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Tracy Keenan Wynn (written by) and
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Release Date:
10 November 1970 (USA) See more »
WANTED by the US Marines: for AWOL, insubordination . . . and doing his thing!
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Darren McGavin ... Drake

Earl Holliman ... DePayster

Jan-Michael Vincent ... Adrian
John Gruber ... Quentin
Danny Goldman ... Sidney

Richard Yniguez ... Sanchez
Antone Curtis ... Marcellus

Peter Hooten ... Scrunch
David Buchanan ... Armstrong
Ric Weaver ... Morton
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Carter ... Passerby Outside Bus Depot (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph Sargent 
Writing credits
Tracy Keenan Wynn (written by) and
Marvin Schwartz (written by)

Produced by
Marvin Schwartz .... producer
Tracy Keenan Wynn .... associate producer
Original Music by
Al Capps 
Marty Cooper 
Cinematography by
Russell Metty (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Patrick Kennedy 
Art Direction by
Richard Day 
Jack Martin Smith 
Set Decoration by
Walter M. Scott  (as Walter Scott)
Jerry Wunderlich 
Production Management
Samuel E. Beetley .... post-production supervisor
David Silver .... unit production manager
Jack Sonntag .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bruce Fowler Jr. .... assistant director (as Bruce Fowler)
Sound Department
Don Hall .... sound editor (uncredited)
Jack Jackson .... sound editor (uncredited)
Dick Jensen .... sound editor (uncredited)
Theodore Soderberg .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Jean G. Valentino .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Bob Weatherford .... sound editor (uncredited)
Brooke Hudson .... stunts
Music Department
Lionel Newman .... music supervisor
Other crew
Richard Haack .... technical advisor (as Capt. Richard Haack U.S.M.C.)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Tribe" - International (English title) (imdb display title)
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90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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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 »
Crew or equipment visible: As Adrian and Drake leave the bus station, a light is reflected in the door.See more »
DePayster:You hear about those boys in 'Nam, smokin' marijuana? Any of my boys do that, I'll kill 'em!
Drake:What? What are you talking about, you don't have any "boys."
DePayster:Aw, I'll kill 'em anyway.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Full Metal Jacket (1987)See more »
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Ahead of its time, 6 January 2003
Author: Freebird2 from USA

I recommend watching this movie and then fast forward and watch Tigerland,Plattoon,full Metal Jacket.Tribes was ahead of its time,but the story is repeated.I just noticed how some themes are remade by Hollywood.One scene that sticks out in my mind was when Jan-Michael Vincent was able to hold buckets for so long.He was thinking of a time with his woman-being free and blocking everything else out.It was a battle between two ideals-drill sergeant trying to do his job and recruit who didn't want his job.I was a member of military had some friends kind of like that and I don't hold fact they "couldn't" adapt to military life against them-should have see some of derelict people I served with and that were my superiors.Definately worth seeing for comparisons to more modern films of similar theme.

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