Picks and Pans Review: Vietnam War Story: the Last Days

updated 08/21/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/21/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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The excellent dramatic anthology returns with three very moving films about Vietnam during the last days of American involvement. All three are beautifully crafted.

The first, The Last Outpost, is set in a decrepit fort whose occupants are held at bay by a lone North Vietnamese sniper. While Oscar-winner Haing S. Ngor is listed as the star, it's Steve Antin's sensitive performance as a disillusioned junkie that is most impressive. Luis Soto directed.

The second film, The Last Soldier, is about the sniper, who, it turns out, is a child. This powerful, humanistic look at the enemy was directed by Sandy (Rachel River) Smolan.

The last movie, Dirty Work, takes place in the American embassy in Saigon as the employees are preparing to evacuate. David Burton (Patti Rocks) Morris directed this frightening rush against time.

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