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.
The 1973 Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am 455 Super Duty seen in the film is a rare car with only 252 being made that model year. In excellent condition at auction, and especially in the rarest "Brewster green" color, in 2017 that car could fetch well over $150,000. See more »
When Myra is murdered, the hit man uses a revolver with a suppressor. A suppressor is effective only when all the gases expelled from the cartridge are channeled through it. Semi-automatics and automatics do this by design, because the chamber holding the cartridge is continuous with the barrel. Revolvers, however, have a small gap between the cylinder and the forcing cone of the barrel (the cylinder gap) as a necessity of their design (because the cylinder has to turn). Some gas expelled from the fired round escapes at this point, and this discharge of gas is enough to render the suppressor useless. (A possible exception to this would be a gas-seal revolver, but the hit man is clearly using a traditional revolver that shows a flash of gas escaping the cylinder gap with his first pull of the trigger.) See more »
[McQ's Pontiac has just been sandwiched and smashed between two semi trucks in an alley. The cops arrive and find McQ in the wreckage]
How bad are you hurt?
How the hell do I know? Get some foam on this thing! I'm up to my butt in gas!
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I was happy I'd had a particularly busy week, and decided to "veg-out" for a while early Friday afternoon. As a result, noticed this being run on AMC at a time I normally wouldn't have watched.
For some reason, this is one of the Duke's film which I'd missed earlier, and had never taped or rented. (It also reminded me of how infrequently one saw him on-screen in contemporary, civilian attire.)
One of his later films, not many years before his illness and death, he seemed surprisingly spry and energetic at age 67. And the story was interesting (from the start to the end) and gripping, and the remaining actors well-cast and excellent.
With John Wayne now gone for more than 30 years, it's particularly nostalgic and enjoyable to watch one of his movies you haven't seen before.
This may not quite be a 10* flick, if one were rating in a contemporary fashion. But for the above reasons, I enjoyed it at this level today.
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