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The Siege of Firebase Gloria (1989)

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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Cpl. Joseph L. DiNardo
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Bill Hafner
Robert Arevalo ...
Cao Van
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Murphy
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Moran
Clyde Jones ...
Coates (as Clyde R. Jones)
Margaret Gerard ...
Flanagan (as Margi Gerard)
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Ghost
John Calvin ...
C.O. Williams
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Jones
Michael Cruz ...
Vietnamese Child
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Patrol Member (as Eric Hauser)
Miguel Romero ...
Patrol Member (as Guel Romero)
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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)  »

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The Firebase  »

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AUD 1,600,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

R. Lee Ermey, who plays Sgt. Maj. Hafner, really is a former US Marine and veteran of the Vietnam War. See more »

Goofs

The "air cavalry" pilot consistently has his helmet microphone several inches away from his mouth. Because of the noise levels in Hueys, pilots kept their microphones touching their upper lip for best results. See more »

Quotes

[DiNardo is beating and torturing a wounded Viet Cong prisoner]
Captain Flanagan: What the hell are you doing? Leave him alone!
DiNardo: Look lady, this is called "extracting infromation". Do you understand that?
Captain Flanagan: So we torture prisoners now, do we?
DiNardo: You're goddamn right! This ain't Nebraska, lady.
Captain Flanagan: Well you don't do it in my hospital!
DiNardo: Oh no?
[continues hitting the wounded prisoner]
DiNardo: Chot lai! Talk to me!
Captain Flanagan: What kind of animal are you?
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References The Mighty Mouse Playhouse (1955) See more »

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I was there - This is like a 'Nam Vet's 2 hour home movie.
6 February 2003 | by (Fayetteville, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

This movie is so good it's scary. I'm glad I didn't see it in a theater because I would have freaked out most of the audience! It was like being back there again! Lee Ermey is good but in this one, he is FANTASTIC; Wings Hauser also turns in a superb job as his close friend and is very believable, for a civilian (meaning non-military), and the clown who plays the chopper pilot is so REAL, I couldn't believe that he WASN'T a 'Nam pilot! I spent 16 months over there and was on many Firebases, and was overrun many times and this film over the ensuing years has caused me many flashbacks, but it's so great, I can't help re-watching it again and again - I just don't plan on getting much sleep that night. If you haven't seen it- Do so! It's the best Viet-Nam flick on the market-I think even better than Full metal Jacket, because it's serious to the end.


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