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U.S. Special Forces troops ("Green Berets") under the command of Colonel Mike Kirby defend a firebase during the Vietnam war. War correspondent George Beckwith accompanies Kirby and objects to both the war and the means by which it is executed. Kirby's firebase is overrun and his troops fight bravely to retake it. Kirby and a select group of his men are then ordered on a special mission to capture a high-level Viet Cong officer. Written by
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Much of the film was shot in 1967 at Ft. Benning, Georgia, hence the large pine forests in the background rather than tropical jungle trees. See more »
When Kirby's helicopter crashes in a ball of fire the rigging cables used to suspend it are visible. See more »
Petersen, what was all that talk about the enemy building ladders and coffins?
Well, when Charlie knows he's got a nice box to be buried in, he's just as brave as hell.
What about the ladders?
They throw the ladders across the wire to get at us. And later on, they use them for litters to stack on and carry away the dead bodies.
Later on... you mean after everybody's dead?
Yes, everybody. Men... women... and children. Everybody.
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This was a good movie regardless of the problems of special effects or location. I have always liked John Wayne and his bigger than life characters and this was no exception. It was suppose to be entertainment and it was then and still is now.
I also think it deserves credit for being one of the only movie during Vietnam depicting Vietnam. People say it was propaganda, maybe it was but it was also entertainment; besides, how many other films during other time periods were propaganda also? I admire Wayne's courage in going through with this project knowing how unpopular his beliefs were to many people. But even now as a young person I do not fault him one bit for doing what he believed in. Yes, I might be sappy but I like the song and I like the movie.
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