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Go Tell the Spartans (1978)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, War  |  1 September 1978 (USA)
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A unit of American military advisors in Vietnam prior to the major U.S. involvement find similarities between their helpless struggle against the Viet Cong and the doomed actions of a ... See full summary »

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Maj. Asa Barker
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Cpl. Stephen Courcey
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Capt. Alfred Olivetti
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Cpl. Abraham Lincoln
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Lt. Finley Wattsberg
Evan C. Kim ...
Cowboy (as Evan Kim)
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Signalman Toffer
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Gen. Harnitz
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Col. Minh
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The Old Man
Denice Kumagai ...
Butterfly
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A unit of American military advisors in Vietnam prior to the major U.S. involvement find similarities between their helpless struggle against the Viet Cong and the doomed actions of a French unit at the same site a decade before in this bitter look at the beginnings of the Vietnam war. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Skirmishes, Ambushes And Boobytraps Explode Into The Most Savage War That Ever Scorched A Land See more »

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Evan C. Kim's character is only ever known as "Cowboy". See more »

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When Lt. Wattsberg walks into Major Barker's office to tell him that they got the air support they needed, Barker was reading a book called "Seven Firefights in Vietnam", which wasn't published until 1970. See more »

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Maj. Asa Barker: Are you sure we're not in a looney bin? Sometimes I think we're in a goddamn looney bin!
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25 March 2004 | by (Illinois) – See all my reviews

Because of the star power and emotional power of its contemporaries -- Coming Home,The Deer Hunter, and Apocalypse Now -- Go Tell the Spartans gets little recognition. But it is truly a hidden gem. Set early in the period of American involvement in Vietnam, it gives us a more realistic portrayal of the complexities and contradictions of that war. Burt Lancaster is superb as the dedicated, yet tortured, soldier who must try to deal with a situation that he increasingly recognizes as being, at best, untenable. This film is worthy of the kind of special treatment and commentary that accompanies the "special edition" releases of quality films on DVD. No serious examination of the portrayal of Vietnam War issues in American films can overlook Go Tell the Spartans.


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