Go Tell the Spartans

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Overview

Go Tell the Spartans is set in Vietnam during that period in which American troops were euphemistically termed "advisors." Reluctantly dispensing much of that advice is veteran American major Asa Barker Burt Lancaster. Though he knows what works and what doesn't on the battlefield, Barker is obliged to carry out the go-nowhere policies of the American military brass. His current objective is a woebegone, barely crucial outpost, which he must defend with a handful of green soldiers and end-of-tether Vietnamese ...
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Overview

Go Tell the Spartans is set in Vietnam during that period in which American troops were euphemistically termed "advisors." Reluctantly dispensing much of that advice is veteran American major Asa Barker Burt Lancaster. Though he knows what works and what doesn't on the battlefield, Barker is obliged to carry out the go-nowhere policies of the American military brass. His current objective is a woebegone, barely crucial outpost, which he must defend with a handful of green soldiers and end-of-tether Vietnamese militiamen. True to his predictions, the outpost is overwhelmed by the Vietcong, who have something to fight about and are ruthless in their tactics. Before the relief troops can arrive, virtually everyone is senselessly killed, including Barker. The only survivor is Corporal Stephen Courcey Craig Wasson, a willing draftee whose initial idealism dies along with his comrades. Wendell Mayes adapted Go Tell the Spartans from the novel Incident at Muc Wa by Daniel Ford.
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Special Features

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/30/2005
  • UPC: 026359061523
  • Original Release: 1978
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  • Source: Hbo Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:54:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 7,809

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Burt Lancaster Maj. Asa Barker
Craig Wasson Corporal Courcey
Jonathan Goldsmith Sgt. Oleanowski
Mark Singer Capt. Al Olivetti
Joe Unger Lieutenant Hamilton
Dennis Howard Cpl. Abraham Lincoln
David Clennon Lt. Finley Wattsberg
Evan Kim Cowboy
John Megna Corporal Ackley
Hilly Hicks Signalman Totter
Dolph Sweet Gen. Harnitz
Clyde Kusatsu Col. Minh
James Hong Corporal Oldman
Denice Kumagai Butterfly
Tad Horino One-Eyed Charlie
Phong Diep Minh's Interpreter
Ralph Brannen Minh's Aide-de-Camp
Mark Carlton Capt. Schlitz
Technical Credits
Ted Post Director
Allan F. Bodoh Producer
Mitchell Cannold Producer
Jesse Corallo Associate Producer
Ron Dawson Costumes/Costume Designer
Dick Halligan Score Composer
Mike Kane Asst. Director
Michael Leone Executive Producer
Wendell Mayes Screenwriter
Millie Moore Editor
Bill Randall Sound/Sound Designer
Jack Senter Art Director
Harry Stradling Jr. Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Go Tell the Spartans
1. Historical Background/The Replacements [11:36]
2. A Visit From Headquarters [10:59]
3. Roadside Interrogation [12:17]
4. Securing the Outpost [12:18]
5. Probing the Line [10:47]
6. One Death Too Many [12:56]
7. Rumors of a Coup [12:24]
8. Base to Nighthawk [12:27]
9. The Breakout [11:59]
10. The French Cemetery/End Titles [6:26]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2002

    STERLING EFFORT.

    This was one of Lancasters' least appreciated performances in the wind down of his career. He gives Major Asa Barker a sense of genuine salty humor and a hard edge of the disheartend military veteran. GO TELL THE SPARTINS was sadly lost in the rush of big Vietnam dramas in 1978 (THE DEER HUNTER, COMING HOME). It is a small marvel and a sterling effort by director Ted Post. Great support by Marc Singer, Evan Kim and Craig Wasson.

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