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Go Tell the Spartans (1978)

During the early 1960s, U.S. military advisers in South Vietnam discover the same challenges that plagued the French army in Indochina ten years prior.

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Ted Post

Writers:

Daniel Ford (novel), Wendell Mayes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Lancaster ... Maj. Asa Barker
Craig Wasson ... Cpl. Stephen Courcey
Jonathan Goldsmith ... Sgt. Oleonowski
Marc Singer ... Capt. Alfred Olivetti
Joe Unger ... Lt. Raymond Hamilton
Dennis Howard Dennis Howard ... Cpl. Abraham Lincoln
David Clennon ... Lt. Finley Wattsberg
Evan C. Kim Evan C. Kim ... Cowboy (as Evan Kim)
John Megna ... Cpl. Ackley
Hilly Hicks ... Signalman Toffee
Dolph Sweet ... Gen. Harnitz
Clyde Kusatsu ... Col. Minh
James Hong ... The Old Man
Denice Kumagai ... Butterfly
Tad Horino Tad Horino ... One-eyed man
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A unit of American military advisors in Vietnam prior to the major U.S. involvement find similarities between their helpless struggle against the Viet Cong and the doomed actions of a French unit at the same site a decade before in this bitter look at the beginnings of the Vietnam war. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Skirmishes, Ambushes And Boobytraps Explode Into The Most Savage War That Ever Scorched A Land See more »

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Drama | War

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

1 September 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die letzte Schlacht See more »

Filming Locations:

Valencia, California, USA

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The title comes from Simonides of Ceos' Epitaph, a quote by Herodotus, the Greek historian, about the famous Battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C. Greece. 300 Spartan soldiers held a mountain pass against the entire Persian army; they all gave their lives, but the delay allowed Greece to prepare for their victory at Salamis. The epitaph of the Spartan soldiers reads "Stranger, go tell the Spartans that here we are buried, obedient to their orders." See more »

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The only US advisors who carry spare ammo pouches on their belts are those who are armed with M1911A1 pistols. Those who are equipped with M3 submachine guns (like Maj Barker) and M1/M2 carbines carry no extra ammo pouches. See more »

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Cpl. Courcey: I am your friend. I have chocolate.
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A fine portrayal of the absurdities of Vietnam.
30 August 1999 | by ekendallSee all my reviews

Burt Lancaster turns in a fine performance as a US military advisor who has doubts about the wisdom of the war America is about to embark upon. GO TELL THE SPARTANS looks at Vietnam in 1964, before the conflict there was thoroughly Americanized. It is not your typical glossy, overproduced Hollywood action extravaganza. Nor is it overly laden with patriotic sentimentality. It is, rather, a compelling exploration of the hubris and naivete that shaped the American war effort.


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