Canadian director Sidney J Furie’s The Boys In Company C (1978) is a lost gem. This Hong Kong produced (by famous Raymond Chow of Enter the Dragon fame) Vietnam war film follows the recruits from Company C, at the end of the 1960’s, from the illusions of boot camp to delusion of facing the real deal. Demoralized by futile combat and the inadequacy of their commanding officer, they eventually only aim to survive.
Framed on a a deliberate sloppy pace to illustrate the amateurish ambiance of disillusion, The Boys In Company C relies on sharp humorous dialogues. Furie and Screenwriter Rick Natkin take on Vietnam war offers a comment on politics, greed, drug abuse and the general mayhem of the entire smoke show. They deliver a delightful anti war work of the likes of M.A.S.H and Catch 22 , but with its own voice and rhythm. Furie oversees the intentional loose feeling, in a tragic drama-comedy fashion, that comments on the absurdity of war with consuming irony.
At the center of a strong ensemble cast, one of the major curiosity featured in The Boys In Company C is R. Lee Ermey role as the drill sergeant (in the opening part) in an iconic character he would refine a decade later in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket (1987).
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