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The Boys in Company C (1978)

R  |   |  Drama, War  |  12 April 1978 (Denmark)
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Follows a group of men as they prepare for the Vietnam war and their eventual tour of Vietnam.

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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
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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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Os Rapazes da Companhia C  »

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First of five Vietnam War cinema movies made between the late 1970s and late 1980s that featured actor R. Lee Ermey. The films include Purple Hearts (1984), Apocalypse Now (1979), Full Metal Jacket (1987) The Boys in Company C (1978) and The Siege of Firebase Gloria (1989). See more »

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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

Pvt. Billy Ray Pike: Yeah,well the Captain gave me these, god damnit, cuz my fuckin' foot hurts... all right!... and he also said I don't have to be in your shit eatin' squad anymore.
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Referenced in Sidney J. Furie: Fire Up the Carousel! (2015) See more »

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Here I Am
Words & Music by Craig Wasson
Performed by Craig Wasson
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The original Full Metal Jacket
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This is one of my favorite movies. The film has a good storyline. Actor, Stan Shaw did an excellent job in his role as Tyrone Washington. He went on to perform another great acting job in "The Great Santini". The boot camp scenes where spot on authentic with the Drill Instructors. Reminded me of my bootcamp when I entered the Air Force. R Lee Emery does a great job in his first movie but my favorite drill instructor in the film is the Puerto Rican Gunney that rips the new recruits a new one. Amazingly, a lot of people don't know about this film. In my view, it's one of the most entertaining military/Viet Nam movies that have ever been made. Great movie!


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