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The Tribe (1970)

Tribes (original title)
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.

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

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tribes See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

It was also named "Tribes" when it aired on HBO. See more »

Goofs

In an early scene in his office, Drake's pencil drawing of the dove is smooth in one shot, then suddenly appears crumpled in the very next shot. 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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Referenced in Full Metal Jacket (1987) See more »

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Tribes
Words and Music by Marty Cooper
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Enjoyable twist on military basic training movie
21 November 1998 | by BejtlichSee all my reviews

I am an Air Force officer. I appreciated this movie's adherence to depicting basic training in a fairly accurate light. Placed in the context of early 1970's America, "Tribes" strikes a realistic balance between "hippie culture" and military regimentation. I partly expected the movie to take a sappy turn, whereby the entire platoon converted to flower-power and refused to fight. Thankfully, the ending is far more original, although saddening.

Jan-Michael Vincent acted superbly. Besides the classic 1980s Airwolf TV series, I was never really impressed by his acting ability, until now. Darren McGavin of "The Christmas Story" fame was excellent also, and the two interacted well on screen.

This movie is a fun Saturday afternoon commentary on the tension between the desensitization of military training and the desire to preserve individual values. I voted a 9 out of 10.

Richard Bejtlich


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