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Roscoe Lee Browne
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
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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 »
[to a wounded, one-eyed Viet Cong scout]
I'm going home, Charlie... if they'll let me.
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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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