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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 ...
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Lt. Finley Wattsberg
Evan C. Kim ...
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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 ...
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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Skirmishes, Ambushes And Boobytraps Explode Into The Most Savage War That Ever Scorched A Land See more »

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MAAG stands for Military Assistance Advisory Group. See more »

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During the beginning of the movie, when the XO is showing Major Barker a map of MukWa, a microphone boom briefly appears at the bottom between them. See more »

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Maj. Asa Barker: Never in the U.S. have we asked for anything back. It would screw up the bookkeeping.
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10 February 1999 | by (los angeles) – See all my reviews

This is a relatively unknown film on the subject of Vietnam, but it is probably the best film made on the subject. The 70s and 80s genre Vietnam films are more pop culture than anything else. Such films undermine the view of an entire society as to the nature of the difficult job performed by the american fighting man in Vietnam. Go tell the Spartans is a really honest and straightforward film with some interesting dialogue, particularly on the part of Burt Lancaster, who is really a top-notch actor. His performance gives the film a serious and credible tone. The movie is about heroism and sacrifice. It is also about the absurd nature of war in general, not to mean that there isn't quite often a higher and moral purpose which is ironically served by war. Naturally, there will always be those to condemn a film. Go Tell The Spartans is very unique among films on Vietnam and war in general. It is not in the least bit campy, thanks to Lancaster. The no-name cast really prevents this film from descending into celebrity persona and reinforces the actual and intended nature of the films characters. The film's somewhat tragic conclusion honors the memory of those brave Americans who died fighting in Vietnam in a very poignant and serious way; it does not make our fighting men into misfits or lunatics, just ordinary Americans who had a rough task handed to them and not always willingly but nevertheless carried out faithfully and honorably.


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