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 the Civil War, ex-Confederate soldiers heading for a new life in Mexico run into ex-Union cavalrymen selling horses to the Mexican government but they must join forces to fight off Mexican bandits and revolutionaries.
U.S. Special Forces troops ("Green Berets") under the command of Colonel Mike Kirby defend a firebase during the Vietnam war. War correspondent George Beckwith accompanies Kirby and objects to both the war and the means by which it is executed. Kirby's firebase is overrun and his troops fight bravely to retake it. Kirby and a select group of his men are then ordered on a special mission to capture a high-level Viet Cong officer.Written by
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The movie was particularly controversial given that John Wayne did not serve in World War II - unlike older actors like Robert Montgomery (Naval officer on destroyer U.S.S. Barton; participated in D-Day invasion), Eddie Albert (U.S. Navy reserve officer decorated for rescuing trapped U.S. Marines at Tarawa in 1943), Clark Gable (as a B-17 bomber crewman) and Henry Fonda (Sailor on destroyer U.S.S. Satterlee). See more »
The original poster states that "At the start of the movie, the orientation team is a part of the 3rd Special Forces Group. Muldoon and McGee are wearing 3rd Group flashes on their berets." This is incorrect. The solid red flashes on the berets of the orientation team, Muldoon and McGee at the beginning of the film are the flashes of the 7th Special Forces Group, not the 3rd SFG. See more »
I found the film quite enjoyable and have always enjoyed John Wayne movies in general. There were some noticeable technical glitches in the movie that could have been avoided. Maybe the budget wasn't much. Still, one can easily overlook the problems for the sake of enjoying the movie. The attack on the "A" camp was epic in proportion and really draws you in.
Now, with that being said, I would like to speak a bit to the political implications of the film. First, comments from someone not from the United States and who probably wasn't ever in Southeast Asia are just so much tripe in my opinion. There are many "armchair quarterbacks" out there that have all the answers. The film makes an honest attempt to illicit the patriotism needed at that time. Everybody loves to bash on the U.S. about Viet Nam. How about the Falklands.... South Africa.... Ireland?
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