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Go Tell the Spartans (1978)

 -  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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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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William Holden turned down the lead role. Robert Mitchum and Paul Newman were also offered the part. The central character of Major Asa Barker was in the end cast with Burt Lancaster. See more »

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Major Barker tells his executive officer that he served in Korea during the Korean War, yet he wears no Combat Infantryman's Badge. He would have earned a CIB for his infantry service during that earlier war. 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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A fine portrayal of the absurdities of Vietnam.
30 August 1999 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Burt Lancaster turns in a fine performance as a US military advisor who has doubts about the wisdom of the war America is about to embark upon. GO TELL THE SPARTANS looks at Vietnam in 1964, before the conflict there was thoroughly Americanized. It is not your typical glossy, overproduced Hollywood action extravaganza. Nor is it overly laden with patriotic sentimentality. It is, rather, a compelling exploration of the hubris and naivete that shaped the American war effort.


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