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The Boys in Company C (1978)

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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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 <teh@aristotle.net>

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To keep their sanity in an insane war, they had to be crazy. See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The original script was written by Rick Natkin for a film class at Yale University in 1973. See more »

Goofs

When the Marines are in-country, Sergeant Curry(Noble Willingham) begins his leering speech to the men "Today is the day of the start of a new body count....the man who scores the biggest body count gets two days of R and R at China Beach", the soundtrack has him saying this speech but his mouth isn't moving. A few seconds later he continues his speech, his mouth is now seen moving but it's not matching the words he is saying. See more »

Quotes

Alvin Foster: So, how did you get this game set up sir?
Lieutenant Archer: General Sloan was so impressed with what we did that he set it up. Foster, do you realize that we took out a communication outpost, captured an enemy stronghold and wiped out an entire company of NVA regulars?
[pauses]
Lieutenant Archer: Do you believe everything I just said Foster?
Alvin Foster: Well, yes sir.
Lieutenant Archer: Well then, I guess they should make you a General, too.
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Connections

Referenced in The Incredible Hulk: Terror in Times Square (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Here I Am
Words & Music by Craig Wasson
Performed by Craig Wasson (uncredited)
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One of the best war films ever.
18 March 2003 | by EmplehodSee all my reviews

I have seen comments that this movie doesn't show the Vietnam war the way it was. I strongly disagree -- I think this movie tells it like it was: A war of politics, greed, drug abuse, and general mayhem. My only gripe regarding this movie is the short sightedness of the company that owns the rights not to release it on DVD, and a special remastered DTS/Dolby Digital version at that.


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