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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

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Tyrone Washington
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Billy Ray Pike
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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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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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Drama | War

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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

Only recruits from west of the Mississippi are sent to boot camp in San Diego. Washington (Chicago) and Fazio (Brooklyn) would have gone to Parris Island. See more »

Quotes

Washington: Pike! You fuckin' with pills again!... I fuckin' told your ass I don't want a junkie on my back... didn't I? !
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Connections

Referenced in Small Change (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Here I Am
Words & Music by Craig Wasson
Performed by Craig Wasson (uncredited)
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Golden Harvest presents...
3 July 2004 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

The Boys in Company C (1978) was a movie that follows the recruits from Company C. Golden Harvest known for their Bruce Lee films and Jackie Chan productions made several films that were targeted for a world wide audience. One of them was this film. A very good film about the war in Viet-Nam that's is sadly over looked by other films such as Apocalypse Now, Platoon and Full Metal Jacket. Shot in the Phillipines and filled with many minor stars (with the exception of the great R. Lee Ermey) this one has an aura of realism (i.e the real Drill Instructors and boot camp scenes).

I liked this movie very much. Too bad it has never been restored to it's original wide screen aspect for maximum entertainment. If this were available on D.V.D. I would call this one a keeper.

Highly recommended.


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