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The actress is speaking Vietnamese but is obviously reciting the script and not a native speaker (the pimp is). She is not able to make most of the intonations sufficiently clear along with an off tempo. Thus you cannot easily understand what she's saying. It doesn't sound Viet at all upon first listening. After a couple of tries with the context ...


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In USMC culture, a "gun" is a large artillery piece, and this chant (which is apparently genuinely used by Marines) is to train the new recruits not to make the civilian mistake of referring to a rifle as a gun.


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It can be argued that Joker is the main character since he narrates the film and it basically follows his experiences. During the time period depicted (1967-68) soldiers were commonly sent directly from boot camp to assignments within Vietnam. In the film, all of the characters who were training at the bootcamp get their MOS assignments (Joker gets Military ...


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I don’t think Joker completely buys into the military mind-set the way the others do, so it not very likely he will talk about boot-camp with other members of his graduating class when he runs into them. I don’t know what basic training is like now, but when I went through it (early 70’s) it was no high school that one might sit around reminiscing about for ...


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A gun is the weapon of the street. Street thugs don't care for their guns, they don't clean them, and they throw them away after using them to kill. A gun is the thing a child used to shoot cans, squirrels, or other game, game that can not harm you back. A professional, a Marine or a Soldier, is trained that while they may have used 'guns' back at home to ...


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In a morning meeting of the "Stars and Stripes" newspaper staff the day after the Tet Offensive began, the editor, Lt. Lockhart, gives a downbeat briefing about how badly things have gone. When he's done, Joker cynically asks if Ann Margaret is still coming to do a USO show, making fun of how oblivious the Army General Staff is about how everything in ...


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This isn't a gory scene in the movie, but just a simple plot point to show how easily you can get promoted during the war. The explosion that kills Crazy goes off behind him, and Crazy lands on his side. The medic arrives and flips him onto his back. If there was any visible damage. I guess it's implied that it's on Crazy's back which we can't see from the ...


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This is not merely Marines but a universal correction administered in military training. We could refer to the rifle as a rifle, or a weapon, but NEVER a gun. So this chant, along with the "dying cockroach position" or the "front-leaning rest position" were part of the atmosphere of any training unit in the 1960's and 1970's at least in the Vietnam Era.


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