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Go Tell the Spartans (1978)

 -  Drama | War  -  1 September 1978 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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
Hilly Hicks ...
Signalman Toffer
Dolph Sweet ...
Gen. Harnitz
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Col. Minh
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The Old Man
Denice Kumagai ...
Butterfly
Tad Horino ...
One-eyed man
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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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This film's opening prologue states: "In 1954, the French lost their war to keep their Indo-China colonies and those colonies became North and South Vietnam. Then the North aided a rebellion in the South and the United States sent in 'Military Advisors' to help South Vietnam fight the Communists. In 1964, the war in Vietnam was still a little one -- confused and far away". See more »

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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 »

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Maj. Asa Barker: Never in the U.S. have we asked for anything back. It would screw up the bookkeeping.
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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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