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Go Tell the Spartans (1978)

R | | Drama, War | 1 September 1978 (USA)
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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.

Director:

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. Al 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 ... One-eyed man
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Storyline

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

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This film's opening prologue states: "In 1954, the French lost their war to keep their Indo-China colonies and those colonies became North and South Vietnam. Then the North aided a rebellion in the South and the United States sent in 'Military Advisors' to help South Vietnam fight the Communists. In 1964, the war in Vietnam was still a little one -- confused and far away". 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 »

Quotes

Gen. Harnitz: Ol' Barker might just come down here and shoot my balls off.
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Featured in Hollywood Vietnam (2005) See more »

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I was there - this one is real.
1 August 1999 | by jacksoncSee all my reviews

There has been criticism of this movie as being dull and unrealistic (probably from someone who wasn't even born before the events depicted in the movie). Believe this: it shows things pretty much as they happened. Lancaster was never better. I recommend it without reservation.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

1 September 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Go Tell the Spartans 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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