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The Siege of Firebase Gloria (1989)

 -  Action | Drama | War  -  27 January 1989 (USA)
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A tough sergeant and his sidekick roll into a demoralized firebase and proceed to rebuild morale and fortifications in advance of the climactic battle with the VietCong.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Di Nardo
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Hafner
Robert Arevalo ...
Cao Van
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Murphy
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Moran
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Coates (as Clyde R. Jones)
Margi Gerard ...
Flanagan
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Ghost
John Calvin ...
C.O. Williams
Albert Popwell ...
Jones
Michael Cruz ...
Vietnamese Child
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Patrol Member (as Eric Hauser)
Guel Romero ...
Patrol Member
Don Wilson ...
Patrol Member (as Donald Wilson)
Nick Nicholson ...
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Storyline

The film's thin veneer of social propriety (the story of how the VietCong came under Hanoi's control) is merely a cover for a rolicking old-time battle tale, complete with a hard-tack sergeant, his rebellious sidekick, and a demoralized base that needs to be whipped into shape before the VietCong attack. Written by Binyamin Appelbaum

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Against all odds they went to hell and back.

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Action | Drama | War

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Release Date:

27 January 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Firebase  »

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AUD 1,600,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The explosions that follow as Di Nardo returns to the fire base saying, "Fuck your password," after the commando raid are actually fireworks. See more »

Goofs

The movie takes place during the Tet Offensive in January 1968. The centerfold the commanding officer shows in the bunker is Cynthia Myers, Miss December 1968. See more »

Quotes

[Jones watches DiNardo's men shoot wounded Viet Cong]
Jones: Jesus Christ, they're killing wounded!
DiNardo: Don't tell me you feel sorry for them sergeant.
Jones: There're soldiers just like us, wounded!
[a wounded Viet Cong is shot trying to crawl away]
DiNardo: Yes!
Jones: You having a good time? You're fucking crazy you know that? You're really digging this shit! What were you back home? A rapist?
DiNardo: Oh, no. I was just another dumb ass like you.
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Gritty, realistic, and worth the watch
11 April 2004 | by (Alvin, Texas) – See all my reviews

I was an 8 yr old wanna be marine in 1968, having grown up on a steady diet of books about the Marine's island-hopping campaign during WWII and shows like "Combat!", "Sands Of Iwo Jima", "To Hell and Back", and "The Longest Day." My hearts desire was to be with the defenders of a place I could barely pronounce [Khe Sanh]and help them break out of that siege. As a result, over the years I have read almost every combat account/Oral History and a few novels about that particular war and the experience of being in it.

SOFG answered one of the abiding questions I'd always had during my many readings: "What was it like when your firebase was overrun?" I could never quite understand or picture it until I saw that movie. The performances were excellent--R. Lee Ermey in particular--and the character development of the NVA/VC added a welcome and needed layer to the movie. There were flaws, for sure, like rifles that shot for ever, and defenders not crouching down but standing tall; but from what I have read, the movie was realistic and right on target. The very 'feel' of it seemed to capture what I had read about that war.

And to the many vets who served there: thank you for your service and sacrifice for this country, and all that you saw and endured. If instead of Vietman, WWII or Korea had been the 'first TV War', people's repulsion for what they saw as real war would have been taken out in a similar way on those who served in these conflicts.


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