Impressive performance by unknown actors in this low-budget Vietnam drama. The story is being told in the form of a documentary; a camera team follows an Army unit in pursuit of 'Charlie'. ... See full summary »
Patrick Sheane Duncan
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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Alvin Foster is from Emporia, Kansas. In actuality, R. Lee Ermey was born in Emporia, Kansas. See more »
When Washington calls in the fake incident report from OP 4 and is getting ready to shoot the Captain with the .50 cal, Lt. Archer uses his M-16 to push the barrel of the .50 up in the air. In the shots looking at Lt. Archer, there is no magazine in the M-16, but, when his back is to the camera, there is a magazine in place. See more »
Sergeant stripes they give him class...
The Boys of Company C:
He just likes to kick our ass!
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I guess if you took this movie literally then you would feel that it is a stupid war movie. However, if you saw that the Generals represented a bureaucracy focused more on statistical body counts than what was actually happening on the ground you would see that this film had a good message to it. This was by no means a great film, but it was a very good film. Basically, the film shows how the men on the ground genuinely wanted to help the people in country and also wanted to get out alive. This film, like Apocalypse Now and Catch 22, show the double edged sword of war in the name of peace.
And as to the "civilians might like this film" comment above, well, I'm a United States Army Veteran and I liked it.
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