Col. Mike Kirby picks two teams of crack Green Berets for a mission in South Vietnam. First off is to build and control a camp that is trying to be taken by the enemy the second mission is to kidnap a North Vietnamese General.
After his wife takes their son and leaves him, Sgt. John Stryker is an embittered man who takes his misery out on the men under his command. They're a bunch of green recruits who have a hard time dealing with Stryker's tough drills and thicker skin. Even his old friends start to wonder if he's gone from being the epitome of a tough Marine Sergeant to a man over the edge.Written by
Opening credits: While this photoplay is based on the Battle for Iwo Jima, most of the incidents and, except where true names are knowingly used, all of the characters are fictitious. Any resemblance between any such events or characters and actual events or persons is coincidental. See more »
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John Wayne acted in a number of war films: Operation Pacific, Back to Bataan, The Green Berets, and The Longest Day. No doubt, this is his best. It's one of the true classics.
Some may find it unrealistic due to its sanitized language and relatively meager gore (remember, it was made in 1949). But its themes are timeless: duty, honor, country. The skillful integration of battle scenes and real-life newsreel footage makes it seem almost like a documentary.
If you want a politically correct war film, try something else. If you want a well-made, well-acted, patriotic film, this is it.
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