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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lawrence Day ...
Lieutenant Young
Luis Manuel ...
Stess
Thomas M. Pollard ...
Flak
Christopher Muncke ...
Captain Hansen
Daniel Foley ...
Orvil
Gerramy Quarto ...
Johnson
George Gabriel ...
Burns
Steve Ballantine ...
Peters
Earl Rhodes ...
Weaver
Edward Wylie ...
Riley
Tony Hiew ...
Scott
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Jamieson (as Billy Fellows)
Mel Taylor ...
Batchelor
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Strickner (as Bill Campbell)
Richard Speight ...
Parks
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A squad of young fresh American soldiers are sent to Vietnam. Immediately upon their arrival, they are sent on a very hazardous mission into the jungle losing a couple of them on the way. As soon as they return to camp they have no time to rest and are sent out again on a long jaunt to destroy a V.C. village. After destroying the village they embark on the journey back to camp. Written by <dave.sherry@epson-telford-ltd.co.uk>

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During the swinging 60's a forgotten few walked into hell...

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16 July 1982 (West Germany)  »

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"We need to get our body count higher than theirs!"
30 November 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Filmed in England with English actors I believe, this film manages to convey the confusion and grim reality of jungle warfare and is well worth tracking down.

Captain Hansen insists on his platoon heading into the jungle every day to take on the VC, even though most days the platoon ends up carrying body bags back to the camp. He's had word that a VC village holds a large arms cache and doubles up the effort in finding the weapons. That's all good for him though, as he gets to sit back in camp, smoking cigars.

It's up to Lt. Johnson and his men to take on the task, but his soldiers are either battle fatigued or fresh meat sent to replace the dead G.Is. What ensues is a running battle through the jungle which takes up most of the film as the remainder of the platoon find themselves up against an entire battalion of VC. And it's grim, depressing stuff.

How Sleep the Brave is also extremely violent. Stomachs are blown out, people are graphically blown up or stabbed and one poor guy gets an arrow through his neck. I didn't have a problem with the acting at all, and although the budget shows, I think the film was pretty close to depicting war in the jungle. Put it this way: I enjoyed this a lot more than I enjoyed the Deer Hunter.

It looked like my copy (by the defunct 23rd Century label) was widescreen too - a bit washed out, but good enough. Recommended.


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