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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

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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
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Signalman Toffee
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Gen. Harnitz
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Col. Minh
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The Old Man
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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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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 »

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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 »

Quotes

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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A gripping movie about the futility of war.
5 January 2000 | by (Cameron Park.CA) – See all my reviews

This movie is one of the overlooked war movies. It tells a powerful story about how history repeats itself. The Americans find themselves falling into the same trap that the French fell into just a few years earlier. Their fears would be well founded in just a few brief years.

Burt Lancaster was great as the beleagured American Major. His fate at the end of the movie is one that every combat soldier must surely dread.

Taut direction, combined with a strong supporting cast and a literate plot makes this a must see for fans of the war movie genre. I would put it right up there with Platoon and Saving Private Ryan. A strong 3 1\2 stars.


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