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The Boys in Company C (1978)

R | | Drama, War | 2 March 1978 (UK)
In 1967, five young men undergo boot camp training before being shipped out to Vietnam. Once they get there, the experience proves worse than they could have imagined.


Sidney J. Furie
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Stan Shaw ... Tyrone Washington
Andrew Stevens ... Billy Ray Pike
James Canning ... Alvin Foster
Michael Lembeck ... Vinnie Fazio
Craig Wasson ... Dave Bisbee
Scott Hylands ... Capt. Collins
James Whitmore Jr. James Whitmore Jr. ... Lt. Archer
Noble Willingham ... Sgt. Curry
R. Lee Ermey ... Sgt. Loyce (as Lee Ermey)
Santos Morales Santos Morales ... Sgt. Aquilla
Drew Michaels Drew Michaels ... Col. Metcalfe
Karen Hilger Karen Hilger ... Betsy
Peggy Neal Peggy Neal ... Nancy Bisbee (as Peggy O'Neal)
Claude Wilson Claude Wilson ... Roy Foster
Chuck Doherty Chuck Doherty ... George Pike


This war drama (which prefigures the later "Full Metal Jacket") follows the lives of five young Marine inductees from their training in boot camp in 1967 through a tour in Vietnam in 1968 that quickly devolves into a hellish nightmare. Disheartened by futile combat, appalled by the corruption of their South Vietnamese ally, and constantly endangered by the incompetence of their own company commander, the young men find a possible way out of the war. They are told that if they can defeat a rival soccer team, they can spend the rest of their tour playing exhibition games behind the lines. But as they might have predicted, nothing in Vietnam is as simple as it seems. Written by Tom Hockersmith <teh@aristotle.net>

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To keep their sanity in an insane war, they had to be crazy. See more »


Drama | War


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The original script was written by Rick Natkin for a film class at Yale University in 1973. See more »


The Ford troop trucks they are riding in right after they arrive in Vietnam are 1973-74 models. See more »


SSgt. Aquilla: [the Boys have just arrived for Boot Camp] Hey goddamnit! You with the pretty face! What the hell are you spitting on the ground for, what is that shit in your mouth?
Pvt. Billy Ray Pike: Chewing tobacco sir.
SSgt. Aquilla: Its what?
Pvt. Billy Ray Pike: Chewing tobacco sir!
SSgt. Aquilla: What the hell are you chewing tobacco for!
Pvt. Billy Ray Pike: I chew when I play baseball sir!
SSgt. Aquilla: Does this look like a baseball stadium to you!
Pvt. Billy Ray Pike: No Sir it doesn't.
SSgt. Aquilla: Then what the hell are you chewing tobacco for? Did you get on the wrong fucking train, or did they draft you!
Pvt. Billy Ray Pike: I enlisted Sir!
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Featured in Hollywood Vietnam (2005) See more »


Here I Am
Words & Music by Craig Wasson
Performed by Craig Wasson (uncredited)
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Worth seeing
20 May 2002 | by jddreyerSee all my reviews

An interesting war film that is mostly overlooked by Full Metal Jacket fans. Stan Shaw gives a good performance that when I which makes me wonder we he hasn't had a bigger career.

This movie shares the soccer connection with the Caine/Stallone movie "Victory" (1981/I). I actually think the soccer scenes were better done in Company C.

Nonetheless this movie is an interesting choice which any war movie buff should not miss...

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2 March 1978 (UK) See more »

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Manila, Philippines See more »

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