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Focussing on realism and cohesion between actors, it's a solid cheap film.
Early Vietnam entry goes back to pre-war events where a US Advisory team is attempting to monitor the situation with limited resources after the French withdrawal. Needless to say, it does not end well. Based on a novel written in 1967. Singer and Kim would team together in the V miniseries.
A classic war movie about one of the opening moments of the Vietnam War in 1964 when it was still considered a "conflict". Based on the novel inspired by actual events "Incident at Muc Wa" by Daniel Ford, a journalist who wanted to become the Ernie Pyle of Vietnam. And Burt Lancaster's performance as Major Barker was a memorable one.
Not really believable.
Friday, April 11, 2014
(1978) Go Tell The Spartans
Made one year before "Apocalypse Now", it was this movie and "The Boys Of Company C" to be the first war movies about the Vietnam war. Now, I'm not talking about movies such as "Coming Home" and the Oscar winner "The Deer Hunter since they only address the after effects of adapting to civilization after serving in Vietnam. Adapted from Daniel Ford novel stars Burt Lancaster as hard nosed Major Asa Barker leading his platoon to a battle fully knowing that they're not going to win.
Although, it's based on a novel, the movie dwells accurately on it's ugly side by depicting the effects it has on it's unit which is way it was organised by people at the top. I just thought it was too depressing, so I'm giving this one a bare thumbs down.
2 out of 4 stars
this is a movie that tells a really interesting story but lacks the "flash" that other war movies may have. it has the typical cross-section of characters but it does a better job and presenting the wrong-headedness of the usa's conducting of the war. it's set in the same time period that john wayne's pro-war "the green berets" was set but plainly confronts the futility of fighting what was essentially a civil war that resulted after colonial power france tried to fight its way back into the area after WW2 and lost.
Early Vietnam War film. Very different from the majority of what would follow. Set in 1964, before the conflict really escalated, it shows how unprepared we were for this type of ground war. Far from perfect put very interesting.
Before the wonderful TV series "Tour Of Duty" and movies such as "Full Metal Jacket" and "Platoon" that dealt with the Vietnam War, there was "Go Tell the Spartans". I thought this movie was really good. It gave important insights into the very early stages of American involvement in the conflict. Burt Lancaster is simply fantastic in the lead role. This is a quality and very believable war movie that deserves to be better known.
A grandious Anti-War Movie that is settled while the Vietnam-War it shows realistic the Senseless of this War and is brilliant directed, written and acted with great Battles
Often overlooked this is the seminal Vietnam flick. A simple story well told. Burt Lancaster is the seasoned cynical CO who knows that Vietnam isnt worth fighting for. Marc Singer as the gung ho career officer offers a brash contemporary counterpoint to Lancasters war hardened cynicism.
Laced with a wry, bitter humour, something that other Vietnam films made later lack, it leaves the viewer with a genuine sense of the futility of this, or any similarly motivated war.