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Good Guys Wear Black (1978)

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An ex-US Army commando must find the reason why his comrades from his unit are being systematically murdered before he is next.

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The former leader of a commando rescue attempt into Vietnam tries to discover why his squad members are being murdered, one-by-one, after the war is over. Written by Scott Lane <rslane@ix.netcom.com>

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The C.I.A. can't afford John T. Booker... alive. See more »

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June 1978 (USA)  »

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Black Fighter  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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$18,328,000 (USA)
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Chuck Norris' first film as a Vietnam veteran; it would later become the basis for his role in the Missing In Action films during the 1980s. Co-star Soon-Tek Oh would later co-star in the second Missing In Action film as the film's villain. See more »

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When Booker (an obvious stunt double in a blond wig) jumps through the window of the assassin's car in the airport parking lot the window shatters into many pieces and allows his foot to pass through to the driver. In reality the car, a 70s model Toyota Celica, would have had a tempered shatterproof windshield of safety glass that could never break the way the glass in this scene does no matter how expertly kicked. In the very next shot (of the bloody assassin's body behind the wheel) the glass now appears to be of the correct type; cracked but not shattered.

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Booker: And so as history slowly places it into some kind of perspective, a few things about the Vietnam War have become clear. It was a war that never should have begun, and a country we never should have entered. And as thousands of victims died without really understanding why. Mainly because the reasons for the war were beyond any rules of logic. On Wednesday we'll sing patriotic songs and pretend I said none of the above.
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The Golden Days of Chuck Norris
4 January 2001 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

The story of Good Guys Wear Black(1979) interestingly enough resembles the plot lines of Steven Seagal's early films of Above the Law(1988), Hard to Kill(1990), and Marked for Death(1991). The direction by Ted Post is very good. Good Guys Wear Black(1979) and the Dirty Harry picture, Magnum Force(1973) are the two best films for this average director. Chuck Norris stars in what is one of his better films before he would give up the cinema for television. Anne Archer is good in an early film role before she was a respectable actress. James Franciscus is terrific as the cold blooded and ruthless Politican Conrad Morgan. Has what is probably the best stunt of Chuck Norris's career with the scene where he leaps through the front window of a car and into an assassin for a martial arts kick.


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