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The Boys in Company C (1978)

 -  Drama | War  -  12 April 1978 (Denmark)
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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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12 April 1978 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Os Rapazes da Companhia C  »

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Rick Natkin:  The co-writer as a Soldier at Long Khe. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

SSgt. Aquilla: [the Boys have just arrived for Boot Camp] Hey goddamnit! You with the pretty face! What the hell are you spitting on the ground for, what is that shit in your mouth?
Pvt. Billy Ray Pike: Chewing tobacco sir.
SSgt. Aquilla: Its what?
Pvt. Billy Ray Pike: Chewing tobacco sir!
SSgt. Aquilla: What the hell are you chewing tobacco for!
Pvt. Billy Ray Pike: I chew when I play baseball sir!
SSgt. Aquilla: Does this look like a baseball stadium to you!
Pvt. Billy Ray Pike: No Sir it doesn't.
SSgt. Aquilla: Then what the hell are you chewing tobacco for? Did you get on the wrong fucking train, or did they draft you!
Pvt. Billy Ray Pike: I enlisted Sir!
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Here I Am
Words & Music by Craig Wasson
Performed by Craig Wasson
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The BEST 'Nam movie made yet!
21 January 2002 | by (South Mountain, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

This is easily far and away the BEST movie made about the war. It is very VERY realistic, yet also points out the absurdity of how the war was fought to keep Dow Chemical and Colt Firearms in business. I was there for 18 months and believed in what I was doing, but we were sold out by the Government and Big Business and were sacrificed for a nation that didn't care about us, or even want to know what we were doing, for the most part. It also shows how very different types of people can change in their attitudes, like how Tyrone goes over a mercenary type, and comes to like and even respect his fellow jar-heads and dislike his old way of thinking. All in all, it's a great flick, and when the He** is it coming out on DVD?????????????????????? My VHS copy is falling apart! C'mon, Hollywood, put out a GOOD film for a change!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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