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The Boys in Company C (1978)

In 1967, five young men undergo boot camp training before being shipped out to Vietnam. Once they get there, the experience proves worse than they could have imagined.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dave Bisbee
James Whitmore Jr. ...
Sgt. Loyce (as Lee Ermey)
Santos Morales ...
Drew Michaels ...
Col. 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 <teh@aristotle.net>

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To keep their sanity in an insane war, they had to be crazy.


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Release Date:

12 April 1978 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Os Rapazes da Companhia C  »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The word "fuck" and all permutations of it are used 112 times. This film, along with Blue Collar (1978), which was released the same year and month, were the first two films to contain more than 100 uses of the word. See more »


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 »


SSgt. Loyce: Jesus, how the hell do they expect me to train fuckin' marines when they won't even send me human god-damn beings to start with?
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Referenced in Sidney J. Furie: Fire Up the Carousel! (2018) See more »


Here I Am
Words & Music by Craig Wasson
Performed by Craig Wasson (uncredited)
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I was an 8 year veteran and had been in a scuffle or two.
15 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

Having been in the military, this was one of the most true to life movies of military boot camp and life in Vietnam. Mr. Ermey, although I had never known him personally, portrayed the D.I. splendidly and must have been an outstanding D.I. in real life for the Marines.

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