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Tribes (1970)

A Marine Corps drill instructor who is disgusted by the fact that the Corps now accepts draftees finds himself pitted against a hippie who has been drafted but refuses to accept the military's way of doing things.

Director:

Joseph Sargent
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Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Darren McGavin ... Drake
Earl Holliman ... DePayster
Jan-Michael Vincent ... Adrian
John Gruber John Gruber ... Quentin
Danny Goldman Danny Goldman ... Sidney
Richard Yniguez ... Sanchez
Antone Curtis Antone Curtis ... Marcellus
Peter Hooten ... Scrunch
David Buchanan David Buchanan ... Armstrong
Ric Weaver Ric Weaver ... Morton
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Storyline

Among the new recruits in a U.S. Marine basic-training platoon is Adrian, a long-haired member of the hippie generation, opposed to blind allegiance to authority and the complete opposite of Gunnery Sergeant Tom Drake, who is assigned as Drill Instructor for Adrian's platoon. Drake's job as a D.I. is to break down the individuality of his recruits in order to rebuild them as a military unit, and he sets out to break Adrian's particularly contrary spirit. But Adrian's gentle will is difficult to break, and eventually both men come to learn something about what the other has to offer. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Taglines:

WANTED by the US Marines: for AWOL, insubordination . . . and doing his thing!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Je kan verrekken See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

For what it's worth, the Marine Corps approved of this movie, part of their new lenient image no doubt. See more »

Goofs

As Adrian and Drake leave the bus station, a light is reflected in the door. See more »

Quotes

DePayster: What kind of flower are you, boy? Are you a sweet pea, boy? Are you a sweet pea?
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Connections

Referenced in Full Metal Jacket (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Tribes
Words and Music by Marty Cooper
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An excellent TV film
9 May 2005 | by chris-636See all my reviews

I was a mere 12 years old when I first viewed this film back in 1970 and I loved it. It now reminds me of a future "Full Metal Jacket" without the profanity and violence that that film carried some 17 years later. All the performers, Vincent, McGavin and Holliman were simply all superb. Being a retired military man now, I can highly appreciate military films and "Tribes" will always be amongst those that stand out. This was one truly superb film and I highly recommend it. Although Vincent went on to become a big star in major motion pictures and the TV series "Airwolf", it was shameful that his career was cut short due to his addiction to drugs and alcohol. Nevertheless, this film will always be a memorable one for me indeed. It would be interesting to have this film come out on DVD with comments from all three leading actors and the director.


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