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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 overview, first billed only:
Maj. Asa Barker
Cpl. Stephen Courcey
Sgt. Oleonowski
Capt. Alfred Olivetti
Lt. Raymond Hamilton
Dennis Howard ...
Cpl. Abraham Lincoln
Lt. Finley Wattsberg
Evan C. Kim ...
Cowboy (as Evan Kim)
John Megna ...
Cpl. Ackley
Hilly Hicks ...
Signalman Toffee
Dolph Sweet ...
Gen. Harnitz
Col. Minh
The Old Man
Tad Horino ...
One-eyed man


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Skirmishes, Ambushes And Boobytraps Explode Into The Most Savage War That Ever Scorched A Land See more »


Action | Drama | War


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Release Date:

1 September 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die letzte Schlacht  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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The south Vietnamese general's building shown about halfway into the movie is actually Throop Hall, which was located on the campus of Caltech in Pasadena, California. Visible in the foreground is Millikan pond and the bridge that both still exist. Throop Hall was torn down in 1971, so this image must have been file footage that was spliced into the movie, since the movie is copyrighted 1977. See more »


At the very beginning of the movie during the credits and the overview of the camp and right after the title shot, if you look in the far background at the top of the scene you can see what looks like traffic and cars passing by. See more »


Lt. Finley Wattsberg: Be careful, sir!
Maj. Asa Barker: Wattsberg, do you love your commanding officer?
Lt. Finley Wattsberg: Well... yes, sir.
Maj. Asa Barker: That's fine, because I love you, too.
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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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