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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 overview, first billed only:
Robert Arevalo ...
Clyde Jones ...
Coates (as Clyde R. Jones)
Margaret Gerard ...
Flanagan (as Margi Gerard)
C.O. Williams
Michael Cruz ...
Vietnamese Child
Patrol Member (as Eric Hauser)
Miguel Romero ...
Patrol Member (as Guel Romero)
Patrol Member (as Donald Wilson)
Nick Nicholson ...


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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Release Date:

27 January 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Firebase  »

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Box Office


AUD 1,600,000 (estimated)
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(partly: Black & White)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Cao Van: [in Vietnamese; subtitled] Well, that was another perfect example of how to waste ammunition. Your mortar crews couldn't hit my old grandmother in the ass at two paces! I want better next time. Much better!
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Most realistic Viet Nam movie ever made
27 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

There are many comments already about this movie but as a vet and been there I consider this as many of the other vets have said in their comments...a super great and realistic movie. Not for the squimish but if you want to see what it really was like..this is the movie for you. Certainly NOT...for children! I agree with the other VN vets...only those who were not there would pick it apart for tech details and acting abilities. I agree the wisecracking chopper pilot is a bit overdone for sure but that's hollywood for you. Ignoring that, it is still the best and most truthfull depiction of what it was really like. Former USMC....Jerry von Lind

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