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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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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 ...
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Cpl. Ackley
Hilly Hicks ...
Signalman Toffer
Dolph Sweet ...
Gen. Harnitz
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Col. Minh
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The Old Man
Denice Kumagai ...
Butterfly
Tad Horino ...
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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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Die letzte Schlacht  »

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'Amapola' is the Spanish word for poppy, and used in the film as slang for opium. See more »

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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 »

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Cpl. Courcey: [to a wounded, one-eyed Viet Cong scout] I'm going home, Charlie... if they'll let me.
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A movie that shows the real Vietnam (not Hollywoods version)
17 October 2001 | by (England) – See all my reviews

According to people who were actually in Vietnam in the early days this is a very accurate portrayal of how it was.

I liked it a lot and reading the majority of other reviews I think most reviewers who seem to have some sort of experience in Vietnam and know what they are talking about found it not only to be an accurate and honest portrayal but also a darn good movie to boot.

War movies are so often full of shabby jingoistic claptrap it is a refreshing change to find one that has a strong dose of realism and also some ironic humourous touches as well as being a history lesson.

Let the Rambo and Chuck Norris brigade look elsewhere but if you like real movies about real people don't miss this one.


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