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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 follows the lives of five young marine recruits 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


R | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Alvin Foster is from Emporia, KS. In actuality, R. Lee Ermey was born in Emporia. See more »


On the march to graduation, the platoon is wearing long sleeve khaki shirts and field scarves. During the ceremony they have somehow changed into short sleeve shirts (minus the field scarves) See more »


Sgt. Aquilla: Everyone, grab your balls! Grab them! Do they feel good to you?
The Boys In Company C: Yes sir!
Sgt. Aquilla: Do you want to keep them?
The Boys In Company C: Yes sir!
Sgt. Aquilla: Do you think your girlfriend is going to love you any more if you come home without them?
The Boys In Company C: No sir!
Sgt. Aquilla: Then you better start fucking listening to your drill instructors! We are trying to help you keep them!
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Referenced in The Incredible Hulk: Terror in Times Square (1978) See more »


Here I Am
Words & Music by Craig Wasson
Performed by Craig Wasson (uncredited)
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My brief review of the film
10 January 2006 | by sol-See all my reviews

Even though the low budget of this film shows through at times, it still manages to be a compelling and intense portrayal of the whole experience of being sent to Vietnam, right from boot camp up to fighting. It really feels like one is there is at times, and it is fascinating to watch the changes that characters undergo in the course of the film. The symbolic soccer themes and ideas do not always work, but they still retain some power. The camera-work and editing suits the project fine, and the film also has an excellent, haunting song, "Here I Am", to go with the material. It is quite similar in many ways to 'Full Metal Jacket', and even though the technical side and acting might be inferior here, this is still one hell of a fine movie depicting the experiences of being involved in war from a recruit's point of view.

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2 March 1978 (UK) See more »

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Manila, Philippines See more »

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