This tale of doomed romance set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War was the last in a string of box office disappointments from director Sidney J. Furie before he struck gold again with Iron Eagle (1986). Ken Wahl stars as Dr. Don Jardian, a Navy medical officer assigned to duty in Vietnam. Jardian is no flag-waving patriot, however; the reluctant warrior is just biding his time until he can return stateside and start a lucrative private practice.
Then he meets and falls in love with Deborah Solomon (Cheryl Ladd), a devoted nurse who at first keeps the handsome doctor at bay, disgusted by the avariciousness that led him to choose what Deborah considers a noble profession. Eventually, however, Deborah’s selflessness inspires Don and their romance blooms despite their bloody surroundings, leading to a dangerous mission that could separate them forever.
Purple Hearts is a 1984 war film directed by Sidney J. Furie and starring Ken Wahl and Cheryl Ladd. The screenplay concerns a Navy surgeon and a Navy nurse who fall in love while serving in Vietnam during the war. Their affection for one another provides a striking contrast to the violence of warfare.
Purple Hearts (1984)
Directed by: Sidney J. Furie
Starring: Ken Wahl, Cheryl Ladd, Stephen Lee, Annie McEnroe, Paul McCrane, Cyril O’Reilly, Hillary B. Smith, Drew Snyder, Lane Smith
Screenplay by: Sidney J. Furie, Rick Natkin
Cinematography by: Jan Kiesser
Film Editing by: George Grenville
Set Decoration by: Ramon Nicdao
Art Direction by: Francisco Balangue
Music by: Robert Folk
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: March 30, 1984