When four American soldiers kidnap, rape, and murder a Vietnamese girl, the proceedings are observed by another American (Michael Verhoeven). The brutal attack is depicted in a most graphic manner, spending an inordinate amount of time on the repeated rape and subsequent evisceration of the 15-year-old girl. The bystander is helpless to save the girl but manages to file an official report of the incident. Unfortunately, the report is read and discarded. Unlike similar efforts, this film is based on actual events which took place in 1966. Given the tone of high-moral indignation of this film, some people, who have not forgotten their grievances from World War II, wonder how any German has the standing to lecture Americans on the subject of wartime atrocities.
by Dan Pavlides synopsis