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Friendly Fire (1979)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | TV Movie 22 April 1979
When they try to learn how how their son died in Vietnam, the Mullens meet lies and evasion on all sides.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
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C.D. Bryan
Dennis Erdman ...
Michael E. Mullen
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John Mullen
Fanny Spiess ...
Mary Mullen
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Patricia Mullen
Michael Flanagan ...
Father Shimon
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Willis Huddleston
William Jordan ...
Col. Byron Schindler
Vernon Weddle ...
Col. Georgi
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Sgt. Fitzgerald
Robert Wahler ...
Alan Hulting
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Leroy Hamilton
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Dietrich
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In March 1970, a U.S. Army officer arrived at the Iowa farm of Peg and Gene Mullen and informed them that their son Michael had been killed in Vietnam by "friendly fire." Their determined attempts to learn more about the circumstances of their son's death are the subject of this true account film. Written by alfiehitchie

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The true story of the anguish and courage of one American family.

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Drama | War

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22 April 1979 (USA)  »

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A Bala Traiçoeira  »

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Peg Mullen, an author and former Iowa farm wife who hounded the U.S. military to find the truth about her son's death in Vietnam and was portrayed by Carol Burnett, died on Oct. 3, 2009 at the age of 92. See more »

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a look at war from the home front
23 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

Riveting film about a family torn apart by a death in Viet Nam. The son of a farmer goes to war in an infantry unit and is killed by his own men by accident. The grief suffered by his family was hard to take as I watched the movie. Carol Burnett was brilliant as the shocked and angry mother. This film showed the waste of war, and the military's attitude about a soldier's duty as opposed to a family's rejection of the government calling a farmer a soldier. Everyone should see this program.


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