This was a great surprise! Was not expecting to enjoy this as much as I did. Thought it be OK but had it chalked down as a low budget Vietnam war film, most probably by the numbers. It’s was getting late, I’ll watch the first hour to see if I like it. Two hours later I’m going to bed at way past midnight and up for work at 5.30, oopft I was mashed up but worth it especially when I saw these three classics pop up ……..
James Hong aka Lo Pan from Big Trouble In Little China and freaky eyeball specialist Hannibal Chew from Blade Runner and also Evan C. Kim aka Loo from A Fistful Of Yen (The Kentucky Fried Movie). Not only that he also did the voice for Mercury in the Space Sentinels. Plus Marc Singer aka Mike Donovan from sci-fi classic V stars too. Damn man I nearly lost my shit…
Geek out over, back to the movie. This low budget gem hits all those sweet spots. Hollywood legend Burt Lancaster stars, strutting around at 64 years old with a real limp from a dodgy knee. He gets to fire off so many brilliant lines and tells a story so good that you could turn up to any bachelor party, in any land and smash out that punchline, turn around, pick up your hat and walk into the night a total legend.
Tagline – We’re getting strafed, shelled, bombed and blasted. And it isn’t even our damned war!
Burt plays Major Asa Barker, a field specialist and veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He is put in charge of a rag tag bunch of real misfits. We’ve seen them all before but they got a good bunch of quirks in this outfit. You got the classic war damaged Sgt. Oleonowski, an opium addict medic going by the name Cpl. Abraham Lincoln, wise talking communication officer Signalman Toffee. Then you get a translation expert Vietnamese local and total psychopath action machine, Cowboy.
Plus throw in a rookie Lt. Raymond Hamilton upgraded to Captain, who runs around with the constant squits and an itching for action to add some medals to his uniform, Capt. Alfred Olivetti. And last but not least, drafter demolition expert Cpl. Stephen Courcey .
Major Asa Barker – “Sign him up to clap patrol”
Major Asa wonders “Why he’s drafted himself? no one drafts here” This Vietnam story is set at the beginning of the war before the main cluster Fuc took over. So to draft yourself in was a rare event before the recruitment push later on. After the French army had been caught out by the hidden strength of the Viet Cong the Americans come in to assist the South Vietnamese against the communist North Vietnamese. Basically just another proxy Cold War pissing contest which caused a million deaths!
Major Asa Barker – “Are you sure we’re not in a loony bin? Sometimes I think we’re in a goddamn loony bin!”
Directed by Ted Post who was responsible for the most bonkers addition to the Planet of the Apes film series with underground city run by telepathic humans plus he also got to direct Clint Eastwood as Harry Callahan in Magnum Force.
If you like a good war film I thoroughly recommend giving this a go, it really has it it all.
Major Asa Barker – “My command is spread thinner than the hairs of a baby’s ass!”