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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 Neal Peggy Neal ... Nancy Bisbee (as Peggy O'Neal)
Claude Wilson Claude Wilson ... Roy Foster
Chuck Doherty Chuck Doherty ... George Pike
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Storyline

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 <[email protected]>

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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:

R | See all certifications »

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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

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 »

Goofs

Only recruits from west of the Mississippi are sent to boot camp in San Diego. Washington (Chicago) and Fazio (Brooklyn) would have gone to Parris Island. See more »

Quotes

SSgt. Aquilla: All of you, grab your nuts. Grab them! You like your nuts, don't you? Do they feel good to you. DO THEY?
The Boys of Company C: Sir, yes sir!
SSgt. Aquilla: Do you want to keep them?
The Boys of Company C: Sir, yes sir!
SSgt. Aquilla: Do you think your girlfriend is going to stay with you if you come home without any nuts?
The Boys of Company C: Sir, no sir.
SSgt. Aquilla: Then you better listen to your drill sergeants! We are trying to help you KEEP THEM!
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Connections

Referenced in Sidney J. Furie: Fire Up the Carousel! See more »

Soundtracks

Here I Am
Words & Music by Craig Wasson
Performed by Craig Wasson (uncredited)
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I was an 8 year veteran and had been in a scuffle or two.
15 February 2002 | by drobertsSee all my reviews

Having been in the military, this was one of the most true to life movies of military boot camp and life in Vietnam. Mr. Ermey, although I had never known him personally, portrayed the D.I. splendidly and must have been an outstanding D.I. in real life for the Marines.


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