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The Boys in Company C (1978)

Follows a group of men as they prepare for the Vietnam war and their eventual tour of Vietnam.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Tyrone Washington
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Billy Ray Pike
James Canning ...
Alvin Foster
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Vinnie Fazio
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Dave Bisbee
Scott Hylands ...
Captain Collins
James Whitmore Jr. ...
Lieutenant Archer
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Sergeant Curry
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Sergeant Loyce (as Lee Ermey)
Santos Morales ...
Sergeant Aquilla
Drew Michaels ...
Colonel Metcalfe
Karen Hilger ...
Betsy
Peggy O'Neal ...
Nancy Bisbee
Claude Wilson ...
Roy Foster
Chuck Doherty ...
George Pike
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This war drama (which prefigures the later "Full Metal Jacket") follows the lives of five young Marine inductees from their training in boot camp in 1967 through a tour in Vietnam in 1968 that quickly devolves into a hellish nightmare. Disheartened by futile combat, appalled by the corruption of their South Vietnamese ally, and constantly endangered by the incompetence of their own company commander, the young men find a possible way out of the war. They are told that if they can defeat a rival soccer team, they can spend the rest of their tour playing exhibition games behind the lines. But as they might have predicted, nothing in Vietnam is as simple as it seems. Written by Tom Hockersmith <teh@aristotle.net>

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To keep their sanity in an insane war, they had to be crazy.

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12 April 1978 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Os Rapazes da Companhia C  »

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Trivia

The original script was written by Rick Natkin for a film class at Yale University in 1973. See more »

Goofs

On the march to graduation, the platoon is wearing long sleeve khaki shirts and field scarves. During the ceremony they have somehow changed into short sleeve shirts (minus the field scarves) See more »

Quotes

Washington: Pike! You fuckin' with pills again!... I fuckin' told your ass I don't want a junkie on my back... didn't I? !
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Connections

Referenced in Small Change (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Here I Am
Words & Music by Craig Wasson
Performed by Craig Wasson (uncredited)
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Follow a group of men from boot camp to the vicious realities of war
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Never had there been a film that captured so well the bonds of men in war. The relationships that develop seem completely natural and in no way forced by writing.

This movie accurately depicts the struggles that face all men in grave situations, with and without friends at their sides.


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