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Release Date:
24 September 1987 (USA) See more »
The trials of a U.S. Army platoon serving in the field during the Vietnam War. Full summary »
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 5 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 7 of 87)

Terence Knox ... Sgt. Clayton 'Zeke' Anderson (58 episodes, 1987-1990)
Stephen Caffrey ... Lt. Myron Goldman (58 episodes, 1987-1990)

Tony Becker ... Cpl. Daniel 'Danny' Percell / ... (57 episodes, 1987-1990)

Miguel A. Núñez Jr. ... Pvt. Marcus Taylor / ... (56 episodes, 1987-1990)

Ramón Franco ... Pvt. Alberto Ruiz / ... (55 episodes, 1987-1990)
Stan Foster ... SP4 Marvin Johnson / ... (44 episodes, 1987-1989)

Dan Gauthier ... Lt. John McKay (32 episodes, 1989-1990)

Series Directed by
Bill L. Norton (10 episodes, 1987-1989)
Jim Johnston (9 episodes, 1987-1990)
Stephen L. Posey (8 episodes, 1988-1990)
Bradford May (4 episodes, 1989-1990)
Randy Roberts (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
Charles Correll (3 episodes, 1988-1989)
George Kaczender (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Edwin Sherin (3 episodes, 1989)
Aaron Lipstadt (2 episodes, 1987)
Reynaldo Villalobos (2 episodes, 1987)
James A. Contner (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
Helaine Head (2 episodes, 1989)
Series Writing credits
L. Travis Clark (58 episodes, 1987-1990)
Steve Duncan (58 episodes, 1987-1990)
Rick Husky (5 episodes, 1987-1989)
Steven Smith (4 episodes, 1987-1988)
Robert Bielak (4 episodes, 1989-1990)
Bill L. Norton (3 episodes, 1987)
Bruce Reisman (3 episodes, 1988-1989)
Robert Burns Clark (3 episodes, 1988)
Steve Bello (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
David Wyles (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Jerry Patrick Brown (2 episodes, 1989)

David Ehrman (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Zev Braun .... executive producer (58 episodes, 1987-1990)
Brian Herskowitz .... associate producer / assistant producer (37 episodes, 1988-1990)
Vahan Moosekian .... coordinating producer / producer / ... (24 episodes, 1987-1989)
Rick Husky .... supervising producer / co-executive producer (23 episodes, 1987-1989)
Bill L. Norton .... co-executive producer (21 episodes, 1987-1988)
Ronald L. Schwary .... producer (21 episodes, 1987-1988)
Robert Bielak .... co-producer (21 episodes, 1988-1990)
Steve Bello .... co-producer (13 episodes, 1987-1988)
Steven Smith .... co-producer (10 episodes, 1988-1989)
Dennis Cooper .... co-executive producer / co-producer (3 episodes, 1989)
James A. Westman .... producer (3 episodes, 1989)
Series Original Music by
Joseph Conlan (58 episodes, 1987-1990)
Series Cinematography by
Stephen L. Posey (21 episodes, 1987-1989)
Peter Smokler (2 episodes, 1988)

Bob Moore (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
John Duffy (12 episodes, 1987-1989)
Stephen Michael (12 episodes, 1987-1989)
Thomas Petersen (8 episodes, 1988-1990)
Ellen Ring Jacobson (6 episodes, 1989-1990)
Kim Secrist (5 episodes, 1987-1988)
Michael Ripps (4 episodes, 1987-1989)

Herbert H. Dow (unknown episodes)
Series Casting by
Barbara Claman (27 episodes, 1987-1990)
Maureen A. Arata (14 episodes, 1987-1989)
Mark Saks (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Production Design by
Mayling Cheng (6 episodes, 1987-1989)
Series Art Direction by
Mayling Cheng (17 episodes, 1987-1988)
Series Set Decoration by
Richard Drake (16 episodes, 1987-1988)
Gary Fettis (4 episodes, 1989)
Henry Kanahele (3 episodes, 1987)
Rick Caprarelli (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Makeup Department
James R. Scribner .... makeup artist (25 episodes, 1987-1990)
Susan Carol Schwary .... hair stylist (19 episodes, 1987-1988)
Ora Green .... hair stylist (4 episodes, 1989)
Series Production Management
James A. Westman .... unit production manager (22 episodes, 1987-1990)
Lorin Bennett Salob .... executive in charge of production (20 episodes, 1987-1988)
James Ragan .... unit production manager (5 episodes, 1989)
S. Michael Formica .... unit production manager (4 episodes, 1989)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ronald L. Schwary .... second unit director (20 episodes, 1987-1988)
Tony Mason .... first assistant director / second assistant director (16 episodes, 1987-1990)
Howard Ellis .... second assistant director (13 episodes, 1987-1988)
Gary Law .... first assistant director (11 episodes, 1987-1988)
Tommy Burns .... second assistant director (5 episodes, 1987)
W. Alexander Ellis .... second assistant director (4 episodes, 1989)
Robert S. Mills .... second assistant director (3 episodes, 1990)
Peter C. Graupner .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1987)
Mark S. Glick .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1990)

Joel Chernoff .... second unit director (unknown episodes, 1987-1989)
Series Art Department
Richard A. Mazzochi .... property master (21 episodes, 1987-1988)
David Aaron .... assistant property master / property master (14 episodes, 1987-1990)
Jim Zemansky .... property master (4 episodes, 1989)

Mychael Bates .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Susan Moore-Chong .... production sound mixer / sound mixer (36 episodes, 1987-1989)
Jeremy Hoenack .... sound editor / sound editing (12 episodes, 1987-1989)
Blake Wilcox .... production sound mixer (2 episodes, 1990)

Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist (unknown episodes)
Michael Payne .... sound supervisor (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Larry Roberts .... special effects (25 episodes, 1987-1990)
Roger George .... special effects (2 episodes, 1987)
Erich Martin Hicks .... assistant special effects (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Stunts
Phil Adams .... stunt coordinator / stunts (15 episodes, 1987-1990)
Ted Grossman .... stunt coordinator (12 episodes, 1987-1988)
Larry Holt .... stunts (2 episodes, 1987-1989)
Troy Brown .... stunts (2 episodes, 1988)
Bobby Burns .... stunts (2 episodes, 1989-1990)

Al Goto .... stunts (unknown episodes, 1987-1989)
Ed Anders .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Darryl Chan .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Phil Chong .... stunts (unknown episodes)
James Jude Courtney .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Albert Furuto .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Andy Gill .... stunt double: Terence Knox (unknown episodes)
Curtis Lupo .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Khristian Lupo .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Joe Murphy .... utility stunts (unknown episodes)
Ronan Sakai .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Jon Sakata .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Monty L. Simons .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Gary Toy .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Gary J. Wayton .... stunt performer (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Michael E. Little .... camera operator / second operator: camera (58 episodes, 1987-1990)
Richard Sands .... gaffer (24 episodes, 1987-1990)
George Cambra .... key grip (18 episodes, 1987-1988)
Alan Caso .... camera operator (12 episodes, 1987-1989)
James Sweet .... key grip (6 episodes, 1989-1990)
Kevin McGill .... second assistant camera (3 episodes, 1988)
Lennie Evans .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1990)

Robert K. Feldmann .... dolly grip (unknown episodes)
Frederick Iannone .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (unknown episodes)
Lee Redmond .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Louise Dushkin .... vietnamese casting / casting: Vietnamese (24 episodes, 1987-1990)
Marge Spencer .... casting: Hawaii (20 episodes, 1987-1988)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dorothy Amos .... costume supervisor / wardrobe (58 episodes, 1987-1990)
Fred Long .... wardrobe (12 episodes, 1987-1989)
Series Editorial Department
Andy Lichtstein .... telecine colorist (37 episodes, 1989-1990)
Jim Passon .... color timer (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
Karl Jacobsen .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 1989)
Series Music Department
Art Fein .... music consultant (20 episodes, 1987-1988)
John McCullough .... music consultant (6 episodes, 1989-1990)
Series Transportation Department
John Reed .... driver (11 episodes, 1988)

Leroy Reed .... transportation coordinator (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Joseph A. Liuzzi .... location manager (58 episodes, 1987-1990)
Bruce Nahin .... film commissioner (58 episodes, 1987-1990)
L. Travis Clark .... executive consultant (57 episodes, 1987-1990)
Steve Duncan .... executive consultant (57 episodes, 1987-1990)
Michael B. Christy .... technical advisor / technical advisor: military (36 episodes, 1989-1990)
Peter McKernan .... aerial coordinator / helicopter pilot (23 episodes, 1987-1990)
Greg Knapp .... set medic (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
Steven Smith .... executive story editor (12 episodes, 1987-1988)
Robert Burns Clark .... story editor (11 episodes, 1987-1988)
Ed Knight .... script supervisor (6 episodes, 1989-1990)
Bruce Reisman .... story editor (4 episodes, 1987-1988)
Elia Katz .... executive story consultant (4 episodes, 1989)
Jerry Patrick Brown .... story editor (3 episodes, 1989)
David Kemper .... executive story editor (2 episodes, 1990)

Bundy Chanock .... set medic (unknown episodes)
Bob Corff .... voice teacher (unknown episodes)
Alan J. Lam .... production accountant (unknown episodes)
Nicki McCain .... assistant accountant (unknown episodes)
Bill McCamey .... first aid nurse (unknown episodes)
Paul Sinor .... technical advisor: military (unknown episodes)
Bill Walker .... production controller (unknown episodes)

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45 min (58 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

In the 3rd season, the platoon joins the SOG. The Studies and Observations Group, which is an elite commando-style unit that operates behind the lines in Cambodia and Laos. The SOG recruits its members from the Special Forces, Navy SEALs, Marine Force Recon, and Ranger/LRRP units, not from basic infantry soldiers. However when they join it is stated that heavy casualties have left the unit seriously understrength so Goldman and his men are recruited as a stop-gap measure.See more »
Errors in geography: Tan Son Nhut air base, the base camp for the second season, is depicted as a relatively quiet location set amongst woods and hills. In fact, it was - then as now - Saigon's international airport, and one of the busiest airbases in the world at the time. It is located in a heavily built-up area, with neither woods nor hills.See more »
Sgt. Zeke Anderson:Six confirmed kills.
Lt. Myron Goldman:Really? Outstanding! NVA or VC?
Sgt. Zeke Anderson:Monkeys. They didn't say which side they were on.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Black Hawk Down (2001)See more »
Paint It BlackSee more »


When exactly is the series set?
Why does Percell talk about the 'kicking Charlie's ass' during the Tet offensive?
What nations were involved in Vietnam?
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55 out of 60 people found the following review useful.
A Great Moment for Television, 31 August 2000
Author: mackjay from Out there in the dark

"Tour of Duty" was one of the few truly great TV series ever produced. The show has so many good qualities, it is hard to know where to begin. First off, the writing is almost always top-drawer. Plots are often completely unpredictable, regular characters die, an intelligent audience is assumed. Of the fifty-eight episodes filmed, there may be 2 or 3 that are not of the highest caliber.

As for acting, it couldn't be better. All roles are perfectly cast and the mostly superior acting talents involved bring tremendous depth to their textured characters. These people all seem so real. It is, in fact, surprising how few of these cast members have been heard from again. Terence Knox, Stephen Caffrey, Miguel Nunez, Tony Becker, Stan Foster, John Dye, Carl Weathers, Lee Majors and others are simply unforgettable. The viewer follows them through some of the most harrowing and moving plot developments ever conceived for the TV medium. When, in the end, the "Tour" is over, there is an almost overwhelming sense of sadness and loss at seeing these marvelous characters depart. This series concentrates on the relationships that form between men in the military/combat environment. The point is made several times that these people have learned to care about each other and that this bond is what gives meaning to their mission.

A brilliant, wrenching credit to the power of television. "Tour of Duty" should be seen by all.

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