The Iron Triangle

  • 1989
  • Movie
  • R
  • War

THE IRON TRIANGLE is a modestly scaled Vietnam War film that, rather effectively, for once, attempts to show both sides of the conflict. US Army captain Bridges, a rugged veteran, struggles to do the right thing by his platoon in the throes of senseless jungle combat, only to be thwarted at every turn, not only by the "enemy," but by his own men. Warfare...read more

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THE IRON TRIANGLE is a modestly scaled Vietnam War film that, rather effectively, for once, attempts to show both sides of the conflict. US Army captain Bridges, a rugged veteran, struggles to do the right thing by his platoon in the throes of senseless jungle combat, only to be thwarted

at every turn, not only by the "enemy," but by his own men. Warfare brings out the worst in certain of his comrades, especially when it comes to the treatment of prisoners, many of whom are summarily annihilated. During a fierce firefight, Bridges is captured by a 17-year-old Viet Cong soldier,

Whatley, who wrestles with his conscience over the goals of the communists. Moreover, the wanton brutality of his compatriots, especially Ishida, causes him to withdraw even further into himself. In time, he comes to take a proprietary view of his prisoner, and, to insure justice for Bridges,

breaks away from his troop. Naturally, over the course of their travails the two men learn much about themselves.

Like all films of its genre, THE IRON TRIANGLE is faced with the immensely difficult task of re-creating the devastation and complexity of war, an undertaking that is further complicated in this case by the filmmakers' attempt to do so realistically and objectively. Within the limits of its budget

and simplistic script, THE IRON TRIANGLE more or less accomplishes what it sets out to do without too many groan-inducing moments. The location photography, intelligent editing, and explosive special effects are impressive, quite the equal of many larger productions. Bridges is effortlessly

convincing, as is Whatley. Careful viewers will note the presence of Oscar-winner Haing S. Ngor (THE KILLING FIELDS) in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it role as the VC leader.

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  • Released: 1989
  • Rating: R
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