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james_NP
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,_,
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._.
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stephen_NP
crane_NN
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razor-sharp_RB
focus_NN
._.
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scope_NN
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'_"
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._.
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._.
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and_CC
one_PN
._.
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a_DT
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,_,
omniscient_JJ
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)_)
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(_(
"_"
c-for-charlie_NP
"_"
)_)
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._.
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to_IN
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war_NN
._.
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they_PP
do_DO
._.
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an_DT
excellent_JJ
performance_NN
,_,
nick_NP
nolte_???
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officer_NN
,_,
lt_NN
._.
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._.
gordon_NP
tall_JJ
._.
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the_DT
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his_PP$
superior_JJ
(_(
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travolta_???
,_,
in_IN
a_DT
questionable_JJ
cameo_???
)_(
._.
this_DT
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opposite_JJ
that_CS
of_IN
captain_NN
bugger_NN
staros_NP
(_(
elias_NP
koteas_JJ
)_)
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._.
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and_CC
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adrien_NP
brody_NN
,_,
james_NP
caviezel_???
,_,
ben_NP
chaplin_NP
,_,
et_NP
al_NP
)_)
,_,
lead_NN
by_IN
1st_CD
sgt_???
._.
welsh_JJ
(_(
sean_NP
penn_???
)_(
,_,
who_NP
must_MD
actually_RB
execute_VB
the_DT
suicide_NN
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handed_VBD
down_RP
to_IN
them_PP
._.
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is_BEZ
filled_VBN
with_IN
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,_,
visual_JJ
poetry_NN
,_,
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._.
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forty-five_CD
minutes_NNS
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the_DT
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movie_NN
;_;
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._.
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doubtless_RB
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to_IN
1998_CD
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masterpiece_NN
of_IN
war_NN
,_,
saving_NN
private_JJ
ryan_NP
a_DT
countless_JJ
number_NN
of_IN
times_NNS
._.
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to_IN
do_DO
so_CS
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to_TO
belittle_VB
both_RB
films_NNS
,_,
for_IN
although_CS
similarities_NNS
abound_VB
,_,
so_RB
do_DO
differences_NNS
._.
director_NN
malick_NP
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a_DT
story_NN
to_IN
tell_VB
,_,
and_CC
for_IN
those_DT
interested_JJ
in_IN
listening_VBG
,_,
this_DT
can_MD
be_BE
a_DT
very_RB
outstanding_JJ
movie_NN
._.
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