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 <email@example.com>
We're getting strafed, shelled, bombed and blasted. And it isn't even our damned war!
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Did You Know?
Major Asa Barker (Burt Lancaster
) limps throughout this movie because Lancaster was recovering from a real-life injury to his knee. It was actually the second movie where Lancaster's knee problems had an effect on a movie's characterization. On The Train
(1964), Lancaster took a day off during filming to play golf half way through the shoot. On the links he stepped in a hole and re-aggravated an old knee injury. In order to compensate for the injury, John Frankenheimer
had Lancaster's character shot in the leg, thus enabling him to limp through the rest of the shooting. See more
When Lt. Wattsberg walks into Major Barker's office to tell him that they got the air support they needed, Barker was reading a book called "Seven Firefights in Vietnam", which wasn't published until 1970. See more
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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