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How Sleep the Brave (1982)

A squad of young fresh American soldiers are sent to Vietnam. Immediately upon their arrival, they are sent on a very hazardous mission into the jungle losing a couple of them on the way. ... See full summary »


Lindsay Shonteff (as Lyndon James Swift)


Robert Bauer


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lawrence Day Lawrence Day ... Lieutenant Young
Luis Manuel Luis Manuel ... Stess
Thomas M. Pollard Thomas M. Pollard ... Flak
Christopher Muncke ... Captain Hansen
Daniel Foley Daniel Foley ... Orvil
Gerramy Quarto Gerramy Quarto ... Johnson
George Gabriel George Gabriel ... Burns
Steve Ballantine Steve Ballantine ... Peters
Earl Rhodes ... Weaver
Edward Wylie Edward Wylie ... Riley
Tony Hiew Tony Hiew ... Scott
Bill Fellows ... Jamieson (as Billy Fellows)
Mel Taylor Mel Taylor ... Batchelor
Billy Campbell ... Strickner (as Bill Campbell)
Richard Speight ... Parks


A squad of young fresh American soldiers are sent to Vietnam. Immediately upon their arrival, they are sent on a very hazardous mission into the jungle losing a couple of them on the way. As soon as they return to camp they have no time to rest and are sent out again on a long jaunt to destroy a V.C. village. After destroying the village they embark on the journey back to camp. Written by <dave.sherry@epson-telford-ltd.co.uk>

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During the swinging 60's a forgotten few walked into hell...


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Release Date:

16 July 1982 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Once Upon a Time in Vietnam See more »

Filming Locations:

Martinique See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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25 January 2003 | by brownashSee all my reviews

I watched How Sleep The Brave as a teenager in the early eighties and was blown away by it. Yes, my friend and I laughed at the English-looking countryside (we had no idea at the time that it actually was made in England!), but we both thought it was a fantastic film about the realities of battle in the Vietnam war. "Worst Vietnam Movie Ever?" - no way! OBVIOUSLY the film was low budget but if you can see past that you will find yourself with an engrossing and moving film experience.

When Platoon came out a few years later I was amazed at the similarities to How Sleep The Brave. Platoon was in the news for weeks with talk about America exposing and coming to terms with the realities of the Vietnam war, and generally blowing sunshine up Oliver Stone's a*se. Well I reckon Olly watched How Sleep The Brave and got the idea for Platoon! I immediately picked up on the use of haunting classical music to accentuate the tragedy, futility and brutality of the war. How Sleep The Brave was way ahead of the rest with it's ideas and techniques on the treatment of the subject.

Generally I see the film as a fantastic finished product of a great idea on a very low budget. It delivers the message and then some. I haven't seen the film since that first time, but I will try to rent it out again and may post more comments with my current thoughts.

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