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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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Warner Bros. was concerned about letting John Wayne direct the movie because of the fact that his previous directorial effort, The Alamo (1960), had been an expensive flop. They therefore only agreed to let him do the film if he agreed to co-direct with a more experienced director, and Wayne chose Ray Kellogg. The studio agreed, despite Kellogg's only having ever directed a few "B" pictures, because of his impressive track record as a second unit director on a number of major studio releases. See more »
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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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