAgriculture: [[TagalongReporter Galloway]] ends up having to take a rifle and help defend the wounded troops when the battalion's HQ is overrun. As soon as the crisis has passed and [[spoiler: a critically burned Jimmy Nakayama has been gotten onto a medevac chopper]], he hangs up the rifle [[WarIsHell in disgust]] and picks up his camera to photograph the troops and chronicle their struggle. In RealLife, Galloway landed in Vietnam with a rifle.

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* CallToAgriculture: [[TagalongReporter Galloway]] ends up having to take a rifle and help defend the wounded troops when the battalion's HQ is overrun. As soon as the crisis has passed and [[spoiler: a critically burned Jimmy Nakayama has been gotten onto a medevac chopper]], passed, he hangs up the rifle [[WarIsHell in disgust]] and picks up his camera to photograph the troops and chronicle their struggle. In RealLife, Galloway landed in Vietnam with a rifle.


* CallToAgriculture: [[TagalongReporter Galloway]] ends up having to take a rifle and help defend the wounded troops when the battalion's HQ is overrun. As soon as the crisis has passed, he hangs up the rifle [[WarIsHell in disgust]] and picks up his camera to photograph the troops and chronicle their struggle. In RealLife, Galloway landed in Vietnam with a rifle.

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* CallToAgriculture: [[TagalongReporter Galloway]] ends up having to take a rifle and help defend the wounded troops when the battalion's HQ is overrun. As soon as the crisis has passed, passed and [[spoiler: a critically burned Jimmy Nakayama has been gotten onto a medevac chopper]], he hangs up the rifle [[WarIsHell in disgust]] and picks up his camera to photograph the troops and chronicle their struggle. In RealLife, Galloway landed in Vietnam with a rifle.


* CoolGuns: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] and [[SubvertedTrope subverted]]. Colonel Moore seems to like the new M16 rifle. Sergeant Major Plumley thinks it feels too much like a toy compared to the weapons he's accustomed to. So instead he decides to play the trope straight with his Colt Model 1911A1 (he uses an M14 for a rifle, as a lot of older soldiers did at the beginning of the war, as well as those not yet equipped with the M16). He picks up an M16 only once in the entire movie [[spoiler: to hand to the photojournalist to defend himself with during a fierce NVA attack.]]

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* CoolGuns: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] and [[SubvertedTrope subverted]]. Colonel Moore seems to like the new M16 rifle. Sergeant Major Plumley thinks it feels too much like a toy compared to the weapons he's accustomed to. So instead he decides to play the trope straight with his Colt Model 1911A1 (he uses (in real life, he also carried an M14 for a rifle, as a lot of older soldiers did at the beginning of the war, as well as those not yet equipped with the M16). He picks up an M16 only once in the entire movie [[spoiler: to hand to the photojournalist to defend himself with during a fierce NVA attack.]]


* CombatBreakdown: One engagement between the Lost Platoon and a group of North Vietnamese soldiers devolves to a desperate brawl, with one American soldier beating a Vietnamese troop to death with a helmet.

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* CombatBreakdown: One engagement between the Lost Platoon and a group of North Vietnamese soldiers devolves to a desperate brawl, with one American soldier beating a Vietnamese troop trooper to death with a helmet.


** Another scene that reinforces this is when the helicopter full of reporters arrive after the battle. Moore and Joe are deluged with questions from the reporters, and the men can only stay silent and turn away in disgust.

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** Another scene that reinforces this is when the helicopter full of reporters arrive after the battle. Moore and Joe are deluged with incredibly insensitive questions from the reporters, and the men can only stay silent and turn away in disgust.

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** Discussed at Moore's speech to his platoon before they deploy, where he notes the diversity of the integrated army, and that there are many who would experience discrimination back home. He makes it clear that he will have ''none of that'' in the field.

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* FantasticRacism: When Julie Moore's meeting with all the other army wives to discuss the new posting, Catherine tries to joke about the off-base laundromat's sign that says "Whites Only." Alma, who is African-American, politely points out what it really means. Catherine is appalled, but Alma calms her by saying that her husband and their family won't ask for respect, and they won't give it to any man who hasn't earned it.


* TheNeidermeyer: Sgt Savage's platoon leader, who is seen yelling at his troops while in training. Later he orders his men to chase after a Vietcong scout, and they end up TrappedBehindEnemyLines when they run too far away from their own forces.

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* TheNeidermeyer: Sgt Savage's platoon leader, who is seen aggressively yelling at his troops while in training.training. Plumley isn't too pleased, muttering that he's the type of officer that ends up a GloryHound. Later he orders his men to chase after a Vietcong scout, and they end up TrappedBehindEnemyLines when they run too far away from their own forces.


** A deleted scene features a 2nd Lieutenant fresh out of ROTC trying to boss around a seasoned veteran sergeant. Said sergeant manages to put the LT back in his place...by coming out just wearing his boots and ''two'' Medals of Honor. The LT salutes him immediately. The fact a double awarding of the Medal of Honor has not occurred since 1918 might explain why the scene was deleted (it's also stated he worked for Sgt. Maj. Plumley and was ''scared shitless'' of him).

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** A deleted scene features a 2nd Lieutenant fresh out of ROTC trying to boss around a seasoned veteran sergeant. Said sergeant manages to put the LT back in his place...by coming out just wearing his boots and ''two'' Medals of Honor.Honor on a sash across his chest. The LT salutes him immediately. The fact a double awarding of the Medal of Honor has not occurred since 1918 might explain why the scene was deleted (it's also stated he worked for Sgt. Maj. Plumley and was ''scared shitless'' of him).


** {{Averted}} with the general portrayal of the NVA, whose commander appreciates and cares for the welfare of his soldiers, but also knows that the ''only'' way he can effectively engage the 7th Cavalry is to charge them through walls of air strikes, artillery support, machine-fun fire, and rifle fusillades, and fight them so close the first two advantages are denied to them.

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** {{Averted}} with the general portrayal of the NVA, whose commander appreciates and cares for the welfare of his soldiers, but also knows that the ''only'' way he can effectively engage the 7th Cavalry is to charge them through walls of air strikes, artillery support, machine-fun machine gun fire, and rifle fusillades, and fight them so close the first two advantages are denied to them.


* JungleWarfare: Naturally, this film being set in UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, after all. Most of the film has the Americans and NVA slugging it out deep in the jungles of Vietnam.

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* JungleWarfare: Naturally, this film being set in UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, after all. Most of the film has the Americans and NVA slugging it out deep Averted for a UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar movie. The battle took place in the jungles Central Highlands of Vietnam.Vietnam and the movie mostly looks like it with hills and open woodland.


* ActionPrologue: The beginning of the film shows a French military unit being ambushed by the Viet Minh in 1954 (based on the real-life Battle of Mang Yang Pass, the last official battle of the First Indochina War). One of the Viet Minh soldiers spots a wounded French soldier and asks his commander what to do about it. His commander simply states "Kill all that they send, and they will send no more." The French soldier is then presumably killed offscreen.

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* ActionPrologue: The beginning of the film shows a French military unit being ambushed by the Viet Minh in 1954 (based on the real-life Battle of Mang Yang Pass, the last official battle of the First Indochina War). One of the Viet Minh soldiers spots a wounded French soldier and asks his commander what to do about it. His commander simply states "Kill all that they send, and they will send no more." The French soldier is then presumably killed shot offscreen.


* GenreSavvy: Colonel Moore and Sergeant Major Plumley are both [[OldSoldier seasoned veterans]], having served in Korea and World War II. Much of their work before deploying to Vietnam is impressing upon their inexperienced soldiers the importance of preparing for the worst. They also consistently manage to predict where and how the NVA troopers will attack them, and {{lampshade}} the occasions where going into obvious ambushes is unavoidable while still accomplishing their mission.



* MoreDakka: The point of the "Mad Minute," mentioned above under GenreSavvy. If you suspect the enemy is hiding somewhere, perforate that somewhere with sustained automatic fire. It also serves as “Recon by Fire,” find the enemy by shooting where you think they might be hiding to see if they shoot back.

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* MoreDakka: The point of the "Mad Minute," mentioned above under GenreSavvy.Minute,". If you suspect the enemy is hiding somewhere, perforate that somewhere with sustained automatic fire. It also serves as “Recon "Recon by Fire,” Fire", find the enemy by shooting where you think they might be hiding to see if they shoot back.


* TeamMom Julia and a group of the other army wives take it upon themselves to deliver the DeathNotification telegrams to each other, preferring to become a hated bearer of bad news than to let their friends' hearts be broken by an anonymous courier in a taxi cab.

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* TeamMom TeamMom: Julia and a group of the other army wives take it upon themselves to deliver the DeathNotification telegrams to each other, preferring to become a hated bearer of bad news than to let their friends' hearts be broken by an anonymous courier in a taxi cab.cab.
* ThousandYardStare: In the climax, the Huey pilots are shown watching in silent shock at the bloody effectiveness of their gunship's machine guns and rockets on the NVA troops.

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