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The Boys in Company C (1978)

Follows a group of men as they prepare for the Vietnam war and their eventual tour of Vietnam.

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Cast

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
Scott Hylands ...
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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Storyline

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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Trivia

R. Lee Ermey was completely unaware that Stan Shaw had a switch blade in his shirt pocket in the recruit receiving area. When Stan Shaw pulls the knife out we are seeing R. Lee Ermey's actual reaction. See more »

Goofs

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

Sergeant Curry: Washington checked his package, The boys checked their package, And I'm checkin' my package. Now, you little wheyfaced, disloyal bum, are you checkin' your package or do you have a package?
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Connections

Referenced in The Incredible Hulk: Terror in Times Square (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Here I Am
Words & Music by Craig Wasson
Performed by Craig Wasson (uncredited)
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The original Full Metal Jacket
6 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

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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