Cinema: Good Conduct

GO TELL THE SPARTANS

Directed by Ted Post

Screenplay by Wendell Mayes

This unpretentious movie about a group of American "advisers" in Viet Nam in 1964, before the war was thoroughly Americanized, has the virtues of its defects. It is understated, lacking in powerful dramatic incident and high human emotion, and rather flatly written and directed. As a result, it has about it a realistically antiheroic air that is rare enough in any movie about any war, and a grubby brutality that matches memories of the news film that came out of Southeast Asia in the '60s and did so much to...

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