Tour of Duty

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Tour of Duty

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As the first television drama series about the Vietnam War, Tour of Duty focuses on a single platoon of young U.S. soldiers through their one-year tour of combat duty in Vietnam during the late 1960's. While their own country is rocked by a massive anti-war movement, these young men find themselves thrown into combat in Southeast Asia, where they face enemy troops they can not see and sometimes can not kill. They also face their own fears, as they struggle in a hostile environment just to keep themselves and their fellow soldiers alive. Terence Knox, Kevin Conroy, Stephen Caffrey, Joshua Maurer, Steve Akahoshi, Tony Becker, Eric Bruskotter, Stan Foster, Ramon Franco and Miguel A. Nunez, Jr. star as the infantrymen who represent diverse racial, cultural and philosophical backgrounds but must ultimately depend on one another to get through the war alive. Tour of Duty takes place in 1967, when the war in Vietnam has escalated to terrifying heights. Four hundred seventy-five thousand U.S. troops are stationed in South Vietnam. Like most fighting units "in country," Company B is a diverse mixture of young men, mostly teenagers, from across the United States. Its base is a remote firecamp, composed of sandbagged bunkers and surrounded by mine fields and the scorched remains of once-lush forests. The enemy they encounter is the well-trained and well-supplied regulars of the North Vietnamese Army. Company B's driving force is Sgt. Zeke Anderson (Knox), an amiable and popular sergeant, already on his third tour of duty in Vietnam and determined to keep himself and his men alive. He shares a mutual respect with Capt. Rusty Wallace (Conroy), the company commander and a patient leader, tolerant of the young soldiers for whom he is responsible. Lt. Myron Goldman (Caffrey) is a newly arrived officer, anxious to assert leadership despite his inexperience. Others are Pri. Roger Horn (Maurer), "Doc" Randy Matsuda (Akahoshi), Cpl. Danny Percell (Becker), Pri. Alberto Ruiz (Franco) and Pri. Marcus Taylor (Nunez). Tour of Duty goes beyond the massive political turmoil caused by the Vietnam War and attempts to portray the human side of the conflict. Nearly three million American servicemen were sent overseas, and more than 57,000 of them never came back. It is only recently that Americans look anew at the war and remember the men of all races and backgrounds who served there at such tremendous personal sacrifice. In the UK the series was shown regionally on the ITV network, differing nights at times between 11:30pm and 1:30am.moreless
Kyle Chandler

Kyle Chandler

Pvt. William Griner (Season 3)

John Dye

John Dye

Private Francis 'Doc Hock' Hockinberry

Stephen Caffrey

Stephen Caffrey

Lt. Myron Goldman

Lee Majors

Lee Majors

Pvt. Thomas 'Pop' Scarlett (Season 3)

Kevin Conroy

Kevin Conroy

Capt. Rusty Wallace

Carl Weathers

Carl Weathers

Colonel Carl Brewster (Season 3)

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A great series I would love to watch again

    9.5
    Does anyone know if there are plans to Rerun again?
  • Truly, one of the best shows ever made.

    10
    I'm Canadian, so I have never really felt a sense of patriotism or connectedness to American-produced historical war movies or tv shows. I've felt that any that I've ever watched go through a process of trying to justify American involvement, or cast the Americans in a favorable light.



    Tour of Duty is special in that you aren't required to have any knowledge of the context surrounding the Vietnam War. Although the show focuses on a platoon of American soldiers and their hardships, it also gives a strong sense of the hardships endured by the other factions involved in the Vietnam War. It gives a true sense of what was felt by all, and really gives a different perspective on the events that transpired.



    Tour of Duty doesn't succeed due to the fact that it has incredible acting, impressive special effects, or nudity. That isn't to say that the acting isn't good or the set backgrounds aren't interesting. However, the true strength of Tour of Duty is experienced through it's ability to portray emotion, and induce emotion on the viewer. It's weird, but that simple fact is what makes this show better than anything else I've ever seen on TV.



    Although the series only lasts 3 seasons, it is definitely a must-see for anyone who takes TV shows seriously. Some presumed financial difficulties result in the latter half of the third season feeling diluted, but the rest of the series more than compensates, for an overall experience that truly defines it's genre on television.moreless
  • One of the best and least well know series it has ever been my pleasure to stumble across

    9.5
    I have just dusted off my collection of dvd's of this show and now i remember why i love it so much.



    The characters are all well written and develop through out the series to become very real people, with all the strengths and weaknesses you would expect to see, and by the end of series one, you will feel like you know each of the main characters.



    This programme does not shy away from the horrors and atrocitiesof war. And while it tells the stories of a group of young Americans, it doesn't always portray them as the heros. If you want to see a gritty, thought provoking drama, then this is definately the one for you.moreless
  • A surprisingly interesting show.

    8.0
    Who said you can't find anything good by channel surfing? I came about this wonderful show at 4 PM on TNT one day. This has to be one of the best war TV shows ever made and would make a very interesting movie plot. I liked that the war aspect wasn't over-dramatized like other Vietnam movies tend to be with basically cursing and drug use...and sometimes plots that are unrealistic and make no sense. This show had some good acting and a really good plot. You were made to feel for the characters which I think is very hard in the war genre. Overall, the plot was a little hard to follow at times but it was very dramatic and enjoyable.moreless
  • The best Vietnam series I have ever watched. Chacter based drama that didn't worry about being politically corect.

    9.0
    I loved this show. At least until the "China Beach" era. Really wish the writers would have stuck with what worked in the first season and a half. I have to throw in a "Jericho" reference, both were(are) shows that stepped outside the box of traditional programming at the time and delivered quality television. The first half of Tour was as good a television series as I have ever watched. The characters were deleveloped perfectly and it was easy to understand the seriousness of the situations they encountered(at least as much as someone who wasn't there could). Even when new characteres were introduced they were worked into the "feel of things" perfectly and became part of the cast and never seemed out of place.moreless
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    December 13, 2005 DVD Releases

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    July 5, 2005 DVD Releases

    • my thoughts on stuff lol
      hiya every1. ~HAPPY NEW YEAR~ I used 2 watch the show in my dad's bedroom when i was like um....about 9 or 10 yrs. as i was onl...
      12/31/10
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    • Goofs or Missing
      I just starting to view all the DVDs as a Vietnam Vet I have some questions:Firebases have arty 105 or 155mm I never saw at Ladybi...
      12/31/10
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    • Only 1 post !!!
      Well now there is 2 for the best viet nam series ever i loved this show more than life its self and hid under my bed sheets for...
      06/27/07
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    • two versions
      does anyone know how come this show came out in two versions. one version, the title was "tour of duty" and the 2nd version it was...
      02/18/07
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    • Tour of Duty Helped Me Teach English
      Tour of Duty came out while I was in Japan but fortunately for me it was released on video there and I was able to watch it.  (It...
      09/12/06
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