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Off Limits
Directed by Christopher Crowe
Produced by Alan Barnette
Written by Christopher Crowe
Jack Thibeau
Starring Willem Dafoe
Gregory Hines
Fred Ward
Amanda Pays
Scott Glenn
Music by James Newton Howard
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) 11 March 1988
Running time 102 min.
Language English

Off Limits is a 1988 film set during the Vietnam War starring Willem Dafoe and Gregory Hines and directed by Christopher Crowe. The term "off limits" referred to the area where the original crime took place, an area of Saigon off limits to military personnel. The name of the film was changed to Saigon or Saigon: Off Limits when it was released throughout the rest of the world.

Plot synopsis

Although set during the war, the tale is more of a mystery than a story about the war. Sergeant First Class Buck McGriff (Dafoe) and Sergeant First Class Albaby Perkins (Hines) are two joint services CID agents on duty in war torn Saigon. When a prostitute is found murdered they discover that a high ranking military man may be the murderer and also the father of the dead girl's child. Investigations lead them to Colonel Dexter Armstong (Scott Glenn), but Armstrong rules himself out of inquiries by committing suicide. With the help of a French nun Sister Nicole (Amanda Pays) and their non-commissioned officer in charge, Master Sergeant Dix (Fred Ward), they finally close in on their target, although their inquiries end up with them nearly being sent home.

The film marks Willem Dafoe's second Vietnam War movie. He had previously starred in Platoon and would go on to play a role in Born on the Fourth of July.


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