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.
Texas Ranger Jake Cutter arrests gambler Paul Regret, but soon finds himself teamed with his prisoner in an undercover effort to defeat a band of renegade arms merchants and thieves known as Comancheros.
A novelization of the film, written by Alexander Edwards, was published in 1974 by Warner Books. The novel was written before the filming of the movie and consequent script changes. There are subtle differences, such as McQ living in an apartment rather than a boat, and the gun used by McQ in the climax is a Mauser in the book instead of the grander Mac 10 used in the movie. Some scenes are deleted or modified, but on the whole the book is true to the movie in both dialogue and plot. See more »
When McQ (John Wayne) breaks into warehouse and isolates the alarm he clips the bypass cable to the wrong side of the circuit (door). See more »
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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