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Writer (WGA):
John Gatliff (written by)
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Release Date:
20 February 1987 (USA) See more »
In a world of compromise, he wouldn't! See more »
Gunnery Sergeant Burns reports for duty to an American Embassy in the Middle East. However due to the 'enlightened' views of the Ambassador... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Uninspired, maybe, but still fun. See more (19 total) »


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Fred Dryer ... Gunnery Sgt. Burns

Joseph Gian ... Sgt. Manuel Ramirez (as Joey Gian)

Sasha Mitchell ... Ruggieri

Peter Parros ... James

Brian Keith ... Col. Halloran

Paul Winfield ... Ambassador

Joanna Pacula ... Elli
Rockne Tarkington ... Jihad
Daniel Chodos ... Amin

Mohammad Bakri ... Gavril (as Mohammed Bakri)
Chaim Girafi ... Zabib (as Haim Gerafi)
Tuvia Tavi ... Elias
Yossi Ashdot ... Hamed
Yossi Virginsky ... Attache
Yossi Virzansky ... Attache
Katya Bishoff ... Daughter
Rassan Tanus ... Arab boy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kasey Walker ... Maude Winter

Directed by
Terry Leonard 
Writing credits
John Gatliff (written by)

Produced by
William Braunstein .... executive producer
Frank Capra Jr. .... executive producer
Lawrence Kubik .... producer
Nava Levin .... associate producer
Arthur H. Maslansky .... executive producer
Original Music by
Brian May 
Cinematography by
Don Burgess 
Film Editing by
Steve Mirkovich 
Casting by
Michael McLean 
April Webster 
Production Design by
Kuli Sander 
Art Direction by
Ladislav Wilheim 
Set Decoration by
Doron Efrat 
Costume Design by
Rochelle Zaltzman 
Makeup Department
Don Angier .... makeup artist
Production Management
Eitan Alon .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eli Cohen .... first assistant director
Sharon Shamir .... second assistant director
Art Department
Doron Mizrachi .... chief propman
Sound Department
R.J. Palmer .... supervising sound editor
Steve Rice .... adr editor
Steve Rice .... dialogue editor
Jerry Trent .... foley artist
Special Effects by
Gary Monak .... special effects
Doug Coleman .... stunts
David D. Darling .... stunts (as David Darling)
Terry Jackson .... additional stunt double: Fred Dryer
Mike Johnson .... stunts
Tracy Keehn-Dashnaw .... stunts (as Tracy Keehn)
Lane Leavitt .... stunts
Kerry Rossall .... stunt coordinator
Paul Sherrod .... stunts
Russell Solberg .... stunts
Frank James Sparks .... stunts (as Frank Sparks)
Kerry Rossall .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Itzik Ben-Aroya .... key grip
Moshe Levin .... camera operator
Moshe Levin .... director of photography: second unit
Tami Porath .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lew Richard .... technical consultant
Editorial Department
Timothy Alverson .... first assistant editor
Reid Burns .... color timer
Transportation Department
Doron Mizrachi .... action vehicles coordinator
Gaby Weismann .... production driver
Other crew
Franco Columbu .... body building coach
Avner Peled .... location manager

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91 min
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The US Embassy in Beirut was bombed in April 1983, six months before the Marine Barrack, not Army barracks, were bombed. Death Before Dishonor uses these incidents in the same manner the Heartbreak Ridge used the invasion of Grenada.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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Uninspired, maybe, but still fun., 10 February 2013
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

"Death Before Dishonor" is a cheesy, nasty, jingoistic piece of work, and pretty fun on that level. In any event, it does exactly what it should be doing, and that's delivering lots of gunfire, explosions, and brutality before revving up for a nicely rousing finale. The villains are utter creeps whose demise we eagerly anticipate, and our hero is a jut jawed type who everybody knows damn well will take on all comers in order to do what's right. It's also the sole feature film vehicle for TV star Fred Dryer ('Hunter'), who plays Marine sergeant "Gunny" Burns, who's stationed in the Middle East. When terrorists manage to kidnap his superior, Colonel Halloran (a lovably crusty Brian Keith), he goes into action. Luscious Polish babe Joanna Pacula plays a dubious journalist covering the terrorists' activities, Paul Winfield (rather wasted) is an officious, typical bureaucrat (the kind of guy in this type of film who will insist that the hero do things by the book), Sasha Mitchell is one of Burns's young soldiers, and Rockne Tarkington, Mohammed Bakri, and Kasey Walker play our unsubtle villains. This marked the only 1st unit directing credit for veteran stuntman and stunt coordinator Terry Leonard, who's worked on films ranging from "McLintock!" to "The Green Hornet". You know it's comfortably familiar stuff, when, even if you're watching it for the first time, you can easily predict upcoming lines of dialogue. The on location shooting is a bonus, as is the excellent music by the under-rated Aussie composer Brian May. The action is first rate, and keeps us happily watching for the duration. And just to show us how sadistic the baddies are, the most memorable scene has them mutilating Keiths' hand with a power drill and threatening his young associate with similar treatment. That makes it all the more glorious when Dryer and associates, with the assistance of the Mossad, launch the climactic attack on the stronghold where Keith is being kept. It's guaranteed to get you cheering and pumping your fist, right up to the final frame. Seven out of 10.

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