The Boys in Company C
|The Boys in Company C|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Sidney J. Furie|
|Produced by||Andre Morgan|
|Written by||Sidney J. Furie
R. Lee Ermey
James Whitmore Jr
|Music by||Jaime Mendoza-Nava|
|Cinematography||Godfrey A. Godar|
|Editing by||Frank J. Urioste|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Release dates||February 2, 1978|
|Running time||125 min.|
The Boys in Company C, directed by Sidney J. Furie, starring Stan Shaw, Andrew Stevens (in his Golden Globe-nominated performance), Craig Wasson, Santos Morales and Michael Lembeck, is a 1978 film about United States Marines in the Vietnam War.
It was among the first Vietnam War films to appear after the Vietnam Era, and was also the first role for R. Lee Ermey of Full Metal Jacket fame. (Per Andrew Stevens on the DVD commentary, Ermey was discovered by the director, Furie.)
The Boys in Company C is the first in Furie's Vietnam War trilogy, followed by 2001's Under Heavy Fire and 2006's The Veteran, somewhat similar to Oliver Stone and his Vietnam War trilogy with 1986's Platoon, 1989's Born on the Fourth of July and 1993's Heaven & Earth.
This war drama, which prefigures the similarly bifurcated 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.
- Stan Shaw as Tyrone Washington
- Andrew Stevens as Billy Ray Pike
- James Canning as Alvin Foster
- Michael Lembeck as Vinnie Fazio
- Craig Wasson as Dave Brisbee
- Scott Hylands as Captain Collins
- James Whitmore, Jr. as Lieutenant Archer
- R. Lee Ermey as Staff Sergeant Loyce
- Noble Willingham as Sergeant Major Curry
Wasson plays guitar and sings the song which is used during the film and over the end credits.
Nomination Golden Globe:Best Motion Picture Acting Debut – Male, Andrew Stevens (1979)
This film has been issued numerous times on video through the decades since the film's release, first in-house via Columbia Pictures, and later through other companies as certain ancillary rights changed hands (it ended up becoming part of the library of ITC Entertainment). Today, the major rights are with independent film company Fortune Star Media, who also now holds the film's copyright, with distribution by Hen's Tooth under license.