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:
Tyrone Washington
Billy Ray Pike
James Canning ...
Alvin Foster
Vinnie Fazio
Dave Bisbee
Scott Hylands ...
Captain Collins
James Whitmore Jr. ...
Lieutenant Archer
Sergeant Curry
Sergeant Loyce (as Lee Ermey)
Santos Morales ...
Sergeant Aquilla
Drew Michaels ...
Colonel Metcalfe
Karen Hilger ...
Peggy O'Neal ...
Nancy Bisbee
Claude Wilson ...
Roy Foster
Chuck Doherty ...
George Pike


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 <>

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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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Alvin Foster is from Emporia, Kansas. In actuality, R. Lee Ermey was born in Emporia, Kansas. 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 »


SSgt. Loyce: Move it up until the private in front of you smiles.
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Referenced in Sidney J. Furie: Fire Up the Carousel! See more »


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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