Stanley Kubrick's take on the Vietnam War follows smart-aleck Private Davis (Matthew Modine), quickly christened "Joker" by his foul-mouthed drill sergeant (R. Lee Ermey), and pudgy Private Lawrence (Vincent D'Onofrio), nicknamed "Gomer Pyle," as they endure the rigors of basic training. Though Pyle takes a frightening detour, Joker graduates to the Marine Corps and is sent to Vietnam as a journalist, covering -- and eventually participating in -- the bloody Battle of Hué. [Google listing]

This film is rated R

A companion series to the Museum’s new Vietnam exhibit and forthcoming Project Welcome Home, the Museum will screen four films that explore the Vietnam War from the air, the ground, on the home front, and through the lens of soldiers, pilots, journalists and film makers. Films in the summer series include Platoon, We Were Soldiers, and Full Metal Jacket, and Rescue Dawn. An introduction to each film will be provided by a Vietnam veteran from the Distinguished Flying Cross Society.

Vietnam Film Series Dates

June 23 Rescue Dawn

July 29 Platoon

Aug 18 Full Metal Jacket

Sep 15 We Were Soldiers

FREE with Museum Admission.