The Boys in Company C

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The Boys in Company C
Boys in company c ver1.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Sidney J. Furie
Produced by Andre Morgan
Written by Sidney J. Furie
Rick Natkin
Starring Stan Shaw
Andrew Stevens
R. Lee Ermey
James Whitmore Jr
Scott Hylands
Michael Lembeck
Music by Jaime Mendoza-Nava
Cinematography Godfrey A. Godar
Edited by Frank J. Urioste
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
February 2, 1978
Running time
125 min.
Country Hong Kong
United States
Language English

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.[1]

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 film was a co-production of Golden Harvest and Columbia Pictures, the latter originally handling theatrical distribution. It was filmed in the Philippines.

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.


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.


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 its 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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The AFI Catalog of Feature Films:The Boys in Company C

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