Go Tell the Spartans (1978) - (Burt Lancaster) Spanish one-sheet
This is a 27" x 39" Spanish one-sheet poster for the 1978 Ted Post film Go Tell the Spartans based on the novel Incident at Muc Wa by Daniel Ford, screenplay by Wendell Mayes and starring Burt Lancaster as Major Asa Barker. This film was well received by opponents of the Vietnam war, who found it noble, realistic and a good illustration of the irrelevance of the American presence in Vietnam; Burt Lancaster's performance was seen as one of the finest of his career. According to Wikipedia "The film's title is from Simonides's epitaph to the three hundred soldiers who died fighting Persian invaders at Thermopylae, Greece: 'Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, that here, obedient to their laws, we lie.'" In the film a French translation of the line appears as another epitaph at a graveyard for 302 French soldiers; its Greek origin is recognized and the line translated by Corporal Courcey [Craig Wasson].
Plot summary: In the years before major American involvement in Vietnam a unit of American military advisors is in an uphill fight against the Viet Cong that reminds them of the experience of a doomed Franch unit at the same location a decade earlier. Major Asa Barker, a veteran fighter in his third war, is breaking in four new recruits and supervising a small group of Americans attached to a South Vietnamese Army unit in the deserted village of Muc Wa. Their aim is to retake the village following its abandonment by the French a decade earlier. The VC overrun the village and its outpost and kill almost all the American personnel.
Cast and crew: Burt Lancaster, Graig Wasson, David Clennon, Dolph Sweet, Marc Singer, Wendell Mayes, Daniel Ford, Ted Post, Jonathan Goldsmith, Joe Unger, Dennis Howard, Evan C. Kim, John Megna, Hilly Hicks, Dolph Sweet, Clyde Kusatsu, James Hong, Denice Kumagai, Tad Horino