The Wall


The stories of three different items left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., come to life.

EJO's Role

Edward James Olmos plays Col. Holst in "The Pencilholder" segment.

The Numbers

"The Wall" originally aired on May 24, 1998.

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  • 1998 ALMA Award: Two nominations (Outstanding Actor in Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series, Michael DeLorenzo; and Outstanding Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series)
  • 1999 Motion Picture Sound Editors: Nominated for the Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing - Television Movies of the Week - Music

My Take

Edward James Olmos in The Wall

"The Wall" is a moving look at the Vietnam War and its legacy.

Edward James Olmos is note-perfect with his somber portrayal of a military officer lost without his late-wife and struggling with raising his son and the burdens of command.

Overall, "The Wall" ties past and present together while resisting the urge to delve into excessive sentimentality. It tells its stories, nothing more, nothing less, and does it in a way that is moving and thought-provoking.

I'm proud to have this film in my movie library.

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