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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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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1 September 1978 (USA)  »

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Die letzte Schlacht  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Daniel Ford wrote the movie's source novel based on his experiences covering Vietnam in 1964 for "The Nation", one of forty was correspondents. Ford was part of a Special Forces "A" Team. The assignment he followed was code-named "Operation Blaze". See more »

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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 »

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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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