Released in 1972, Parades dealt with the timely issue of the mistreatment of A.W.O.L. soldiers in army stockades across the nation.

Director Robert J. Siegel's brutal drama is reportedly based on actual incidents that occurred in stockades at such noted army camps as Fort Dix, New Jersey; Fort Riley, Kansas; and Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

As expected of such fare, there are graphic scenes that depict the inhuman handling the prisoners get from their guards as well as their fellow prisoners.

The film's imagery is more powerful than the minimal, often formulaic screenplay, which is credited to George Tabori.

An actor in this movie appeared as a deserter in another Vietnam film released the same year, AWOL, the tale of an American soldier who refuses to fight in Vietnam and thus goes to Denmark.