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Go Tell the Spartans (1978)

R | | Drama, War | 1 September 1978 (USA)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Maj. Asa Barker
... Cpl. Stephen Courcey
... Sgt. Oleonowski
... Capt. Alfred Olivetti
... Lt. Raymond Hamilton
Dennis Howard ... Cpl. Abraham Lincoln
... Lt. Finley Wattsberg
Evan C. Kim ... Cowboy (as Evan Kim)
... Cpl. Ackley
... Signalman Toffee
... Gen. Harnitz
... Col. Minh
... The Old Man
... Butterfly
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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We're getting strafed, shelled, bombed and blasted. And it isn't even our damned war! See more »

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1 September 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die letzte Schlacht  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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The south Vietnamese general's building shown about halfway into the movie is actually Throop Hall, which was located on the campus of Caltech in Pasadena, California. Visible in the foreground is Millikan pond and the bridge that both still exist. Throop Hall was torn down in 1971, so this image must have been file footage that was spliced into the movie, since the movie is copyrighted 1977. See more »

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During the beginning of the movie, when the XO is showing Major Barker a map of MukWa, a microphone boom briefly appears at the bottom between them. See more »

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Gen. Harnitz: Ol' Barker might just come down here and shoot my balls off.
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A fine portrayal of the absurdities of Vietnam.
30 August 1999 | by See 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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