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Go Tell the Spartans (1978)

R | | Drama, War | 1 September 1978 (USA)
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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Lt. Raymond Hamilton
Dennis Howard ...
Cpl. Abraham Lincoln
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Butterfly
Tad Horino ...
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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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Die letzte Schlacht  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Scriptwriter Wendell Mayes acquired the screen rights to Daniel Ford's novel "Incident at Muc Wa" in 1970 and changed the title to "Go Tell the Spartans" for the screenplay. After the one-year option expired, Mayes negotiated an annual renewal option with Ford, which Mayes regularly extended every year until the picture got made. Mayes shopped the script around the Hollywood major studios for a number of years with a number of seasoned A-list actors offered the the lead role of Major Asa Barker. 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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Featured in Hollywood Vietnam (2005) See more »

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Tells it like it was, not Rambo, just real.
9 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is the absolute best movie about the first five years (1959-1964) of the American involvement in Viet Nam ever made. If you want excitement and fiction, watch Rambo or Chuck Norris. If you want to see how it was (or as close as Hollywood gets to it), watch Go Tell the Spartans. People should understand that most war involvement consists largely of waiting and fighting - often a lot more waiting than fighting...


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