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The Virgin Soldiers (1969)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, War  |  7 May 1970 (Netherlands)
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A group of young British soldiers billeted in Singapore of the year 1950 dreaming about winning the love of the daughter of the Regimental Sergeant Major.

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A group of young British soldiers billeted in Singapore of the year 1950 dreaming about winning the love of the daughter of the Regimental Sergeant Major. Written by Volker Boehm

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Comedy | Drama | War

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7 May 1970 (Netherlands)  »

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During the scene where Brigg and Lantry are talking at the bar a young David Bowie can be very briefly glimpsed being escorted away by the barman. Despite auditioning and getting into the film, Bowie can only be seen briefly in this shot in the finished film. See more »

Goofs

During the dance Nigel Davenport (Sgt) addressed Nigel Patrick (Sgt Major) as 'Sir'. As an NCO he would not be addressed as 'Sir'. See more »

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Followed by Stand Up, Virgin Soldiers (1977) See more »

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Excellent movie
20 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film on late-night TV in the 1970's, a few years after doing a tour in Vietnam as a 20-year-old GI in the US Army. Even though it's a different time and a different war, I really thought "The Virgin Soldiers" captured a lot of the feeling of a young, western soldier serving in a confusing, brutal, sometimes even humorous Asian war zone. One of the most realistic things was, these guys were young, like most soldiers in most wars, kind of scared, and having to face the reality of shooting the guy in the other uniform before he shoots you. And I definitely recognized a fair number of the characters, especially the sergeants. War movies often stereotype or simplify the NCO's. In reality, and in this movie, some of them are bullies, some are flat-out cowards, and some are competent, quietly heroic people who do their best to keep their troops alive in the combat zone. War is not a good thing, but how people cope (or don't cope) with it will always be a fascinating topic. I highly recommend this film...wish it was on tape or DVD.


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