The Boys in Company C


2h 5m 1978

Brief Synopsis

This war drama (which prefigures the later "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 that quickly devolves into a hellish nightmare. Disheartened by futile combat, appalled by the corruption of their South Vietnamese ally, and constantly endangered by the incompetence of their own company commander, the young men find a possible way out of the war. They are told that if they can defeat a rival soccer team, they can spend the rest of their tour playing exhibition games behind the lines. But as they might have predicted, nothing in Vietnam is as simple as it seems.

Film Details

Also Known As
Boys in Company C
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Drama
War
Release Date
1978

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 5m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

Five young Marines are shipped off to Vietnam in 1968. It quickly turns into a nightmare. Disgusted by the pointless combat, the corruption of their South Vietnamese ally, and constantly endangered by the incompetence of their commander, the young men find a potential escape from the war. They're told that if they can defeat a rival soccer team, they can spend the rest of their tour playing exhibition games behind the lines. But nothing in Vietnam is as simple as it seems.

Crew

Johnny Araojo

Gaffer

Erwin Arenas

Wardrobe

Erwin Arenas

Costumes

Tony Artieda

Makeup

Jim Benson

Editor

Michael Berman

Editor

Paul Cavagnero

Sound Effects

David Chan

Production Accountant

Madalena Chan

Assistant Director

Raymond Chow

Executive Producer

Knute Crawford

Apprentice

Danny Daniel

Sound

Danny Dominguez

Special Effects Assistant

Mark Eggenweiler

Sound Effects

Fernando Fernandez

Other

Ulysses Formanez

Assistant Director

Ricky Francisco

Liaison

Sidney J. Furie

Screenplay

Bernardo Gabilo

Key Grip

Juanito Gali

Camera Assistant

Godfrey Godar

Director Of Photography

Gene Grigg

Special Effects

Dennis Juban

Associate Producer

Jack Kirschner

Sound Effects Editor

Robert Liang

Production Designer

Robert J Litt

Sound

Carlos Lopez

Unit Manager

Malcolm Macintosh

Other

Malcolm Macintosh

Camera Assistant

Carl Mahakian

Sound Effects Editor

Sheila Manning

Casting

Jaime Mendoza-nava

Music

Ken Metcalfe

Casting

Richard C. Meyer

Assistant Editor

Drew Michaels

Technical Advisor

Andre Morgan

Producer

Federico Natividad

Assistant Editor

Rick Natkin

Screenplay

Alan Patillo

Editor

Ken Pattenden

Construction Coordinator

Laida Perez

Art Director

Bill Phillips

Sound Effects Editor

Samuel E Price

Special Effects Assistant

Richard Raderman

Sound Effects Editor

Hernan Robles

Assistant Director

George Rosales

Camera Assistant

Gerald Rosenthal

Sound Effects Editor

Marlene Rubenstein

Post-Production Coordinator

Hal Sanders

Sound Effects Editor

Edward Sandlin

Sound Effects Editor

Donald Santos

Boom Operator

Kim Schmidt

Continuity

Rey Sempio

Camera Assistant

Roger M Singer

Assistant Editor

Fred Slark

Assistant Director

William Stevenson

Sound Editor

Eduardo Urbano

Property Master

Frank Urioste

Editor

Hugh Van Es

Photography

Craig Wasson

Song

Mike Youngblood

Technical Advisor

Film Details

Also Known As
Boys in Company C
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Drama
War
Release Date
1978

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 5m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Articles

Noble Willingham (1931-2004)


Noble Willingham, the gruffly voiced character actor best known for his role as saloon owner C.D. Parker on Chuck Norris' long-running series Walker, Texas Ranger, died of natural causes on January 17th at his Palm Springs home. He was 72.

Born on August 31, 1931 in Mineola, Texas, Willingham was educated at North Texas State University where he earned a degree in Economics. He later taught government and economics at a high school in Houston, leaving his life-long dreams of becoming an actor on hold until the opportunity presented itself. Such an opportunity happened when in late 1970, Peter Bogdonovich was doing some on-location shooting in south Texas for The Last Picture Show (1971); at the urging of some friends, he audition and won a small role in the picture. From there, Willingham slowly began to find work in some prominent films, including Bogdonovich's Paper Moon (1973), and Roman Polanski's Chinatown (1974). Around this time, Willingham kept busy with many guest appearances on a variety of popular shows: Bonanza, Gunsmoke, The Waltons, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Rockford Files and several others.

Critics didn't take notice of his acting abilities until he landed the role of Leroy Mason, the soulless plant manager who stares down Sally Field in Norma Rae (1979). Few could forget him screaming at her, "Lady, I want you off the premises now!" with unapologetic malice. It may have not been a likable character, but after this stint, better roles came along, most notably the corrupt Dr. Fenster in Robert Redford's prison drama Brubaker (1980); and the evil sheriff in the thriller The Howling (1981).

By the late '80s, Willingham was an in-demand character actor, and he scored in three hit films: a border patrol sergeant - a great straight man to Cheech Marin - in the ethnic comedy Born in East L.A.; his wonderfully avuncular performance as General Taylor, the military brass who was sympathetic to an unorthodox disc jockey in Saigon, played by Robin Williams in Good Morning, Vietnam (both 1987); and his good 'ole boy villainy in the Rutger Hauer action flick Blind Fury (1988). His performances in these films proved that if nothing else, Willingham was a solid backup player who was adept at both comedy and drama.

His best remembered role will no doubt be his six year run as the genial barkeep C.D. Parker opposite Chuck Norris in the popular adventure series Walker, Texas Ranger (1993-99). However, film reviewers raved over his tortured performance as a foul-mouthed, bigoted boat salesman who suffers a traffic downfall in the little seen, but searing indie drama The Corndog Man (1998); the role earned Willingham a nomination for Best Actor at the Independent Spirit Awards and it showed that this ably supporting performer had enough charisma and talent to hold his own in a lead role.

In 2000, Willingham tried his hand at politics when he unsuccessfully tried to unseat Democrat Max Dandlin in a congressional campaign in east Texas. After the experience, Willingham returned to acting filming Blind Horizon with Val Kilmer in 2003. The movie is to be released later this year. Willingham is survived by his wife, Patti Ross Willingham; a son, John Ross McGlohen; two daughters, Stari Willingham and Meghan McGlohen; and a grandson.

by Michael T. Toole
Noble Willingham (1931-2004)

Noble Willingham (1931-2004)

Noble Willingham, the gruffly voiced character actor best known for his role as saloon owner C.D. Parker on Chuck Norris' long-running series Walker, Texas Ranger, died of natural causes on January 17th at his Palm Springs home. He was 72. Born on August 31, 1931 in Mineola, Texas, Willingham was educated at North Texas State University where he earned a degree in Economics. He later taught government and economics at a high school in Houston, leaving his life-long dreams of becoming an actor on hold until the opportunity presented itself. Such an opportunity happened when in late 1970, Peter Bogdonovich was doing some on-location shooting in south Texas for The Last Picture Show (1971); at the urging of some friends, he audition and won a small role in the picture. From there, Willingham slowly began to find work in some prominent films, including Bogdonovich's Paper Moon (1973), and Roman Polanski's Chinatown (1974). Around this time, Willingham kept busy with many guest appearances on a variety of popular shows: Bonanza, Gunsmoke, The Waltons, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Rockford Files and several others. Critics didn't take notice of his acting abilities until he landed the role of Leroy Mason, the soulless plant manager who stares down Sally Field in Norma Rae (1979). Few could forget him screaming at her, "Lady, I want you off the premises now!" with unapologetic malice. It may have not been a likable character, but after this stint, better roles came along, most notably the corrupt Dr. Fenster in Robert Redford's prison drama Brubaker (1980); and the evil sheriff in the thriller The Howling (1981). By the late '80s, Willingham was an in-demand character actor, and he scored in three hit films: a border patrol sergeant - a great straight man to Cheech Marin - in the ethnic comedy Born in East L.A.; his wonderfully avuncular performance as General Taylor, the military brass who was sympathetic to an unorthodox disc jockey in Saigon, played by Robin Williams in Good Morning, Vietnam (both 1987); and his good 'ole boy villainy in the Rutger Hauer action flick Blind Fury (1988). His performances in these films proved that if nothing else, Willingham was a solid backup player who was adept at both comedy and drama. His best remembered role will no doubt be his six year run as the genial barkeep C.D. Parker opposite Chuck Norris in the popular adventure series Walker, Texas Ranger (1993-99). However, film reviewers raved over his tortured performance as a foul-mouthed, bigoted boat salesman who suffers a traffic downfall in the little seen, but searing indie drama The Corndog Man (1998); the role earned Willingham a nomination for Best Actor at the Independent Spirit Awards and it showed that this ably supporting performer had enough charisma and talent to hold his own in a lead role. In 2000, Willingham tried his hand at politics when he unsuccessfully tried to unseat Democrat Max Dandlin in a congressional campaign in east Texas. After the experience, Willingham returned to acting filming Blind Horizon with Val Kilmer in 2003. The movie is to be released later this year. Willingham is survived by his wife, Patti Ross Willingham; a son, John Ross McGlohen; two daughters, Stari Willingham and Meghan McGlohen; and a grandson. by Michael T. Toole

Quotes

Sergeant Loyce don't give a damn!
- Washington
Shipped our ass to Vietnam!
- The Boys of Company C
Good Marines they never die!
- Washington
When they're hit they never cry!
- The Boys of Company C
"Don't mess with me. Don't mess NEAR me!"
- Washington
"Move it up until the private in fron of you smiles!"
- Staff Sgt. Loyce
Sergeant stripes they give him class...
- Washington

Trivia

Drill Instructor played by R. Lee Ermey, a former US Marines Drill Instructor.

The original script was written by Rick Natkin for a film class at Yale University in 1973.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Spring April 1978

Completed production September 1977.

Released in United States Spring April 1978