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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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Sidney J. Furie
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Cast

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 O'Neal Peggy O'Neal ... Nancy Bisbee
Claude Wilson Claude Wilson ... Roy Foster
Chuck Doherty 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 »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

Hong Kong | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 1978 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Os Rapazes da Companhia C See more »

Filming Locations:

Philippines

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

First of two Vietnam War films that director Sidney J. Furie co-wrote and directed in a six-year period. He also directed another many years later, The Veteran (2006), which was a made-for-TV film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Washington: Sergeant Loyce don't give a damn!
The Boys of Company C: Shipped our ass to Vietnam!
Washington: Good Marines they never die!
The Boys of Company C: When they're hit they never cry!
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Referenced in Sidney J. Furie: Fire Up the Carousel! See more »

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Here I Am
Words & Music by Craig Wasson
Performed by Craig Wasson (uncredited)
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An early R. Lee
29 September 2003 | by dtucker86See all my reviews

This movie would be just a regular by the numbers movie about war, weather the Vietnam War or World War II. You have a bunch of stereotypical screw ups who get thrown into Marine boot camp during the Vietnam War. The film follows them thru boot camp to the hell of 'nam. These boys become men and it doesn't end happily for one of them. The scenes in boot camp are funny and also very realistic. This was the first film appearance of Lee Ermey as their drill instructor. His first words on screen are "I'm Sergeant Loyce I'm your drill instructor for the next two f@&%ing months maggots". He is really funny and theres a good scene where him and Stan Shaw have a blazing argument (although in real life you would be in the brig for talking to your DI like that). Thirty years ago drill instructors were allowed to be a lot rougher with privates then today and my favorite part is where this one DI grabs a daydreaming recruit by the....well watch it and see. Actually the DI Lee plays in this film is almost a nice guy compared to the one that he played in Full Metal Jacket. The scenes in Vietnam are handled as well, especially the ones showing the horrors of combat. They talk about the drug smuggling that went on and the film is unflinching in how it shows the machinations of the politicians who sent our men out into the field with one hand tied behind their backs. No one we suffered such a humiliating defeat. This film is gritty, vulgar and unsentimental but it is a true story we must not forget about a terrible war that ripped our country apart like the Cival War. Like I said though, Lee Ermey makes this film. I love him on Mail Call. I think my favorite part of the show is the one where he talked about the paratroopers at D-Day. Someone wrote him an e-mail and asked if it was true that they really said Geronimo when they jumped. Lee said that wasn't true at all and what they probably said was "OH S#$T!!!!!!!"


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