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
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To keep their sanity in an insane war, they had to be crazy.
Did You Know?
The original script was written by Rick Natkin
for a film class at Yale University in 1973. See more
DI SSgt Loyce (played by Lee Ermey) picks up the platoon of recruits at receiving as a Sgt, but is later seen as a SSgt with no explanation as to why or when he was promoted. See more
Sergeant stripes they give him class...
The Boys of Company C
He just likes to kick our ass!
Here I Am
Words & Music by Craig Wasson
Performed by Craig Wasson See more