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Tribes (1970)

TV Movie  |  G  |   |  Drama  |  10 November 1970 (USA)
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A Marine Corps drill instructor who is disgusted by the fact that the Corps now accepts draftees finds himself pitted against a hippie who has been drafted but refuses to accept the military's way of doing things.

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Drake
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DePayster
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Adrian
John Gruber ...
Quentin
Danny Goldman ...
Sidney
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Sanchez
Antone Curtis ...
Marcellus
Peter Hooten ...
Scrunch
David Buchanan ...
Armstrong
Ric Weaver ...
Morton
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Among the new recruits in a U.S. Marine basic-training platoon is Adrian, a long-haired member of the hippie generation, opposed to blind allegiance to authority and the complete opposite of Gunnery Sergeant Tom Drake, who is assigned as Drill Instructor for Adrian's platoon. Drake's job as a D.I. is to break down the individuality of his recruits in order to rebuild them as a military unit, and he sets out to break Adrian's particularly contrary spirit. But Adrian's gentle will is difficult to break, and eventually both men come to learn something about what the other has to offer. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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WANTED by the US Marines: for AWOL, insubordination . . . and doing his thing!

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For what it's worth, the Marine Corps approved of this movie, part of their new lenient image no doubt. See more »

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As Adrian and Drake leave the bus station, a light is reflected in the door. See more »

Quotes

DePayster: What kind of flower are you, boy? Are you a sweet pea, boy? Are you a sweet pea?
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Tribes
Words and Music by Marty Cooper
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Very good portrayal of boot camp
16 April 2004 | by (Lancaster, PA) – See all my reviews

As an ex-Marine, I was keenly interested in seeing this movie of the week rerun when it aired, I think at 2 am, but what the heck I was on night shift anyway.

First off, I liked it, I really liked it and not because it "took sides" because frankly I don't think it did. A VERY young Jan-Michael Vincent played the part of a spacy draftee quite well and Darren McGavin was his usual excellent self. Parts of the film were filmed at MCRD (Marine Corps Recruit Depot) in San Diego, with real recruits going through drill training on the grinder. Even though it was filmed at the height of the Vietnam war, politics was left out of the film, but they did manage to show the conflict between the hippie and the more conventional recruits.

The best performance though was from Earl Holliman in my opinion. He played the hard-ass DI to the hilt and provided the strongest contrast to the hippie's live-and-let-live anarchy, even stronger than McGavin's character.

The movie didn't offer answers, nor did it preach about who was right and who wasn't (maybe that was the point anyway, nobody is really 100% "right" in any conflict).


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