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 <email@example.com>
We're getting strafed, shelled, bombed and blasted. And it isn't even our damned war!
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'Amapola' is the Spanish word for poppy, and used in the film as slang for opium. See more
Burt Lancaster (Maj Barker) was about 64 years old when this movie was made. No real Army major would be able to stay in the service until that advanced age. He would have been retired at a much younger age as a result of being continually passed over for promotion, as Major Barker had been. See more
[to a wounded, one-eyed Viet Cong scout
I'm going home, Charlie... if they'll let me.
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