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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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Storyline

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 Drill Instructor Sergeant Loyce, is played by R. Lee Ermey, who was actually a Marine Corps Drill Instructor from 1965-68. See more »

Goofs

Only recruits from west of the Mississippi are sent to boot camp in San Diego. Washington (Chicago) and Fazio (Brooklyn) would have gone to Parris Island. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant Curry: [after Pike disobeys the Captain's order and scores a goal against the South Vietnamese team] You beautiful disloyal fuck, you!
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Connections

Referenced in The Incredible Hulk: Terror in Times Square (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Here I Am
Words & Music by Craig Wasson
Performed by Craig Wasson (uncredited)
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One of the best war films ever.
18 March 2003 | by (Torrance, California, USA) – See all my reviews

I have seen comments that this movie doesn't show the Vietnam war the way it was. I strongly disagree -- I think this movie tells it like it was: A war of politics, greed, drug abuse, and general mayhem. My only gripe regarding this movie is the short sightedness of the company that owns the rights not to release it on DVD, and a special remastered DTS/Dolby Digital version at that.


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