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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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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
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Cpl. Abraham Lincoln
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Lt. Finley Wattsberg
Evan C. Kim ...
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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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Skirmishes, Ambushes And Boobytraps Explode Into The Most Savage War That Ever Scorched A Land See more »

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1 September 1978 (USA)  »

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Die letzte Schlacht  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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The number of French soldiers in the graveyard was 302. The war that these troopers had died in was the First Indochina War. See more »

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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 »

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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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Featured in Hollywood Vietnam (2005) See more »

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Great Film
10 February 1999 | by (los angeles) – See all my reviews

This is a relatively unknown film on the subject of Vietnam, but it is probably the best film made on the subject. The 70s and 80s genre Vietnam films are more pop culture than anything else. Such films undermine the view of an entire society as to the nature of the difficult job performed by the american fighting man in Vietnam. Go tell the Spartans is a really honest and straightforward film with some interesting dialogue, particularly on the part of Burt Lancaster, who is really a top-notch actor. His performance gives the film a serious and credible tone. The movie is about heroism and sacrifice. It is also about the absurd nature of war in general, not to mean that there isn't quite often a higher and moral purpose which is ironically served by war. Naturally, there will always be those to condemn a film. Go Tell The Spartans is very unique among films on Vietnam and war in general. It is not in the least bit campy, thanks to Lancaster. The no-name cast really prevents this film from descending into celebrity persona and reinforces the actual and intended nature of the films characters. The film's somewhat tragic conclusion honors the memory of those brave Americans who died fighting in Vietnam in a very poignant and serious way; it does not make our fighting men into misfits or lunatics, just ordinary Americans who had a rough task handed to them and not always willingly but nevertheless carried out faithfully and honorably.


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