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Death Before Dishonor (1987)

R  |   |  Action, Drama  |  20 February 1987 (USA)
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Gunnery Sergeant Burns reports for duty to an American Embassy in the Middle East. However due to the 'enlightened' views of the Ambassador, the marine security detachment he is in charge ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gunnery Sgt. Burns
Sgt. Manuel Ramirez (as Joey Gian)
Col. Halloran
Rockne Tarkington ...
Daniel Chodos ...
Gavril (as Mohammed Bakri)
Zabib (as Haim Gerafi)
Tuvia Tavi ...
Yossi Ashdot ...
Yossi Virginsky ...
Yossi Virzansky ...


Gunnery Sergeant Burns reports for duty to an American Embassy in the Middle East. However due to the 'enlightened' views of the Ambassador, the marine security detachment he is in charge of is severely restricted in their functions and presence to avoid upsetting the host government. As a result, when terrorists attack the compound, they are able to kidnap hostages and escape with little opposition. Burns ignores the Ambassador's restrictions, and throws the rule books out the window, as he becomes a one man army in an attempt to rescue the hostages, and wipe out the terrorists. Written by Brian W Martz <>

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In a world of compromise, he wouldn't! See more »


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Release Date:

20 February 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los héroes jamás se rinden  »

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$4,546,244 (USA)

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US military in Lebanon AKA "Jamal" the event with the suicide car bomber is based on a true event in Beirut 1983 but it was an American army barrack not an American embassy. See more »


Gunnery Sgt. Burns: Both sides of those rocks.
Ruggieri: Why we got to paint both sides of the rocks?
James: I don't know.
Gunnery Sgt. Burns: You boys ever heard of Korea?
James: Yes sir, Gunny.
Gunnery Sgt. Burns: Well then you are probably very familar with the conflict at Hill 442. Is that right?
Ruggieri: Yes sir. Everyone has heard of that battle.
Gunnery Sgt. Burns: And did you know your Colonel is personally responsible for pulling 52 marines off that hill? Alive.
Gunnery Sgt. Burns: So don't you think the Colonel deserves to have his rocks painted tops and bottoms?
Gunnery Sgt. Burns: Good; paint the rocks.
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ahead of its time
4 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Good casting and good plot. Modern movie watchers can say "predictable"; however, they've seen lots of action films SINCE 1987 that make plot elements here rather familiar. Don't you think? They acted like marines; everyone was fit and could do the wall climbs, etc. People seemed to be willing to do things not for money--that was a bit unusual, to the end that the "good guys" won! It was patriotic, sure, but in this age (2011) of from the top-down complacency, this patriotism comes across as welcome, I'd say. Good Action. Only the blond photographer lady seemed miscast to me. As you can see from the high score, I liked it!

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