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Sure it's searing and intense, but so is a microwave oven. David Rabe's play, about a barracks room of draftees waiting to be shipped to Vietnam, is a less than honorable piece of theater, relying on physical and psychological violence to keep the audience in a constant state of anxiety and submission; Robert Altman's film is even more dubious, based on a mise-en-scene that isolates individual actors in interminable, shrieking close-up monologues. You leave the theater feeling shaken, upset, and without the slightest idea of what all the screaming was about. With Matthew Modine, Michael Wright, Mitchell Lichtenstein, and David Allen Grier (1983).

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