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Go Tell the Spartans (1978)

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Maj. Asa Barker
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Cpl. Stephen Courcey
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Sgt. Oleonowski
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Capt. Alfred Olivetti
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Lt. Raymond Hamilton
Dennis Howard ...
Cpl. Abraham Lincoln
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Lt. Finley Wattsberg
Evan C. Kim ...
Cowboy (as Evan Kim)
John Megna ...
Cpl. Ackley
Hilly Hicks ...
Signalman Toffee
Dolph Sweet ...
Gen. Harnitz
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Col. Minh
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The Old Man
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Butterfly
Tad Horino ...
One-eyed man
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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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We're getting strafed, shelled, bombed and blasted. And it isn't even our damned war! See more »

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Action | Drama | War

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1 September 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die letzte Schlacht  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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The title comes from Simonides of Ceos' Epitaph, a quote by Herodotus, the Greek historian, about the famous Battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C. Greece. 300 Spartan soldiers held a mountain pass against the entire Persian army; they all gave their lives, but the delay allowed Greece to prepare for their victory at Salamis. The epitaph of the Spartan soldiers reads "Stranger, go tell the Spartans that here we are buried, obedient to their orders." See more »

Goofs

At the very beginning of the movie during the credits and the overview of the camp and right after the title shot, if you look in the far background at the top of the scene you can see what looks like traffic and cars passing by. See more »

Quotes

Cpl. Courcey: I am your friend. I have chocolate.
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Featured in Hollywood Vietnam (2005) See more »

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An excellent film spotlighting early American "advisory" to South Vietnam up to 1964.
20 February 2001 | by (Metro-Detroit, Michigan, USA) – See all my reviews

To anyone who has studied Vietnam, Go Tell The Spartans portrays it quite accurately. From the weapons of the era, the general disdain of some officers over our involvement, to the psychological effects on the soldiers themselves, this movie succeeds in each department. Burt Lancaster does an excellent job of portraying the hard-boiled Major Barker, and is backed by a fine cast. All the facets of the soldiers are portrayed, though often through amplified stereotypes, giving the viewer a feel for what made the soldiers tick. Drug use, libido, cowardess, heroism, concern, hatred, each of these traits find themselves embodied in one of the characters.

This isn't a feel-good film, but it did provide a few chuckles here and there. And although it doesn't come close to informing the viewer about what Vietnam was like, it tries admirably.


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