With a film perhaps even more theatrical than 12 Angry Men, Robert Altman proves that he isn't afraid of letting go of certain filmatic expectations and effects in order to enhance others. Streamers cannot elude coming off as confined and at times overly staged, but in its best stages the film is human drama more powerful than you'll see in a long time. Altman mirrors the contemporary social conflicts against the prospects of the Vietnam war, and David Rabe's play picks out a few highly potent issues. Most of all though, the film is a document of great and powerful acting from the lead quartet. Matthew Modine is the star, but Michael Wright and Mitchell Lichtenstein are the scene-stealers. Rabe's dialogue is particularly good.