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

Goofs

DI SSgt Loyce (played by Lee Ermey) picks up the platoon of recruits at receiving as a Sgt, but is later seen as a SSgt with no explanation as to why or when he was promoted. 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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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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8 April 2004 | by starjohn7See all my reviews

As one of the actors in Boys in Company C , I can say the reality of war was not completely there. However, It did touch on some realistic moments.. Truly Full Metal Jacket was more the real thing, especially Boot camp..I went through Parris Island in 1966 and it was even more brutal I think..Example... When Pyle was eating the jelly donut and all the others were paying for it. In the boot camp I went through, every time anyone screwed up , we all paid for it. R Lee Ermey a long ago friend was the real thing.. Bye the way , Pyle would never have had that full metal jacket because all the brass was collected after the firing line to make sure no one would shoot the DI.. LOL Stan Johns ,Boys in Company C.....


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