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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Tyrone Washington
... Billy Ray Pike
... Alvin Foster
... Vinnie Fazio
... Dave Bisbee
... Capt. Collins
James Whitmore Jr. ... Lt. Archer
... Sgt. Curry
... Sgt. Loyce (as Lee Ermey)
Santos Morales ... Sgt. Aquilla
Drew Michaels ... Col. Metcalfe
Karen Hilger ... Betsy
Peggy O'Neal ... Nancy Bisbee
Claude Wilson ... Roy Foster
Chuck Doherty ... George Pike
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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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You may want to forget the war. But you'll never forget... The Boys in Company C. See more »

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The original release contained the following epilogue before the end credits : "Of the 110 original members of Company C,43 were killed in action, including Tyrone Washington, who was awarded the Navy Cross. 51 were wounded, among them Vinnie Fazio, who is permanently confined to the VA Hospital, Brentwood, Los Angeles, California. Lieutenant Archer and 2 others are still listed as MIA (Missing In Action). Billy Ray Pike, one of 3 deserters, left the US Naval Hospital in Da Nang and made his way to Canada, where he now lives with his wife and son. On 21 March, 1968, a replacement company airlifted from Camp Pendleton, California, relieved what was left of Company C, which then officially ceased to exist as an active unit in the United States Marine Corps." For some reason this has been removed from the VHS and DVD versions. See more »

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Throughout the movie 105 MM Howitzers are used for fire support artillery. They are obviously are firing blanks as the barrel does not recoil when fired. See more »

Quotes

Washington: Pike! You fuckin' with pills again!... I fuckin' told your ass I don't want a junkie on my back... didn't I? !
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Referenced in Small Change (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Here I Am
Words & Music by Craig Wasson
Performed by Craig Wasson (uncredited)
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20 May 2002 | by See 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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