IMDb > Death Before Dishonor (1987)
Death Before Dishonor
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Death Before Dishonor (1987) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 6 | slideshow) Videos
Death Before Dishonor -- When a high-ranking Israeli diplomat and his family are brutally murdered by terrorists, U.S. Marine, Jack Burns (Hunter's Fred Dryer) defies his commander's orders and launches his own bloody war of revenge against the world's deadliest assassins


User Rating:
4.7/10   594 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 19% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Writer (WGA):
John Gatliff (written by)
View company contact information for Death Before Dishonor on IMDbPro.
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 »
Plot Keywords:
(2 articles)
User Reviews:
Peace through superior Dryer power. See more (20 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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
Gregg Rudloff .... sound re-recording mixer
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

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
91 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

The suicide car bombing in this film was probably one out of hundreds of typical incidents in such a troubled spot. Then the abduction of the Colonel (Brian Keith) had a composite incident with the factual abduction of U.S. Marine Lt. Colonel Richard Higgin's during a U.N. peacekeeping mission in 1987. The movie character was rescued, while Higgins was tortured and executed.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.
See more »
Movie Connections:


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Peace through superior Dryer power., 17 April 2011
Author: janus-20 from United Kingdom

Cardinal Richelieu said: "War is one of the scourges with which it has pleased God to afflict men."

The scourge who afflicts men in this wheeze is Gunnery Sgt. Burns (Fred Dryer). Burns is a career soldier, battle hardened and grizzled. He has his own interpretation of American foreign military policy, all foreigners are suspect by default and therefore subject to his military policy.

Armed only with this simple misunderstanding (and highly powered automatic weaponry), Burns' ire is aroused when his superior and friend, Col. Halloran (Brian Keith) is bushwacked and spirited away by babbling, machine gun toting "types". Burns' initial bafflement with his superiors reluctance to blame and incacerate every non-American in a hundred mile radius soon gives way to righteous indignation.

Bullets are soon being chambered, grenades are attached to bandoliers and rocket launchers hefted. Before you can say "United Nations peacekeeping envoy" Gunnery Sgt. Burns is (with the help of a few other people who don't stand on ceremony when there are asses to be kicked) laying siege to the desert fortress of a large man who looks like the product of an unholy union between Chewbacca and Dave Lee Travis (sorry, not funny if your not from the UK). After the smoke clears (and we have learnt that any combatant who has received a knife to the chest still has to be punched in the face really hard and fall from a terrace to ensure neutralisation), everyone who deserved to be (except the writers) is riddled with bullets, blown up and in one case has had a jeep dropped on them.

Possibly you may think I don't care much for this film, based on the above, but you'd be wrong. This is a slightly above average actioner, decently edited action scenes and pushes all the politically wrong buttons to get any red blooded blockhead like me baying for blood.

Its a shame Fred Dryer couldn't bring the same understated, laconic charm to this effort that he did to seven years of the excellent cop show Hunter, but he does make a pretty good action hero. Not a bad action pot boiler and I didn't even know it was Islamophobic until I looked it up on wiki.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (20 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Death Before Dishonor (1987)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Torture scenes? caitlinette
'Patriotic' moment deleted from DVD chriscal2
This movie spoiler liee_49
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Riot Bulletproof Custer's Last Stand American Ninja Secret Agent X-9
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Action section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.