Go Tell the Spartans (1978)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, War  |  1 September 1978 (USA)
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During the early 1960s, U.S. military advisers in South Vietnam discover the same challenges that plagued the French army in Indochina ten years prior.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maj. Asa Barker
Cpl. Stephen Courcey
Sgt. Oleonowski
Capt. Alfred Olivetti
Lt. Raymond Hamilton
Dennis Howard ...
Cpl. Abraham Lincoln
Lt. Finley Wattsberg
Evan C. Kim ...
Cowboy (as Evan Kim)
John Megna ...
Cpl. Ackley
Hilly Hicks ...
Signalman Toffer
Dolph Sweet ...
Gen. Harnitz
Col. Minh
The Old Man
Denice Kumagai ...
Tad Horino ...
One-eyed man


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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We're getting strafed, shelled, bombed and blasted. And it isn't even our damned war! See more »


Action | Drama | War


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Release Date:

1 September 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die letzte Schlacht  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Daniel Ford wrote the movie's source novel based on his experiences covering Vietnam in 1964 for "The Nation", one of forty was correspondents. Ford was part of a Special Forces "A" Team. The assignment he followed was code-named "Operation Blaze". See more »


Many of the American soldiers, especially Corporal Coucey and the executive officer, have hair styles that are much longer than allowed by Army regulations. See more »


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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Featured in Hollywood Vietnam (2005) See more »

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I was there - this one is real.
1 August 1999 | by (East Glacier Park, Montana) – See all my reviews

There has been criticism of this movie as being dull and unrealistic (probably from someone who wasn't even born before the events depicted in the movie). Believe this: it shows things pretty much as they happened. Lancaster was never better. I recommend it without reservation.

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