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Go Tell the Spartans (1978)

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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
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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 Toffer
Dolph Sweet ...
Gen. Harnitz
Col. Minh
The Old Man
Denice Kumagai ...
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 <>

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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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One of two Vietnam war movies that actor Craig Wasson starred in during 1978. The other was The Boys in Company C (1978). See more »


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 »


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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An excellent film spotlighting early American "advisory" to South Vietnam up to 1964.
20 February 2001 | by (Metro-Detroit, Michigan, USA) – See all my reviews

To anyone who has studied Vietnam, Go Tell The Spartans portrays it quite accurately. From the weapons of the era, the general disdain of some officers over our involvement, to the psychological effects on the soldiers themselves, this movie succeeds in each department. Burt Lancaster does an excellent job of portraying the hard-boiled Major Barker, and is backed by a fine cast. All the facets of the soldiers are portrayed, though often through amplified stereotypes, giving the viewer a feel for what made the soldiers tick. Drug use, libido, cowardess, heroism, concern, hatred, each of these traits find themselves embodied in one of the characters.

This isn't a feel-good film, but it did provide a few chuckles here and there. And although it doesn't come close to informing the viewer about what Vietnam was like, it tries admirably.

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